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  • Santa Cruz: gateway to an alternative Bolivia

    Santa Cruz: gateway to an alternative Bolivia

    April 22nd, 2013Neil McQuillian
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    A new direct flight route from Europe to Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia could open up another side to the country writes Neil McQuillian. Travellers setting off on a South American tour rarely make Bolivia their first port of call. But as non-stop flights between Europe and the county restarted again last November (with Air Europa),... Read more »

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  • On the trail of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia

    On the trail of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia

    April 19th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    The Polish woman grins as the car ferry to Tierra del Fuego crashes over the Magellan Strait. The bus groans and moves very slightly forward, grazing the truck in front of us. I grip my chair. She waves a book at me. “Have you read our excellent Podróże Marzeń guide to Chile?” She smiles again... Read more »

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  • Ten great places to see animals up close

    Ten great places to see animals up close

    April 15th, 2013Site Editor
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    There’s few more thrilling travel experiences than getting up close and personal with animals in their natural environment. Here, taken from the pages of Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth, are ten ideas for nature lovers around the world. Whether it’s wolves in Wyoming or jellyfish in Palau, there’s all kinds of experiences... Read more »

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  • Five awe-inspiring religious ceremonies

    Five awe-inspiring religious ceremonies

    April 9th, 2013Site Editor
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    Catching a religious event or gathering in another country can be an exhilerating experience. Here, from the pages of Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth, we present five spectacular declarations of faith from all over the globe. Easter in Seville, Spain Pin “Semana Santa” (or Holy Week) is the most spectacular of all... Read more »

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  • Hunting for the world’s best chocolate in Venezuela

    Hunting for the world’s best chocolate in Venezuela

    March 28th, 2013Alasdair Baverstock
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    As we walked along the beach road towards Chuao, a coastal Venezuelan town, a local was approaching from the other direction, swinging a machete in time with his steps. On either side of the concrete surface, the dense jungle towered above: enormous mango trees, banana groves, bamboo thickets and the shorter cocoa (or cacao) plants... Read more »

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  • 20 world class walks

    20 world class walks

    March 11th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • Meet the locals – how to immerse yourself on your travels

    Meet the locals – how to immerse yourself on your travels

    March 7th, 2013Site Editor
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    However good your intentions are, it’s often all too easy to retreat to the comfort of the hotel room and shy away from really engaging with the locals when you’re on your travels. Here’s a selection of holiday ideas that will thrust you into the heart of the community you’re visiting and foster a much... Read more »

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  • The view from Caracas as a nation mourns Chávez

    The view from Caracas as a nation mourns Chávez

    March 7th, 2013Alasdair Baverstock
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    As Venezuela mourns its lost leader Huge Chávez, Alasdair Baverstock describes the mood in Caracas and reflects on the country’s reputation abroad. Twelve hours after President Hugo Chávez died, the central square of Caracas was still occupied by his red-clad supporters. Through the television lens, broadcasting into homes around the world, the scene looked terrifying.... Read more »

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  • What exactly was Machu Picchu?

    What exactly was Machu Picchu?

    February 25th, 2013Site Editor
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    Mark Adams, author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, uncovers the myths and mystery around the spellbinding Peruvian landmark. This year, around a million visitors will make the epic journey to Machu Picchu – an odyssey that for most people entails a long flight to Lima, a second flight to Cusco, and then a three-and-a-half... Read more »

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  • Travelling for the first time

    Travelling for the first time

    February 18th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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    We’ve just published new editions of The Rough Guide to First-Time Europe and The Rough Guide to First-Time Around the World, and they’ve got us thinking about the advice we wish we’d been given before our first big trips abroad. Travelling for the first time can be daunting. Do you go alone? What do you... Read more »

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  • Top skiing and snowboarding destinations

    Top skiing and snowboarding destinations

    February 15th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • Island-hopping among the dolphins in Venezuela

    Island-hopping among the dolphins in Venezuela

    February 14th, 2013Alasdair Baverstock
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    We were barely five minutes from the shore when the dolphins appeared, their splashing visible along the distinct line between the earthy-red of the landmasses and the deep blue of the Caribbean. At the tiller, Jhonny (the silent Spanish “J” affording him an unusual title) made a beeline for them, attracting their attention by rhythmically... Read more »

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