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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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  • Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

    Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

    March 11th, 2016Stephen Keeling
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    Colombia meets Jamaica? Not quite, but two competing images loom large over the Caribbean island of Providencia: Bob Marley, adopted saint of the local Raizal population, and Johnny Depp, fictional hero of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and a symbol of everything ‘pirate’ to the local tourism industry. It’s all a very long... Read more »

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  • 15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

    15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

    March 2nd, 2016Steph Dyson
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    South America has become a favoured destination for the intrepid backpacker, and while it’s impressive in the astounding diversity of its nations, there are a number of universal lessons that every traveller will learn at some point during their time here. So whether you fell foul of altitude or accepted that you – inevitably – suck... Read more »

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  • Why Córdoba is Argentina’s most underrated region

    Why Córdoba is Argentina’s most underrated region

    February 24th, 2016Shafik Meghji
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    Although long popular with Argentine tourists, Córdoba Province receives few foreign visitors, despite being one of the most diverse parts of the country. This underrated region is home to hip cities, kitsch Germania, iconic revolutionaries, skydiving hubs, UFO-spotters, and perhaps the finest horse riding on the continent. Because its capital is getting cool The capital of... Read more »

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Colombia

    12 tips for backpacking Colombia

    February 22nd, 2016Stephen Keeling
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    Colombia is a nation on the rise. The land of Shakira, Gabriel García Márquez and James Rodríguez has it all, from the bougainvillea-festooned streets of Cartagena and the mysterious tombs of Tierradento. There’s white-water rafting at San Gil and all-night salsa clubs in Cali, and as a bonus, the Colombian peso is at its lowest... Read more »

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  • The subtropical river system just 30 minutes from Buenos Aires

    The subtropical river system just 30 minutes from Buenos Aires

    February 19th, 2016Shafik Meghji
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    Just outside Buenos Aires, Argentina is one of South America’s most unexpected landscapes – the Paraná Delta. Part of the continent’s second largest river system, it is accessed via a Victorian-style toy train and the town of Tigre, an idiosyncratic cross between England’s Henley-on-Thames and Italy’s Venice.            With a population... Read more »

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  • 8 must-visit places in South America you’ve probably never heard of

    8 must-visit places in South America you’ve probably never heard of

    February 15th, 2016Steph Dyson
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    Access to even some of the more remote parts of South America has improved in the past few decades, establishing a now well-etched tourist trail. But if you want to escape the crowds and make a beeline for an unexplored South American treasure, look no further than this list of the places you’ve never heard... Read more »

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  • Why Uruguay is South America’s best beach destination

    Why Uruguay is South America’s best beach destination

    February 12th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    Squeezed between Argentina and Brazil and shaped a bit like a football, Uruguay doesn’t feature on your average South American checklist. But with its progressive politics, sizzling asado culture and some of the best beaches on the continent, we think it should. From off-grid hippie enclaves (note: cannabis was legalised here in 2014) to chic... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons to visit Bogotá: South America’s underrated capital

    6 reasons to visit Bogotá: South America’s underrated capital

    January 29th, 2016Olivia Rawes
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    Polluted, rainy and business-orientated. Let’s face it, a trip to Bogotá hardly sounds appealing. And many travellers don’t bother to probe much further than this bleak reputation, seeing Bogotá either as somewhere to be skipped out altogether, or as merely a logistical blot on a more exciting itinerary. Other Latin American cities such as Buenos... Read more »

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  • 6 incredible journeys in South America

    6 incredible journeys in South America

    November 30th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    South America is blessed with some of the most astonishing landscapes on earth. This dynamic continent has enthralled travellers for centuries with its array of natural wonders, ancient ruins and modern metropolises. It holds some of the world’s most impressive beaches, most fascinating cultures and most thrilling adventure activities. But one of the greatest joys... Read more »

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  • The man who accidentally picked up a pet penguin in Uruguay

    The man who accidentally picked up a pet penguin in Uruguay

    November 13th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Tom Michell, author of The Penguin Lessons, was an intrepid but fairly ordinary 23 year old when he travelled to Argentina in the 1970s to teach English in a boys’ school. But on one school break, in which he travelled through Brazil and Uruguay, he picked up an unusual companion… Here’s the story of how it... Read more »

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  • Bolivia’s most beautiful journeys

    Bolivia’s most beautiful journeys

    November 4th, 2015Steph Dyson
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    As T.S. Eliot once said, “The journey, not the arrival, matters,” and nowhere is this truer than travelling in Bolivia. Here, we’ve picked five of the most beautiful travel routes through the country. Follow these to witness some of the finest scenery Bolivia has to offer. For magnificent mountains: La Paz to Copacabana Mode of transport: Bus... Read more »

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