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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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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    July 2nd, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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  • The best aerial views in the world

    The best aerial views in the world

    December 17th, 2014Olivia Rawes
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  • Discovering a lost world on Mount Roraima

    Discovering a lost world on Mount Roraima

    May 20th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    In the mysterious setting of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, Kiki Deere explores one of the world’s most unusual landscapes. The customs procedures take less time than I anticipate as I cross onto Venezuelan soil from Brazil and drive towards what is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural sights. My shared taxi... Read more »

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  • 20 geological wonders of the world

    20 geological wonders of the world

    November 25th, 2013Alison Roberts
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  • 25 breaks for bookworms

    25 breaks for bookworms

    October 28th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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  • The world’s most intense storms, Venezuela

    The world’s most intense storms, Venezuela

    July 22nd, 2013Alasdair Baverstock
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    Every night on Lake Maracaibo the clouds gather to perform the world’s most intense storms. Thunder and lightning crash about in the skies as residents of the local villages, built on stilts, sleep peacefully in their shacks. Alasdair Baverstock went to investigate. The towering thunderclouds that had been swelling upwards into the enormous skies were... Read more »

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  • The least friendly countries for tourists?

    The least friendly countries for tourists?

    June 25th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Whether you’re on a weekend away or a month-long adventure, being made to feel unwelcome by rude or unpleasant locals can make or break a holiday. So, if you don’t want to be shunned by waitresses and dismissed by taxi drivers, then Pakistan and Russia are apparently not for you. Following an HSBC poll on the... Read more »

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  • Transported cultures

    Transported cultures

    May 16th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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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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  • 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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  • 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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