Central & South America

  • 21 The world's best toy shops
    Hamleys, London Established in 1760, the seven-storey toy shop on Regents Street is a treat for any family shopping day in the capital. Rocking horses, dolls and other traditional toys, educational toys,...

  • 22 Flying south for winter
    Usually a Monarch butterfly lives for just four or five short weeks. But by some miracle of nature, the last generation of the summer may survive for as long as seven months, allowing them to fly south...

  • 23 And the word is 'wonderful'!
    On-line, by phone and by text messages, thousands of people around the world have been involved in voting in this initiative launched by the New7Wonders Foundation. Chosen from a short list of twenty-eight,...

  • 24 Puerto Rico: more than just rum
    It's not just Johnny Depp who has found Puerto Rico the perfect location: from the classic 1963 Lord of the Flies, to the up-coming Treasure Island starring Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver, the cluster...

  • 25 Costa Rica: a rainbow in shades of green
    That fact that 25% of Costa Rica is classified as a protected area – a proportion no other country can boast – says a lot about the country's wealth of flora and fauna and the generosity of...

  • 26 The natural wonders of the world
    The idea of listing the wonders of the world is hardly a new thing. The historian Herodotus compiled his own list way back in the fifth century BC, and from then on many have been unable to resist the...

  • 27 Panama, a land of abundance
    Panama owes its existence to the canal, which has marked the life and politics of the country since it seceded from Colombia in 1903, and which remains today one of its greatest assets. There's no ...

  • 28 Puerto Vallarta, a Pacific paradise
    Archaeological evidence suggests that the area was settled two and a half thousand years ago, but it's only since the Sixties that Puerto Vallarta has become more widely known outside Mexico. Famed for...

  • 29 Everything's coming up roses in Ecuador
    They say that Ecuador is the home of the world's most beautiful roses. Whether that's true, or not, it's a fact that cultivation of flowers for export has become a major industry in the mountainous Andes...

  • 30 Panamericano, a privileged view over the capital of tango
    There are certain places around the world that simply must be seen, and the fascinating city of Buenos Aires is one of them. It doesn't matter if it's springtime, high summer, autumn, or winter: any...

  • 31 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, Tanzania People who have had the good fortune to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania say that until you've seen the sun set over the great orange plains you haven't lived. The image...

  • 32 In search of Utopia in Mexico
    The name Vasco de Quiroga may not be very well known outside the Spanish-speaking world, but 500 years after his death the people of  Michoacan in Mexico still remember with affection the Spanish...

  • 33 One&Only Palmilla, a paradise on the Mexican coast
    Originally accessible only by yacht or private plane, the resort dates from the Fifties when it was a tropical hideaway that welcomed such guests as John Wayne, Lucille Ball and Bing Crosby. Its popularity...

  • 34 All eyes on Quito, American Capital of Culture, 2011
    Thirty-two years ago, the vibrant capital of Ecuador was named  a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This year, as American Capital of Culture, the city – which boasts the largest and best preserved...

  • 35 Carnival around the world
    There's no doubt the Venice carnival is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether you're actually lucky enough to wear one of the vintage costumes and enigmatic masks of what is one of the most traditional of...

  • 36 In Brazil, life's a beach
    From Jeri to Florianopolis, Brazil is home to beaches that border on perfection. Indeed, there are so many candidates for the title of 'most beautiful' that it would be hard to list them all, let alone...

  • 37 Through the Clouds to Machu Picchu


    

Until 1911 the ruins of Machu Picchu were a secret lost to the world at large. Nobody would have imagined that among the inaccessible ravines of the Cordillera de los Andes mountain range lay hidden...

  • 38 The most romantic destinations for lovers

    It's that time of year again, when Valentine's Day looms and love is on everyone's lips. Maybe you think February 14th is just another date on the calendar, but there are plenty who will be using it as...

  • 39 La Lancha: one of Coppola's favourite locations
    Of the three resorts owned by the great Hollywood director – the others are Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge, both in nearby Belize – La Lancha is his favourite. The resort is set in the rainforest...

  • 40 Las Casitas del Colca: 'little houses' with spectacular views
    Las Casitas del Colca offers the most luxurious accommodation in the region: a score of  stylish casitas – 'little houses' – individual cottages, each with spacious lounge area and bathroom,...



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