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Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 23 March 2014

Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. The best point of departure is Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché.

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Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 February 2014

Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. That might seem like an odd logical leap, but all efforts to conserve existing forests and regenerate degraded lands merit a closer look. This is especially true in places like Costa Rica.

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Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

  • Alexandra Branscombe
  • 14 January 2014

Lacking the aggressive tourism practices found in Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is delightfully free of pressure. Visitors here find a more wholesome and native Brazilian experience, whether it involves walking the same cobblestone streets that the Brazilian imperial family once did or gazing out at the Atlantic Rainforest from the top of a mountain.

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Community-Based Tourism in Northern Nicaragua

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 15 July 2013

These days, people living in the northern highlands of Nicaragua enjoy a far more tranquil existence than the war-torn 1980s. These peaceful times have helped in the welcome growth of a variety of successful community-based tourism projects. These local responsible travel initiatives are improving the livelihoods of local mountain residents.

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The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Busha Village, a Bright Star on the Tourist Map of Ukraine

  • Natalia Lukianovich
  • 17 October 2012

For a long time I had dreamed of running away from Kiev, but, for many reasons, I was tied to my city life. Then, during one of my annual small trips around Ukraine, I accidentally found the village of Busha. It was then that I knew that I’d soon be living here – and the very next year I began my new life. I have finally found what I was looking for and am eager to share it with visitors, who can stay in my home.

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Video Spotlight: Across the Andes

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 21 September 2012

Take a quick trip through the Andes and over the Altiplano with this week’s video spotlight. Well-paced time-lapse footage follows winding mountain paths across Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, offering breathtaking views of ragged mountain tops, ancient monuments and local city life along the way.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacation on the Greek Island of Zakynthos

  • Angie Aspinall
  • 13 July 2012

If, like me, you’re the sort of person who likes bird-watching in Lesvos, walking in Madeira or soaking up the sun on a beach in Corfu, then it’s safe to say that Zakynthos needs you. Lately there’s been a decrease in people like us holidaying on this beautiful Ionian island and an increase in younger people looking for a ‘club 18-30’ style holiday. As a result, the wildlife on the island is suffering and a resurgence of ecotourism would help.

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The Top Six Things to Do in Seychelles

  • Africa.com
  • 11 July 2012

The island nation of Seychelles, located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, is known for its remarkable beauty and breathtaking beaches. The country’s small population and incredible geography and climate makes it one of the most idyllic tourist spots in all of Africa. Seychelles boasts a long and unique history that has been influenced by African, Arab, Asian and European cultures.

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