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Taking the High Road: Mountain Treks for All

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 April 2012

For centuries, high-minded travellers, wise men and ladies alike, have sought out the world’s mountains, revelling in the challenge of the climb and capturing in photographs and ink the terrific views and exaltation that come at the end of long and strenuous hikes. Ridge-rambling adventurers are, if anything, more numerous today than ever before. Fortunately, mountain treks abound, gauged to hikers of all abilities.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of the Year 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 January 2012

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. And with it the grace of another 44 incredible Photos of the Week. We are nevertheless once again proud to present our Photos of the Year – the travel pictures of the year 2011 that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of expert external judges. Unlike our Photo of the Year 2010, this year, we had a tie for first place.

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Travel2Change Sustainable Community Projects in Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka and Brazil

  • Travel2change
  • 16 September 2011

Projects in Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka and Brazil have been announced as the winners of the first travel2change idea challenge. Over 500 members joined the travel2change online community since its launch in late April 2011, and submitted around 60 innovative project proposals. The submitted ideas were evaluated based on creativity, effectiveness, impact, feasibility and sustainability.

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Taking the High Road from Cusco to La Paz: Bus Travel in South America

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 19 August 2011

I weighed the advice of a local tour operator in Cusco, Peru. He was helping me plan the next leg of my trip to La Paz, Bolivia. “I suggest you take an airplane,” he said. I considered my options: a 14-hour overnight bus ride or a one-hour flight. “I think I’ll… take the bus,” I said. I made my decision for a combination of reasons, including my concerns about airplane travel: its heavy carbon emissions and its insulation from the local experience of place and journey in which I believe.

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Finding the Fairest Souvenirs: How to Shop Responsibly

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 August 2011

Fellow travellers, I have a weakness: I like to shop. Worse, when I travel, my addiction takes over. My Achilles heel is for local souvenirs, the more creative and original, the better. Among my finer purchases is a gorgeous green silk scarf bought in Vietnam, an unusual hand-carved mask from Belize that now hangs on my wall and a pair of small but colourful paintings I picked up in Peru.

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Photo of the Week: Vicuñas, Colca Canyon, Peru

  • Alberto Gonzales (Photo) Mariel Gonzales (Text)
  • 17 July 2011

The vicuña is an Andean camelid. While it can be found living wild in Bolivia, Chile and parts of Argentina, this creature is most closely associated with Peru as it is the country’s national animal, appearing on its coat of arms. The Pampas de Tocra of Peru are home to a large proportion the vicuña population of Colca Canyon and once a year the local people celebrate a vicuña festival called Chacu.

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Inti Raymi: The Sun God Festival of Cusco, Peru

  • Fernando Carrasco
  • 20 May 2011

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people – locals and foreigners alike – flock to Cusco, Peru, for Inti Raymi, one of the biggest annual festivals in South America. A solstice celebration of ancient Incan origin, it survived colonial Spain’s attempt to stifle it in the 16th century to become the grandest traditional display of Inca culture that still flourishes in living colour today.

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The Good, the Bath and the Ugly

  • Lindsay Young
  • 3 May 2011

When travelling, it’s always fun to stumble upon both famous and lesser-known local bathing spots. However, while I love to be surprised by historical and natural baths in different destination, not everybody likes surprises, and the bathing experiences found on the road are often hit or miss. In fact, in my experience, local baths get misnamed, over hyped and overlooked. Here are a few cases in point in England, Hungary, Iceland and Peru.

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Photo of the Week: La Costa Verde, Miraflores, Lima, Peru

  • Wallace Faria (Photo and Text)
  • 27 March 2011

As usual, I was travelling around South America with my girlfriend. During our research about Peru, we read a lot about the Miraflores neighbourhood in Lima and decided to stay there for a few days before leaving for Cusco and Machu Picchu. On the way there, we drove us along this beautiful road by the sea called La Costa Verde – the Green Coast.

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Photo of the Week: The Church of Tisco, Arequipa, Peru

  • Alberto Gonzales (Photo) Mariel Gonzalez (Text)
  • 20 March 2011

This photo was taken in the town of Tisco, which is just located about 200 kilometres north of Arequipa, Peru. It is one of the highest settlements in the Colca Valley. The church pictured here was built when members of the order of Dominican Monks lived in the area before their expulsion in the 18th century. It is set in the midst of a large area of puna and grassland perfect for raising llamas, alpacas and sheep.

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