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  • Autumn Holidays | Best Places To Visit In The Fall | Rough Guides
    cheapest places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by

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  • Madagascan marvels: reefs, rainforests and red-ruffed lemurs | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    easy to view up close Often overlooked in favour of higher end destinations such as the Seychelles and Mauritius Madagascar is a great option for an adventurous Indian Ocean break the terrain is incredible the pace of life mora mora slowly slowly and cultural life revolves around a fascinating system of ancestral worship and fady taboos The patchwork of misty rainforest on the island s east coast makes for a great introduction to the country offering guaranteed lemur sightings and coral strewn waters Domestic security has improved since the country s 2009 coup Britain has announced the reopening of its embassy in the capital Antananarivo known locally as Tana in 2013 but you d still do well to check the latest advisories before you travel Below are our suggestions for a relaxed two week visit Masoala National Park Perched in the far northeast of the island Masoala National Park is the country s largest protected park and most diverse primary rainforest area unique for its combination of forest and coast Soaring trees with oversized buttress roots covered in creepers and orchids reach all the way down to exquisite sandy beaches where humpback whales appear in the water and volcanic rock formations scatter the shore Accessed by a flight and boat trip from Tana the national park isn t easy to get to but it s undoubtedly worth the journey All photos by Alison Roberts and James Morris Of the string of remote lodges that run along the coast here Tampolodge is arguably the best placed it sits on a fabulous beach and adjacent to the beautiful Tampolo river estuary Here you ll spend your days walking with a dedicated guide who will help you spot handsome red ruffed lemurs enormous vividly coloured Parson s chameleons and if you re lucky the cartoon like blue beaked helmet vanga a real prize for keen twitchers Between day and night walks you can cool off with a snorkel along the edge of the nearby marine park which is inhabited by stingrays dolphins and lionfish Or you can take a trip to the nearby small island of Nosy Mangabe where you ll be in with a chance of glimpsing the curious aye aye a distinctive looking lemur with saucer sized green eyes and tarantula like fingers Andasibe Mantadia National Park Just a three hour journey east from Tana you are guaranteed to see troops of indris in Andasibe National Park These toddler sized lemurs have bear like faces long powerful black and white limbs for springing through the trees and a piercingly loud echoing call that sounds like air escaping from a giant balloon Don t miss the excellent night walks around the fringes of the park when well informed guides direct your torchlight to the glowing eyes of tiny nocturnal mouse lemurs as well as sleeping chameleons with curled tails Neighbouring Mantadia National Park which has even fewer tourists is the best place to witness the stunning diademed sifaka a lemur with vivid

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  • The top five extra-terrestrial landscapes | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports The top five extra terrestrial landscapes By Site Editor July 5th 2012 View Comments Things aren t always as they seem and although you may feel like you ve stepped onto the set of a sci fi movie these extra terrestrial looking landscapes are set firmly on our planet Feel like you ve been transported to a whole new world in these five striking stunning and perhaps even a little bit spooky landscapes Salar de Uyuni Bolivia Some 3650m above sea level in the remote Andes of southwest Bolivia the Salar is the largest salt flat in the world a brilliantly white and perfectly flat desert that stretches over 10 000 square kilometres In some places the salt is over 120m deep saturated with water its thick surface crust patterned with strange polygons of raised salt crystals that add to the unearthly feel When dry the salt shines with such intensity you ll find yourself reaching down to check it s not ice or snow And after a heavy rainfall the Salar transforms into an immense mirror Chocolate Hills Philippines The surreal Chocolate Hills are known throughout the Philippines named so because during the dry season the scrub vegetation that covers them is roasted brown and with a short stretch of the imagination they really do resemble endless rows of chocolate drops They look and feel like something from a prehistoric world but blink again they are really there Some geologists believe that these unique forty metre mounds there are said to be 1 268 of them if you count were formed from deposits of coral and limestone sculpted by centuries of erosion Most locals however will tell you that the hills are the calcified tears of a giant whose heart was broken by the death of a mortal lover Tsingy s bread knife forest Madagascar Serrated limestone rock formations sharp as bread knives cut up through the landscape of western Madagascar creating baroque grottos and pinnacles Dry and seemingly unhospitable they are home to extraordinary wildlife Even fat boababs manage to grab hold in this alien environment But extraordinary beauty is also found in the detail miniature red ants and tiny jewelled orchids dazzle against jagged bone coloured stone Valley of the Moon Chile Enveloped in silence you ride across the Atacama with a stunning panorama for a backdrop flat arid fields punctuated by jagged age old boulders give way to red crested dunes and valleys layered in a thin orange and white crust its easy to see why NASA chose here to field test their Martian rover When dawn breaks the sky springs to life in fiery hues from blood red to burnt amber Sci Fi plants of Mount Kenya Kenya On day three of the Naro Moru trail once you ve overcome the slightly daunting vertical bog the wonders of

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  • The Best Travel Photography on Picfair | Rough Guides
    Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports The best photography on Picfair the locals By Lottie Gross September 2nd 2014 View Comments For the second piece in our Best of Picfair series we take a look at locals around the world From Haiti to Vietnam here is some of the best travel photography from some of the top photographers on Picfair a website that lets amateurs and professionals upload and sell their photographs for a fair price Next month s theme is water Upload your photos to picfair com and tag them with RGwater to be in with a chance of having your travel photography showcased right here Market stall holder Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam Xanh by Stefan Ferreira Picfair Balloon seller Udaipur India The Balloon Seller by Wilfred Seefeld Picfair Coat man Essaouira Morocco Coat Man by Andy Tyler Picfair Fishermen on the Bosphorus Istanbul Turkey Fishing on the Bosphorus by Colby Pan Picfair The People s Armed Police China People s Armed Police by Chris Petersen Clausen Picfair A Water temple Bali Indonesia Bali water temple by Lucy Tobin Picfair Street sweeper Petra Jordan Sweeper in The Rose City by Iselin Shaw Of Tordarroch Picfair Children play with buffalo Vietnam Vietnamese children by Hai Trinh Picfair Crowds queueing at Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai Tamil Nadu India Queueing by Wilfred Seefeld Picfair Sunbathers Skegness England Putting Your Feet Up by Ian Francis Picfair Fisherman on Lake Malawi Malawi The Commute by Lloyd Archer Picfair Labourer at Dhaka wholesale market sleeps Bangladesh 5 star sleeping basket by Khaled Mansoor Picfair Day of the dead celebrations Port au Prince Haiti Day of the Dead Port au Prince by Callan Murray Hocking Picfair Locals

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  • Eight amazing canoeing and kayaking trips | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    23 all of which are accessible only by water the main mode of transport in each is canoe Staying here gives you plenty of opportunity to learn about the locals work harvesting reeds and fishing If you can it s worth coming for at least a few days to allow yourself to drift into the gentle age old rhythm of the river and the lives of the people here For details of tours prices availability and getting there see www barefoot tours com Kayaking around the Maddalena Archipelago Sardinia Much has been written about the celebrity highlife of Sardinia s Costa Smeralda as well as the island s traditional cuisine and its distinctive character and customs Less well known is that Sardinia has some of the best conserved coastline in the Mediterranean thanks to government legislation that bans building property within 2km of the sea around the entire island One of the best ways to enjoy Sardinia s coastline is by sea kayak Away from the hum of the pleasure boats paddling under your own steam you can reach some of the island s most unspoilt beaches In particular the protected islands of the Maddalena Archipelago in the Straits of Bonifacio between Corsica and northeastern Sardinia provide excellent conditions for an island hopping kayaking adventure There are seven main islands five are uninhabited and over fifty islets around which you can paddle for days in warm translucent water searching for that ideal spot to land along the wind blown granite coastline home to gulls cormorants and herons British run Location Sardinia hires out kayaks and also organizes week long kayaking trips around the archipelago including accommodation and guide For further info see www locationsardinia com Sea kayaking along the Dalmatian Coast Croatia A necklace of islands licked by glimmering waters Croatia s Dalmatian Coast is one of Europe s most beautiful shorelines And by far the best way to explore it is to get in a kayak and paddle out meandering leisurely between the islands as you sit a few centimetres above the water taking a dip in the glassy sea or soaking up the sun on empty white sand beaches Adriatic Kayak Tours an organization based in Dubrovnik offers small group trips lasting from a few hours to a whole week they also run quirky themed tours such as Cliffs and Caves and a Wine and Cheese Sunset Paddle At the end of each salty tiring but exhilarating day knowledgeable guides direct weary canoeists to family run restaurants where freshly caught seafood and local meats are dished up alongside liberal quantities of local wine The bling may be returning to Dubrovnik but Croatia s real jewels are still to be found out to sea For more on the types of tours offered reservations and frequently asked questions see www adriatickayaktours com Camping and kayaking in the Summer Isles Scotland The protected sandy beaches and shallow shores of the Summer Isles are perfect places to land a kayak and pitch

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  • Seven days in the warm heart of Africa | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    and all out chest heaving when we asked why he kept ignoring his wife s calls on one of his mobile phones We were visiting the country for the annual Lake Of Stars festival on the southern shores of Lake Malawi followed by a short safari at a luxury camp in Liwonde National Park but it turned out to be the unforeseen elements of the trip the journeys between these destinations the daytime excursions the incidental events that proved most memorable in Malawi The five hour drive from Lilongwe s airport to the festival for example went by in a haze of lethargy from either jetlag or the anti malarials or possibly both and offered initial glimpses of a continent I d only experienced second hand Burnt orange earth banks sporadic tenements police checkpoints and bunches of locals selling newspapers and sweets went by in a flash Curious stares and manic waves accompanied us the whole way from children and adults alike not least when we stopped at the Boyz Pub essentially a brick shell with a TV hanging off the wall and a fridge full of beers All photos by Tim Chester The festival meanwhile mixing international acts from America the UK and Japan with homegrown talent and one band who drove for five days from South Africa to play was great fun and covered in more depth on NME but it was a shared carton of Chibuku Shake Shake a strange boozy concoction with it must be said vomity notes with the locals in the nearby market that will stay with me longer than any of the performances Of course it was impossible not be moved by the obvious stuff the local school where children swarmed and knocked me to the floor for the chance of seeing themselves on my tiny SLR screen the book bus a travelling library surrounded by story hungry kids the HIV clinic where locals are reluctantly starting to take the test and where one man tried to hustle some of the festival goers into a jab causing them to recoil in horror At the school I met a pupil called Ronard He followed us around sold some homemade peanut butter and showed me his dusty patch of earth in the gardens promising it will one day yield vegetables He wrote down my email address but I never heard from him We were taken to meet a group of ladies under a tree in a nearby village recipients of money from an organisation called Microloan who provide small loans to start small businesses They stood up one by one and through a translator told us how they had used the money to make a living It was moving stuff as was the way they greeted and waved off our bus singing Much like Everlasting s laugh these women possessed an inherent musicality we witnessed again and again on our trip and Foals afrobeat inflected headline set at the festival later than night merely underlined

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  • Ten top volunteer holidays | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Atlantic coral and a variety of multicoloured tropical fish Tobago Dive Experience is a member of Earthdive and runs dives chiefly off the northeast coast of the island where there are forty dive sites all within a 5 20min boat ride from the jetty in the fishing village of Speyside Divers in 119 countries have already joined Earthdive The recording process on its website www earthdive com is very simple once you ve registered choose where you dived and tick off the fish and coral that you saw from the list provided It s especially useful to record the key indicator species at the dive site whose absence can alert scientists to any environmental pressures these species may be suffering such as pollution and overfishing For info on dive courses prices and bookings see www tobagodiveexperience com Volunteer in the Pantanal Brazil Cattle ranching used to be the main threat to the biodiversity of Brazil s Pantanal the world s largest freshwater wetland it s bigger than France But now pollution sport fishing and tourism as well as a black market for exotic pets are all contributing to the destruction of this unique habitat a UNESCO World Heritage Site that s home to thirty million caimans alone You can help address these problems by joining one of four research projects organized by Earthwatch a global conservation body that places volunteers at the heart of scientific research You ll stay in shared accommodation on a ranch with other members of the expedition Choose between working with amphibians and reptiles bats which involves catching them at night with mist nets birds there are 690 species in the Pantanal including parrots kingfishers and hummingbirds or otters which participants video from the banks of rivers In an age of disappearing wetlands proposals are in place to alter the natural flow of water in the Pantanal which threatens to disturb its complex ecosystem By helping to monitor the effects of human impact on its biodiversity you will not only become familiar with perhaps the world s most amazing wetland but also provide valuable data that could help save it from irreversible damage For prices booking and more details about each expedition see www earthwatch org Community and conservation Ecuador Central America is famous for its ecotourism yet Ecuador is fast becoming recognized as a centre for ecolodges and tours that are managed and run by local people often in stunning settings The pick of these community based trips are to Sani Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest to Santa Lucía a lodge in the cloud forests of the northwestern slopes of the Andes and to Oyacachi a mountain community in the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve in northeastern Ecuador These and other tours can be organized through Quito based company Tropic Ecotours Tropic also runs trips to meet the Secoya people an ethnic minority of fewer than one thousand in the upper Amazon basin Tropic only takes small numbers of guests to visit typical Secoya houses so

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  • Maldives Liveaboard Diving | Rough Guides
    Ibrahim wants us to travel even further The place he points out is far from the string of fractured shapes that makes up the Huvadhu atoll The short internal hop down to Kaadedhdhoo airport in Gaafu Dhaalu is relatively painless when paired with such a view from the window tiny islands spill fauna onto shores strewn with a thousand shells untouched by the blueprint of a designer retreat The palest jade rings mark lagoons set with sun scorched sand banks edges sculpted by the currents of the Indian Ocean Of the 1192 coral islands across these 26 atolls just 200 are inhabited which becomes clear when exploring the deep south We set sail before sunrise and see nothing for miles but the outline of a dhoni a traditional wooden fishing boat drifting on the horizon We cut through mirror still ocean at dawn accompanied by a pod of spinner dolphins They leap from crested waves at the bow each stunt outdoing the next before their cobalt fins melt into the depths Suddenly there are shouts from the crew Manta Manta We spot the odd one flapping of their wings in the distance and plunge in with our gear on straining to see through the swell of plankton Miraculously the Huvadhu atoll escaped shifting ocean patterns associated with a destructive warm current El Niño that bleached miles of Maldivian reef in 1998 It is a veritable sweetshop for underwater aficionados with scores of healthy coral islets and undiscovered dive sites It s rare to pass another boat here let alone spot another tourist Beneath the waves staghorn coral reaches skyward alongside delicate sea fans Silvered needlefish graze the surface and schools of neon fusilier and skittish blue stripe snapper dart across the reef Angelfish drift by in pairs clownfish snuggle into anemones and lionfish guard rocky lairs Black and white tip reef sharks patrol the shadows while spotted boxfish hover above clouds of sand thrown up by feasting parrotfish Sea turtles circle overhead soaking their ancient shields in equatorial sunshine Like the most graceful of eagles a manta ray glides towards me a blur of mottled skin and contracting gills It skims the surface scooping plankton into a gaping mouth and descending daringly close fixing me with uncertain rotating eyes before disappearing silently into the abyss Another colossal creature appears and then another prehistoric belittling and majestic all at once Spellbound I watch five noble manta rays linger for several minutes swooping and spiralling before they fade into darkness The lack of tourists willing to make the trek south means manta ray and whale shark encounters here are both enthralling and authentic The season for large pelagic fish tends to run between May and September but the Maldives is a year round dive destination As a general rule visibility and marine life is ideal on the western side of the atoll between May and November and better on the eastern side between December and April I spend the evening aboard our

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