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  • Video: the world’s friendliest cities | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
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  • Twenty places to make you feel insignificant | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    than walking the disorientating maze of concrete blocks before descending to the emotive visitor centre hidden below Iguazú Falls Brazil and Argentina Over 80 metres high and extending for nearly three kilometres Iguazú Falls span the Argentina Brazil border some 100km west of São Paulo Not only are they one of the most magnificent natural wonders in South America but UNESCO rank them as one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania There are few sights more impressive than the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro Africa s highest mountain rising from the plains in northeast Tanzania The six or seven day ascent to the summit takes more willpower and perseverance than climbing skill it s a test of endurance that puts even the most arrogant of adventurers through their paces Lalibela Ethiopia In the north of Ethiopia lies one of the world s most interesting pilgrimage destinations the churches of Lalibela These eleven rock cut monolithic churches are thought to have been hewn into the reddish earth during the thirteenth century Today their mystique attracts thousands of visitors each year and the site has been awarded World Heritage Status Machu Picchu Peru Sited on a high mist cloaked mountaintop surrounded by vertiginous cliffs the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu has dazzled and intrigued travellers since it was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 The most famous way to reach the site is along the Inca trail a four day slog that makes the first glimpse of the ruins all the more rewarding The Australian Outback Around seventy percent of Australia is desert a remote and rugged landscape that stretches for mile upon mile towards the country s Red Centre The best way to experience the Outback is on a Aboriginal led tour where local guides can give you a glimpse into the history and culture of a region inhabited for tens of thousands of years Giza Egypt Close to the bank of the Nile in Egypt lies one of the seven wonders of the ancient world the Great Pyramid of Giza constructed over four thousand years ago No one knows exactly how the ancient Egyptians managed to build a tomb so elaborate that it weighs in at nearly six million tons but it has drawn explorers adventurers and archaeologists for centuries Gauteng Province South Africa What could be more humbling than visiting the Cradle of Humankind once home to the ancestors of the human race This 53 000 hectare site in South Africa has played a crucial role in furthering our understanding of human evolution according to UNESCO Around forty percent of the world s hominid fossils have been found here some dating back over three million years Stonehenge England It s hard to believe that some of the five ton monoliths that make up this famous stone circle were transported over 200km from Preseli in Wales It s thought they were erected here in around 2500BC yet modern archeologists are still unable

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  • Motorbiking from Australia to Estonia | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Australia to Estonia in return receiving digital photos a photo book or photo challenge credits with which they can challenge Tyson to take a particular picture on his route With an intention to raise only 1000 Tyson quadrupled his target quickly selling his challenges to family friends and strangers alike enabling him to travel to even more far flung corners of the world I love the change that travel brings the new people that I meet the situations I have to deal with and the lack of a routine he said Tyson had been on the road for almost a year when we spoke having covered just under 30 000 kilometres across Australia Indonesia Iran and Turkey When I asked him about Iran he said two things struck him the oppression and the peoples optimism Sulphur mines Java Indonesia Tyson Cable I found Iran to be a beautiful and sad place with some of the most amazing and open minded people he said They re suffocated by their government unable to express themselves and experience different cultures But the hospitality is great they offer a place to stay and they don t want money they just want to help they want to have a cup of tea with you and have a chat and try to practice their English or learn something about you The benefit of being on a bike he told me is being out in the open and able to see and feel everything around you Having motorcycled through some pretty hair raising terrain Tyson says he was glad to arrive in Rajasthan India I raised my eyebrows not that he could see of course and thought about the many near death experiences I ve had on hurtling Indian buses I had to question him how Indian roads could be a relief was a mystery to me Tyson speaks of his experiences in Rajasthan I loved Rajasthan I could relax the roads were in a good condition and there was hardly anyone on them And you re always at risk of being killed by someone in India but in Rajasthan I felt more safe Beyond the terrifying roads however Tyson has seen some of the most incredible scenery from the seat of his bike so I asked him what s been the most spectacular The Island of Flores in Indonesia has some of the most beautiful mountains and there are three amazing lakes each of which can change colour based on bacteria It s like driving through a perfectly manicured park but it s not deliberate it s just the way that it is Tyson began his journey from his home town in Western Australia Even though he d grown up there he was still bowled over by the scenery Karijini National Park Australia Tyson Cable I sawAustralia present itself in its natural beauty all pristine nature and quiet tranquility Sometimes there s a tourist floating around but most of the time there s no one That

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  • Travel news: the rise of virtual tourism? | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    allowed to spend 72 hours in and around Xi an without needing a visa The new policy is expected to be operational within months and will let tourists with onward flights from Xi an s international airport see the Terracotta Army without battling through complex visa forms Manchester to Hong Kong route is go Want to fly direct from the UK to Hong Kong Right now you ll have to get yourself to a London airport first But this December Cathay Pacific will start running flights from Manchester making it the second British city with a direct scheduled service to China Boeing 777s will make the trip four times a week leaving Manchester at noon and arriving in Hong Kong in time for breakfast the next day Reckon on paying at least 600 for a return trip more if you want to go for Christmas Ferrari Land in the fast lane A theme park based around Ferrari the proudly Italian carmaker is going to be built in Spain Ferrari Land will open at PortAventura on the Costa Daurada in 2016 complete with racing simulators the world s first Ferrari themed hotel and Europe s highest rollercoaster The 100m attraction is expected to be slightly smaller than the original Ferrari theme park which opened in Abu Dhabi in 2010 and is the latest in a growing list of odd corporate branded attractions that includes Atlanta s World of Coca Cola and Finland s Angry Birds Land What can we look forward to next Cadbury World Oh wait Really see the world Within a few years seeing the world could take on a whole new meaning An aerospace company in Arizona has devised a plan that would allow tourists to fly high into the stratosphere admiring the curvature of the earth from above Tucked inside a tiny space capsule passengers would be lifted to a height of around 30km by a helium filled balloon After a two hour sightseeing session the capsule would be released and glide back to earth with a parachute Paragon Space Development Corporation says the trips could begin within the next three years Unfortunately ticket prices don t compare favourably with a traditional two hour flight The company has set the cost at 75 000 per person including inflight champagne and a ride back to the start point which could be up to 300 miles away from where the capsule ends up depending on the wind conditions Although spending that much cash would leave most travellers feeling considerably lighter they won t experience weightlessness For that they d have to book one of Virgin Galactic s rocket powered flights into suborbital space which cost a dizzying 250 000 per head World history in 100 objects Can the story of human life be retold using only 100 objects The Manarat Al Saadiyat arts centre in Abu Dhabi is now displaying a collection of 100 treasures shipped across from the British Museum which show the development of the world s

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  • Craft Beer | Rough Guides
    brewery version of nondescript lager right to the back of my mind I was very grateful The following day I stood at the grave of Oscar Schindler visited Temple Mount and countless other sacred sites before climbing the Tower of David After an exhausting eight hours of sightseeing in the searing heat I headed to the much hyped Chakra restaurant for some much needed nourishment This was on the recommendation of celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi so expectations were high The menu offered deconstructed versions of classic Middle Eastern fare and I was not disappointed The food was delicious and the service exemplary but it was Jerusalem s very own Herzl microbrewery which stole the show Chakra uses only the freshest local ingredients and this extends to the beer At 7 ABV Herzl s American style IPA was full of citrusy hops and packed a great punch Returning back to my hotel I passed the King David Hotel the former military and administrative headquarters during British rule of Palestine some 70 years ago The building was destroyed by Jewish paramilitaries prior to the declaration of the state of Israel It has since been restored back to its former glory and is now the darling of wealthy tourists visiting dignitaries and businessmen alike There is a real sense of both history and conflict on every street in Jerusalem and there s no shortage of people willing to tell you about it The following morning I took a bus ride through one of Israel s infamous checkpoints into the West Bank When I pictured this landlocked territory the first thing that would spring to mind was militants soldiers and protests And it s true the occupation is very much in full swing But there is no sense of immediate danger either side of the barrier Despite what the headlines might tell you Ramallah is currently booming Its skyline resembles London s littered with cranes as the authorities rebuild the city that still bears the scars of recent wars Lively impromptu street markets can be found on most corners with vendors selling a range of fresh breads oversized bunches of herbs and pots of buttery corn Car horns and traffic jams provide a constant hectic backdrop The previous night somebody had told me about a Palestinian microbrewery in the village of Taybeh So I took a sherut from the city s bullet pocked bus station in the direction of the brewery Don t be put off by this unlikely looking transport hub which resembles a dingy multi story car park The locals are more than happy to direct you towards the correct vehicle and journeys cost less than 3 I was dropped off right outside the brewery Founded by a Christian family in 1994 following the signing of the Oslo Accords peace treaty it reflects an age when people were optimistic about the future of this region According to its founder Nadim Khoury the brewery was set up with the blessing of the late

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  • The Rough Guide to Jordan | Rough Guides
    Jordanian capital as well as Crusader castles and stunningly well preserved Roman cities Float your cares away on the Dead Sea the lowest point on Earth or take in spectacular views over the Dana biosphere reserve At every point the Rough Guide steers you to the best hotels cafés restaurants and shops across every price range giving you clear balanced reviews and honest first hand opinions Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Jordan Now available in ePub format EBOOK 12 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Author Matthew Teller Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published January 2013 Series Main Series More Products Jordan Middle East Related Guides 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Dubai View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Oman View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Namibia View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to London View Guide 11 99 The Rough Guide to Croatia View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to China View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Egypt View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Yorkshire View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Brittany Normandy View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Andalucia View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Fiji View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Paris View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to India View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Southwest USA View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to

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  • Pocket Rough Guide Dubai | Rough Guides
    trademark honest and informative style with listings of the must see sights and our pick of the places to eat drink and more The very best of the area selected by our expert authors Tailored itineraries and highlights to make trip planning easy Inspirational color photography brings the area to life on the pages Up to date background information including transportation details and a calendar of events Travel like you mean it with The Pocket Rough Guide to Dubai Now available in ePub format EBOOK 7 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Published March 2014 Series Pocket Rough Guides More Products Dubai Middle East Related Guides 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Jordan View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Oman View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Marrakesh View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Madrid View Guide 9 99 Pocket Rough Guide Las Vegas View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Paris View Guide 9 99 Pocket Rough Guide Amsterdam View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Venice View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide New York City View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide 6 99 Pocket Rough Guide Prague View Guide 6 99 Pocket Rough Guide Copenhagen View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Florence View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Berlin View Guide 9 99 Pocket Rough Guide Barcelona View Guide 9 99 Pocket Rough Guide Istanbul View Guide 6 99 Pocket Rough Guide Athens View Guide 8 99 Pocket Rough Guide San Francisco

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  • The Rough Guide to Oman | Rough Guides
    and Salalah to the atmospheric mudbrick towns and towering forts of the interior The new Rough Guide to Oman is the first in depth guide to this fascinating country complete with detailed coverage of all sights new state of the art maps and practical information including comprehensively road tested information about driving and walking routes both on and off the beaten track Originally published in print in 2011 Now available in ePub format EBOOK 14 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Author Gavin Thomas Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published October 2013 Series Main Series More Products Middle East Oman Related Guides 12 99 The Rough Guide to Jordan View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Dubai View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to the USA View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Portugal View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Ecuador the Galápagos Islands View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Kenya View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Italy View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Crete View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Mexico View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to California View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Kent Sussex and Surrey View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Panama View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Budapest View

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