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  • Slow travel – take your time on your trip | Photo Gallery | 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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  • Pictures of South Africa | Rough Guides
    Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves 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 12 incredible pictures of South Africa and Botswana By Lottie Gross February 3rd 2014 View Comments On a recent over landing trip through Africa one Rough Guides reader made this beautiful video inspired by our Make the Most of Your Time on Earth ultimate experiences book A F R I C A from Rod Gotfried on Vimeo Now he s shared a selection of stunning photos from his trip across Botswana Zimbabwe Zambia and South Africa 1 White rhinos fight for territory Khama Rhino Sanctuary Botswana 2 Local canoe polers play waterpolo with tourists in the Okavango Delta Botswana 3 As the sun sets a mokoro poler looks out for hippos emerging from waters of the Okavango Delta Botswana 4 An elephant skeleton on the banks of the Okavango Delta Botswana 5 A mother elephants walks with her baby in the Kalahari Desert central Botswana 6 Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe 7 A vulture looks for fresh kills over the plains of the Chobe National Park Botswana 8 Children pose for a photos in Blouberg a small township in South Africa

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  • Mayan Ruins | El Salvador | Rough Guides
    under more than six metres of burning hot ash in just a few hours The villagers never returned For hundreds of years the site lay abandoned and overgrown And its secrets would have remained hidden if not for an accident in 1976 a bulldozer levelling ground for the construction of grain storage silos exposed a mysterious clay built structure and archeologists were called in Excavations were interrupted by the El Salvador civil war but resumed in 1989 and have been continuing ever since Quezaltepeque volcano Today Joya de Cerén an hour or so north of the capital San Salvador isn t quite the Pompeii it s hyped up to be but it does offer a totally different perspective to all the other great Mesoamerican ruins What remains of sites like Copán and Tikal is spectacular but ceremonial there is very little evidence of the houses where people actually lived in these cities At Joya de Cerén you can wander around the beautifully preserved earth homes of Mayan farmers from the sixth century AD as well as a sweat bath temazal excavated from the ash and dirt in situ In total some eighteen structures have been identified and ten have been completely or partially excavated One of the most intriguing is thought to have been a religious building where a shaman practiced Cerén was probably home to about two hundred people and although no human remains have been discovered everyday objects found here include petrified beans maize utensils and ceramics San Andrés A few kilometres southwest of Joya de Cerén in an open field surrounded by simple farms and dense jungle lies the once mighty city of San Andrés Originally supporting a population of about twelve thousand and reaching its peak as the regional capital around 650 900 AD it was later occupied by the Pipil people Joya de Cerén The ruins were partially buried by another volcanic eruption in 1658 and today only sections of the ceremonial centre have been excavated seven crumbling but enigmatic structures including the Acrópolis complex and a seventeenth century Spanish indigo works You can stroll freely around most of the site which is also a popular picnic spot for locals at the weekends though the tallest pyramid La Campana can only be viewed from a distance The small Museo Sitio Arqueológico includes a good model of what the city would have looked like in its heyday Tazumal El Salvador s most impressive pre Colombian site lies outside the small town of Chalchuapa some 80km northwest of San Salvador All that remains of another powerful Mayan city is the Tazumal complex primarily comprising a vast fourteen stepped ceremonial pyramid influenced by the style of Teotihuacán in Mexico and gradually extended over many generations Today vendors from the local neighbourhood line the pot holed street outside with the site itself surrounded by a simple metal fence it s all relatively compact and low key like a small blossom filled park but with the great pyramid looming over

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  • Travel Features by Karoki Lewis | Rough Guides
    New Zealand Papua New Guinea Samoa Tuvalu Vanuatu Central America the Caribbean Bahamas Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Trinidad Tobago Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves 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 Features Karoki Lewis Sort by Date Popularity Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures Today Ethiopia is celebrating Christmas Following the Julian calendar this East African Orthodox Christian nation celebrates Christmas on the 7th January each year In Lalibela one of the holiest sites in Ethiopia tens of thousands of pilgrims gather for mass in the town s 12 rock hewn churches All through the night there s chanting singing swaying and praying Karoki Lewis 07 01 2016 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now s the time to visit Nottingham England By David Atkinson The top gifts for travellers By Rough Guides Editors 6 reasons to visit Bogotá South America s

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  • Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia | Rough Guides
    re dispatched into the warmth and comfort of the luxurious Bale Mountain Lodge exhausted but exhilarated Far from the iconic rock hewn churches royal castles and ancient sights of northern Ethiopia comparatively few visitors make it to the Bale Mountains some 400km southeast of Addis Ababa and accessed via the highest all weather road in Africa Those that do are rewarded with a landscape of high drama ranging from wild rugged alpine scenery to thick damp cloud forest that s home to an astonishing array of endemic species and the densest concentration of large mammals in the country Harenna Forest Bale Mountains National Park Though the park is rumoured to be accessible by road in just seven hours from Addis we d set off the previous afternoon eventually wriggling free from the corrugated shanty towns on the capital s edge to pause overnight on the tranquil verdant shores of bird filled Lake Kuriftu Continuing our journey the following morning the road climbed through the dusty town of Bekoji famed as the birthplace to an astonishing six recent Olympic Gold winning long distance runners no one really knows why altitude and hard graft aside this unremarkable place should breed such an army of champions except that running is bred in the bone here and training starts early when school is 10km away and there s no bus what sense is there in walking Beyond here we rose through an archetypically sparse African landscape of domesticated red ochre fields punctuated by acacia trees and cactus like aloes scattered with the neat simple gojo hut farmsteads of the Muslim Oromo people At this altitude horses and mules replace the ubiquitous fragile looking donkeys as the pack animal of choice at one point we witnessed a horseback wedding party the male members of the bride s family chaperoning a tiny vulnerable veiled figure clad in colourful robes to a village feast Saneti Plateau Bale Mountains National Park On the edge of the park Bale s reputation for impressive wildlife proved itself to be well founded as the bus ground to a halt at the centre of a flat grassy plain surrounded by low craggy hills and the guide pointed out amid scampering warthogs and inquisitive olive baboons small herds of the area s two graceful rare endemic antelope the mountain nyala and Menelik s bushbuck I lowered my binoculars to the middle distance and to my astonishment spied unseen in the undergrowth a creeping lion Sadly with our arrival at our mountain lodge already long overdue there was no time to hang around for a kill but wildlife spotting in Ethiopia said to be no match for neighbouring Kenya was never supposed to be this exciting Exploring the dense forest surrounding the lodge in the crisp chill of early morning the next day I begin to gain an understanding of the Bale Mountains remarkable biodiversity As a pair of silvery cheeked hornbills fly overhead their heavy wingbeats emitting a low electrical hum the lodge

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  • Travel Features by Edward Aves | Rough Guides
    and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves 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 Features Edward Aves Sort by Date Popularity 5 reasons you should visit Almaty Kazakhstan Straddling the cultural crossroads between Europe and Asia Kazakhstan is an intriguingly cosmopolitan place This vast country which stretches from the Caspian Sea to China is one of Asia s most diverse where ethnic Kazakhs and Russians rub shoulders with Uzbeks Ukrainians Tatars Germans and many more in an enviably harmonious mix Almaty its biggest city Edward Aves 25 11 2015 Exploring Bale Mountains National Park Ethiopia In preparation for the forthcoming Rough Guides Snapshot Ethiopia published February 2015 the book s editor Edward Aves travels to the remote and little visited Bale Mountains National Park Another two hours This is interminable blurts out one of my fellow passengers as frustration at the bus s glacial progress along the single winding dirt track begins Edward Aves 18 09 2014 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours

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  • Danakil Depression | Ethiopia | Rough Guides
    The mastermind behind our eastern Ethiopian expedition was David Lewis an old friend from the road He d recently written his thesis on the ever inspiring Wilfred Thesiger a fellow Oxford alumnus At the end of his life the legendary explorer maintained that the most dangerous journeys of his life were those in the Danakil In his Danakil Diary he conveys his many encounters with the Afar a fearless and resolutely fatalistic people long feared throughout the Horn of Africa A well known Afar adage goes it is better to die than to live without killing David s plan was to purchase a pair of camels stock up on supplies in Asaita s famed Tuesday Market then head off the grid hiring some local guns along the way The goal to trace Thesiger s route to Lake Abhe Bad the terminus of the Awash River spending some time among Thesiger s beloved Afar for whom one of the most desolate and inhospitable places on earth remains home sweet home Three days from Asaita we reached the Boha River Its banks were buzzing with life as goats cows and camels waited to cross the crocodile infested waters Long haired sharp toothed Afar herdsmen huddled in acacia shade drinking tea and breaking ga ambo maize bread most eyes fixated on us the ferengi white people A few of the toughest men swam across with camels in tow buoyed by jerry cans The rest of us packed into an old rusted boat weighed down with burlap sacks stacks of reed mats and sweating boys falling over the passengers as they pulled us across by a rope connecting the other side Once across we sat beneath a cluster of acacias with a promising Afar trio We hoped they might be the ones to escort us through the lawless wilds ahead Muhammad and Tur were both young and fit essential flesh and bone as Thesiger had described the Afar and much friendlier than the other candidates we d met along the way The third was much older promising to contribute wisdom and an insider s knowledge of our route After shaking hands on the new fellowship we never saw the old man again Muhammad and Tur however proved essential to the expedition Each was as confident with camels as anyone in these parts and carried next to nothing In the spirit of traveling light Tur only carried a single bullet for his old gun Upon discovering this a few days further into the trek Go obo asked how he d handle one of the rumored Issa Somali raiding parties soon to become more than rumor Easy he said just line them all up in a row A few days further along we saw the glimmering strip on the southern horizon that was Lake Abhe Bad Sticking to Thesiger s route rather than beelining to the lake we circled the volcanic mass of the Dema ali Terara mountain passing through a blackened wasteland where jagged rocks

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  • Travel Features by Anthon Jackson | Rough Guides
    Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves 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 Features Anthon Jackson Sort by Date Popularity 12 captivating pictures of Egypt Rough Guides author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries from Morocco to Indonesia and Ethiopia to India capturing many of his experiences through photography Here he shares some of his favourite pictures of Egypt I d been to Egypt a few times before getting into photography including one stint studying Arabic so I wasn t completely Anthon Jackson 16 03 2015 11 pictures of Morocco at its most magical Our roaming author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries from journeying across Iran and Egypt to researching for Rough Guides in Indonesia and India Here he shares some of his favourite images of Morocco a country with plenty of dreamy spots to wander around with a camera On my first visit to Morocco it Anthon Jackson 12 01 2015 Iran the time to go is now Our editors and authors have named Iran as one of the top countries to visit in 2015 Here Anthon Jackson explains why now is the time to travel to Iran The word is out as far as off the beaten path destinations go Iran is an absolute gem More than ever since 1979 intrepid travellers are making their Anthon Jackson 15 12 2014 Camel trekking into the depths of the Danakil Depression Ethiopia Following in the footsteps of the late explorer and travel writer Sir Wilfred Thesiger Rough Guides writer Anthon Jackson takes to the back of a camel across the Danakil Depression in pursuit of Lake

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