South America

See Quito like a local

Early morning atop the Cruz de Loma lookout. At almost 4,000 metres it’s close to the summit of Quito’s still-grumbling Pichincha volcano, and I’m sitting on a swing.

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Silversea Galapagos Expedition Cruise

Silversea has done a remarkable job with this Galapagos expedition cruise. It has managed to combine an extraordinary wildlife expedition experience with the outstanding luxury service its guests have come to expect.

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Hiking and Cycling in Colombia

Who would have thought it? I’m cycling around the centre of Medellin in Colombia, until recently one of the world’s most dangerous cities, with over 6,000 killings recorded in 1991.

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Take the Tequila Express

Every Saturday morning at 11am a train leaves Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, heading for a small town of about 14,000 people in the Jalisco highlands: Amatitan. Mike Gerrard takes the express train to Herradura, Mexico’s oldest tequila distillery. 

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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

Going back to the drawing board for the Garden of Eden you would struggle to beat Secrets Akumal, “the place of the turtles”, on the Mexican Mayan Riviera.

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Gran Velas Riviera Maya

The Gran Velas Riviera Maya takes the concept of all-inclusive to the highest level indeed, and you get your own private butler in its top suites. It’s just five minutes’ drive from Playa del Carmen and the first thing you notice when you arrive here is the huge amount of space with 70% still pristine jungle.

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