South America

Exploring Brazil’s Mato Grosso

The magic of Mato Grosso is because it is home to the sprawling Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands and lofty ancient Chapada dos Guimaraes. Isobel Conway goes exploring Brazil’s Mato Grosso region.

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Rio de Janeiro. There’s more to Rio than beach

“Rio de Janeiro is a magical place to be” many people told me. I remembered this as I crossed the road from the eminent Copacabana Palace Hotel and lay on the legendary shoreline, enjoying the sun and glancing up the hill towards the iconic outstretched figure of “Christ the Redeemer”.

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Condesa df hotel

Like all world-class cities, Mexico’s capital is a collection of neighbourhoods each worthy of a few days’ exploration. But with downtown and its ritzy extension Polanco so rich in cultural jewels, few visitors venture beyond, and thus miss out on the joys of Condesa, Roma, Coyoacan and San Angel, all unmissable for different reasons.

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Brazil. It’s not just about football.

Brazil is everything you imagine and nothing you expect. It is a contradiction of modern capitalism and third world poverty. And it is a land of outrageous beauty and stupefying potential. But at its heart, lies a pulsating energy that simply refuses to go away.

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Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Peru’s Undiscovered Sacred Valley

The Incas may have vanished from Machu Picchu half a millenium ago, but their descendants are everywhere in the Peruvian Andes.

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Lima – Peru’s Gateway is Now Gourmet Central

In a sprawling foodfest the size of a small city, surrounded by every kind of strange food from giant squid on skewers to rainforest fruits, we found ourselves queuing for…. the ultimate pork bun.

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