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Lakeside treks in a geothermal land

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North Island’s Rotorua Lakes are an unrivalled natural landscape with absinthe-bright forests, bubbling springs and active volcanoes – all easily explored with a new network of trails.
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A crash course in jungle survival

Just imagine: you are trekking in the jungle with friends when you get separated from the crowd. Could you cope on your own overnight, in a cold environment full of wild animals?
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Finding farms, and solitude, in Mexico City

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Mexico City’s concrete jungle and population of 20 million conceals an unexpected, enormous nature reserve, where artificial islands grow fresh produce and hardly a person is found.
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The Quora Column

Seven of the world’s riskiest roads

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In many cases, these routes are less travelled for a reason: they feature terrifying drop-offs, unpredictable mudslides and a complete lack of concrete paving. Yet people still go.
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In Chile, a search for remnants of revolt

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In Valparaiso – a town already known for its brash take on partisan expression – Aric S Queen hunts for vestiges of Communist propaganda.


Oman’s operatic shift in sound – and sin

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Muscat’s state-of-the-art opera house has hosted Andrea Bocelli and Yo-Yo Ma, sparking controversy – and, as other Arab countries follow suit, a shift in conservative cultures.
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