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Sampling the regional dishes and delicacies of Ecuador

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Altitude and geography play a prominent role in Ecuadorian cooking, with cooks in the Andean highlands preparing quite different dishes from their counterparts along the coast.
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Best city for winter 2011: Tallinn, Estonia

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The Estonian capital, with its slanted red roofs, rocket-like spires and onion domes, turns into a snow-muffled fairytale in late November to early December.
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Hiking through a microcosm of Earth

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New Zealand packs stunning examples of the planet’s most beautiful ecosystems into a land mass the size of Colorado.
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New Zealand’s ecosystems

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The hiking is some of the most hassle-free in the world and the scenery at 4,000 feet rivals the Andes at 14,000.


Ecuador’s mainland animals

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Not all of Ecuador’s animals are found on the bio-diverse Galapagos Islands that Charles Darwin made famous in On the Origin of Species. Straddling across the Andes from the Amazon to the Pacific Ocean, there are record numbers of insects, reptiles and birds to be found on the country’s mainland.


A perfect day in Quito

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The second-highest capital in the world is a lovely Andean city with an exquisite colonial centre packed with architectural treasures.
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