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Colombia – reality over perception

I must declare my hand. I adore Colombia. I love to tell people about the incredible countryside and wildlife, the bustling and vibrant cities and the country’s amazingly warm, welcoming people. However, the two questions I am always asked are, “Is it safe?” and “What...

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Meet the inhabitants of Seal Island

Seal Island couldn’t really have ever been called anything else, except it is. Its real name is Duiker Island and it sits off Hout Bay near Cape Town. A remarkable 7,000 Cape fur seals sometimes cram onto this tiny rock which is only marginally bigger than a football...

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The strange wild world of the eighth continent

Imagine a place where almost all the animals, birds and plants that you see are completely new and strange, unlike anything you've encountered at home or on your travels around the world. This is Madagascar. Scientists describe its ecosystems as endemic, which means...

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The secrets of the Tsingy

Imagine a landscape of towering stone peaks, crowded together along the horizon in every direction like some mysterious city on an alien planet. Many are giants the height of skyscrapers, all razor-sharp and tightly squeezed together leaving only narrow paths and...

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The Angkor Temples, a place of myth and legend

There can be few more instantly recognisable places in the world than the Temples of Angkor. Here, more than a thousand different religious buildings cover an area the size of more than a hundred and fifty square miles, so on your Avventura Travels tour you’ll quickly...

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Hanoi, city of beauty, history and culture

It is fitting that your Avventura tour of Hanoi should be taken in the seat of an open-top Jeep as used by the Soviet and Vietnamese armies of the 1950s and 60s. The city’s inhabitants have seen Mongol, Khmer, Japanese, French and American troops marching through its...

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Barranquilla Carnival – the party of your life

Carnaval de Barranquilla is second only to the event in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil but for many people it is the truly authentic people’s carnival. The slogan for this four day festival is “quien lo vive, es quien lo goza” which means “those who live it are those who...

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Gino Gonzalez and Arenal – One man and his volcano

The Arenal volcano lies about ninety kilometers (fifty-six miles) northwest of Costa Rica’s capital, San José in Alajuela province. It stands an imposing 1,633 metres (5,358 ft) high and has a cone-shaped crater which is 140 metres (460 feet) across. Compared to some...

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Rosario Islands underwater paradise

A short boat ride from the bustle of Cartagena the Rosario Islands are self-contained jewels of natural beauty in a gentle turquoise sea. This archipelago of twenty-seven islands on Colombia’s Caribbean coast are designated as their own national park and one which is...

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Cosmopolitan Bogotá

Just north of the equator on a high plateau surrounded by the Andes, the Colombian capital of Bogotá is home to nine million people - about the same as London. No Colombia trip would be complete without exploring this Cosmopolitan, relaxed and Bohemian city. When you...

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