The souvenir company employing deaf women in Rio

The souvenir company employing deaf women in Rio

Tucked away in Rio’s bustling city centre is a remarkable organisation. To get there, I meet my Made In Rio de Janeiro tour guide, who steers me through the Saara Market, a famous outdoor market in the city’s downtown. The warren of stalls brims with clothes, Carnival fancy dress and...

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Meet Domingos, the famous favela artist of Rio de Janeiro

Meet Domingos, the famous favela artist of Rio de Janeiro

Up in the hillside away from Rio’s golden shores is Santa Teresa, a charming neighbourhood of cobbled streets and boundless views over the city below. The winding roads are lined by aging mansions, many of which have been transformed by local artists into open-house studios and art galleries. In Largo...

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Things to do in: Cusco

Things to do in: Cusco

Most people who come to Cusco don’t stay very long. They’re typically passing through on their way to the Inca Trail, stopping for only a night or two before making the trek or catching the train to Machu Picchu. And we think that’s a shame. Cusco is a positively charming...

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4 Rio bars that serve history with your beer

4 Rio bars that serve history with your beer

Like a bit of history with your booze? These bars have all been marked as heritage sites in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which means going for a cocktail comes with a history lesson, too. From rebellions against German businesses during WWII to chapels and ‘chopp’ barrels, each one...

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Aftershock: How a natural disaster made me find beauty in loss of control

Aftershock: How a natural disaster made me find beauty in loss of control

In the name of food and travel research, this was to be my fifth visit to Mexico City. I had an invitation to stay with my good friend Milton Estrada of Mexico City Urban Adventures. Nine years before, on my first trip to Mexico City, Milton had been my informative...

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When the Dead come to dinner: Celebrating Día de Muertos

When the Dead come to dinner: Celebrating Día de Muertos

Imagine you’re hosting a huge party. Everyone is invited — all the family members and friends you love will be there. Even the ones who are dead. In Mexico, this party is celebrated every November 2, when locals honour Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Locals...

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The complete guide to: Quito travel

The complete guide to: Quito travel

Tucked amid a high Andean valley and flanked by majestic mountains, Quito is the world’s loftiest capital city, offering a UNESCO-listed old town of pretty squares and churches, a thrilling food scene and transport links to the world’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife. Get the most out of your trip...

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One wrong turn in the Andes: A local guide’s personal tale

One wrong turn in the Andes: A local guide’s personal tale

“I was panicking. I screamed ‘Help! Help!’ And nothing. I asked my grandfather to look after me.” Tito, a local guide with Urban Adventures, recounts his story to me as we sit on a bench in Parque Kennedy in Lima, Peru. It’s something that happened to him while he was...

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This tour guide is one of Panama’s best guitar players

This tour guide is one of Panama’s best guitar players

When Gonzo was 14, he was just a kid who loved to rock. His dad had gifted him a guitar when he was 10 years old and by the time he was 14, he had played his way into a local rock band in Colon, Panama. “I didn’t like the...

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There’s an art to craft beer in Costa Rica

There’s an art to craft beer in Costa Rica

We meet up with Eric Gomez and Hector Castillo just outside the Teatro Nacional in San Jose City. After all, Costa Rica’s national art theatre, which opened 1897, is a fine place to kick off our tour of the city’s more modern works of art: craft beers. San Jose has...

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