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Author Archives: Ben Lerwill

Vietnam: Among the mountain people

Vietnam

Vietnam: Among the mountain people

A hundred miles from hectic Hanoi, a journey along Vietnam’s mountainous Northwest Loop reveals the country’s rich diversity and the lesser-known people of Uncle Ho

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Alternative Inca trails

Peru

Alternative Inca trails

Are you a hardcore hiker or a walker looking for a more languid stroll around Peru’s Sacred Valley and beyond? Find the route that’s right for you

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Shetland: The birds

United Kingdom

Shetland: The birds

The collective noun for a group of gannets is a ‘company’. However, when the Shetland breeze is up and you’re faced with the sight of several thousand of these busy, beaky white birds covering a…

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Peru: The Choquequirao trek

Peru

Peru: The Choquequirao trek

The Inca Empire carved hundreds of tracks into the Andes — lofty conduits for the hardy messengers, traders and warriors who were regularly tasked with walking their lengths. This network of high mountain trails may…

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Patagonia: The edge of civilisation

Chile

Patagonia: The edge of civilisation

Battered by the ocean and worn smooth by violent winds, Tierra del Fuego — the fjord-threaded archipelago hanging off the bottom of Patagonia — represents nature at its most raw and isolation in the extreme.…

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Sark: A folk weekend

United Kingdom

Sark: A folk weekend

In a pub garden in the middle of the English Channel, there’s a six-piece ukulele band performing to a crowd of sunburned Morris dancers. The sky’s blue and the barman’s being kept busy.

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Australia: The Ghan

Australia

Australia: The Ghan

The wake-up knock from the carriage corridor comes at the requested hour. “Good morning,” a voice says. I reach from under the duvet and nudge my cabin door ajar. A hand appears, proffering a cup…

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