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View of Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal

20 Cool Things To Do In Santiago

Santiago is a gateway hub for South America and yet for many people, Chile’s capital is just a transit to somewhere else. We’re on a mission to prove why this vibrant city should be more than just a stopover.

Things to do in Santiago - Street art is everywhere in Santiago, with Pablo Neruda as a popular theme

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Two Weeks In Cuba – A 15 Day Itinerary For The Independent Traveller

Make the most of two weeks in Cuba with this suggested 15 day itinerary for independent travel around the island’s west.

Sipping a mojito at sunset, watching vintage cars cruise Havana’s seaside boulevard, time seems to slow to a crawl. Two weeks in Cuba could easily stretch to two months, wandering the evocative streets of the cities, and watching rural life play out in the serene countryside. Ernest Hemingway came for a visit and stayed twenty years.

The fact is though, most of us have limited travel time and Cuba is a deceptively big island. Two weeks might feel like a good amount of time to explore most of the country, but when travel between some of Cuba’s cities can take the best part of a day, having a realistic itinerary can mean the difference between a great trip and one you need a vacation from.

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Havana Highlights: Ten Awesome Experiences In Cuba’s Capital

Imagine walking down bustling city streets of Havana that are humming with life, past crumbling colonial buildings cast in bright shades of yellow, blue, pink and green, all high arched windows and narrow wrought iron balconies.

Old Chevrolets and Fords cruise past, belching fumes. All over the city, revolutionary billboards and graffiti emblazoned with stylised images of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara rally the populace to keep the faith.

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On The Trail Of Ancient Rock Art In Patagonia

Nine thousand years ago, Argentina’s first people roamed the Patagonian steppe. Through the seasons, the nomadic hunter-gatherers followed the guanaco, their main food source, from the high desert plateaus to the deep canyons of the Río Pinturas.

There, they left countless markings on the caves and canyon walls, an extraordinary collection of ancient rock art that survives today. It’s to the region’s most famous site, Cueva de Las Manos – the Cave of the Hands – that we’re headed.

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Trip Planner: Setting The Scene For A Visit To Cuba

With significant change afoot, now is the time to visit Cuba. In this post, you’ll find learnings and take-outs from our recent visit to help you plan your trip.

Arriving in Cuba feels like stepping out of a time machine into a different age. In Havana, flaming red Fairlanes and cobalt blue Chevrolets, all polished paintwork and shiny chrome, glide past crumbling sea-side mansions. There’s the sound of rumba in the air. People gather on the stoops of their multihued homes, chatting to neighbours and watching kids play in the street. The energy is tangible.

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48 Hours In Innsbruck: The Perfect Winter Weekender

Innsbruck, Austria’s picturesque Tyrolean capital, attracts visitors year-round to its alpine panoramas and active outdoors scene. It’s especially charming in the early winter, when the city turns on the festive cheer and Christmas markets illuminate the town squares.

As our Aussie Christmases are usually scorchers passed in the shade sipping ice-cold drinks, we’ve always wanted to experience a snowy European Yuletide. Innsbruck, with its merry markets backed by the snow-capped Nordkette mountain range, made for the perfect winter weekend getaway. Here’s our guide for getting the best out of 48 hours in Innsbruck.

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Exploring Oslo – A Guide To The City’s Sea-Worthy Highlights

Our first glimpse of Norway came as we cruised through the rocky archipelago of the Oslofjord aboard a huge Stenaline ferry from Denmark. We were on the trail of the Vikings, so it felt like a fitting arrival into Oslo, even if our ferry was about thirty times the size of a Viking longboat.

But in true homage to the great Nordic mariners, it was the sea that turned out to be the unexpected theme of our two-day Oslo visit.

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De Ruien – A Tour Of Antwerp’s Underground Past

I’m standing in a chilly, dimly-lit brick-vaulted passageway. A frothy brown sludge is lapping at my ankles. John is a couple of feet away with his nose wrinkled, wearing an expression somewhere between bemused and horrified. A kid’s high-pitched voice suddenly cuts through the silence, yelling ‘Stinken!’ He might be shouting in Dutch, but the message is perfectly clear. We are, after all, in a sewer.

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Visiting Malta – A History In Nine Amazing Sites

It’s midday and the high sun has sapped the colour from the dry, dusty hills sloping down to the sea. Against a backdrop of wan blue sky, the ragged stone profile of Hagar Qim squats resolutely under a protective sail. This crumbling megalithic temple is one of the main reasons we’ve come to Malta – at 5,500 years old, it’s extraordinary that it still exists. But as Malta’s history goes, this is just one highlight in a long and epic saga, the evidence of which can still be seen throughout the islands of this tiny sea-bound nation.

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The Heavenly Highlights Of Assisi

We’re standing in the arched doorway of the Porziuncola, a tiny stone chapel said to have been restored by a young man named Francis, shortly after he renounced his wealth for a life of poverty in the early 13th century. Around and above us, enclosing the small church completely, soar the vast columns and arches of the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. It’s a jaw-dropping sight, and something of an irony in the context of the humble man who would later be canonised a saint. Welcome to Assisi.

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Hill Town Hopping Through Central Italy

It’s a beautiful, sun-drenched morning and we’re driving through tranquil rolling hills, past the occasional vineyard and olive grove, and tiny picture-perfect rural villages. We’re so distracted by the scenery that it’s a while before we realise the roads are getting narrower, and we haven’t seen another car for about half an hour. We’re used to our temperamental GPS app sending us the wrong way down one-way streets and impossibly narrow laneways, so we’re ready for some car drama.

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The Marvellous Mosaics Of Ravenna

We’re sipping frothy cappuccino in a café on a charming cobbled street while I run a crash course on the small town we’ve just arrived in. It’s a little over an hour since we decided to day trip here from our base in Bologna.

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