The Kichic hotel on Pocitas Beach

Surf’s up in Máncora, Peru

Best known for Inca ruins, Andean peaks and Amazonian jungles, the South American nation also has a growing surf scene

The Alma observatory on Chajnantor plateau
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Stargazing from a mountain plateau in Chile

Perched 5,000 metres above sea level, the world’s most advanced astronomical observatory is about to open its doors to visitors

The Petit Piton seen from the hotel pool, St Lucia
©Tom Mannion

At Hotel Chocolat’s hotel in St Lucia

Lucy Kellaway indulges herself at the ultimate ‘Willy Wonka’ destination — a hotel on a cocoa plantation where food, activities and even spa treatments are chocolate-themed

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Luxury on the Galápagos Islands

Pikaia Lodge, on the summit of an extinct volcano, offers a new way of seeing the islands’ natural wonders

Six Chachapoyas funerary statues at Karajia
©Mike Carter

Kuelap, fortress of northern Peru

Mike Carter goes beyond Machu Picchu to a region little visited by tourists – but with some of the greatest archaeological treasures in the Americas

The Brando in French Polynesia

Short cuts: Updates from New York, Myanmar, South Pacific, UK

Revamp of a New York landmark hotel, e-visas, Marlon Brando’s former retreat and celebrating a new Agatha Christie book

Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast
©Tim Neville

Fun with a ‘fatbike’

A new type of mountain bike is broadening the horizons of adventurous cyclists. Tim Neville puts a ‘fatbike’ to the test along the beaches and byways of Oregon

Praca da Liberdade (Liberty Square), Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. World Cup 2014 host city.
©Mark Shenley

Postcard from . . . Brazil

Belo Horizonte has never been much of a tourist destination until the announcement that six Fifa World Cup matches would be played here

©Gustavo Sabez Mico

‘L’art de vivre’ in the Andes

Across Argentinian winelands in a Citroën 2CV

Henry Shukman and his sons in the rainforest at Lapa Rios Ecolodge
©Clare Dunn

Untamed Costa Rica

The central American nation is a well-trodden, well-mannered destination – or is it? Henry Shukman discovers how wild it can be in the far south

On location: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

The early-1960s folk music scene of New York is the setting for the latest film from the Coen brothers

The route less travelled

In 1919, a young Dwight Eisenhower set out on a mission to drive across the US. His diaries serve as a guide to a transcontinental road trip

Postcard from . . . Venezuela

Bull-fighting, South American cowboy-style

On Ecuador’s cloud nine

A sleek eco-lodge high in the rainforest offers new ways of getting close to nature

Swimming with Rebecca Adlington

The Caribbean’s Palm Island is a great place to relax, read and take lessons from the Olympic star

Serves with a smile

Inspired by Wimbledon? Then book in to a Caribbean tennis retreat where old pros pass on their secrets

Hotel insider: South American concierges with a cultural edge

Hoteliers in Brazil, Peru and Argentina aim to create properties that exude an unmistakable sense of place

The volcano express

Ecuador’s century-old railway line has been restored and a luxury ‘cruise train’ now runs from Quito to the coast

Postcard from ... Venezuela

The most sought-after chocolate comes from Chuao, a village accessible only by sea

Postcard from ... Rio de Janeiro

A grand urban regeneration project – beyond samba and soccer – is going on all around Brazil


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