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Monsters, cats & serpents of Colombia

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Sarah Woods returns to the sacred lands of Colombia’s San Agustin to marvel at ancient carved monuments and troglodyte tombs etched with mythical winged monsters, wild cats and serpents.  According to a local fruit seller, San Agustin acquired its megalithic sculptures via an earth-bound alien space-ship. However, historians suggest South America’s largest group of religious monuments… Read more »

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Tall Houses & Dead Houses of the Central Highlands

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Ron Emmons encounters the unique ethnic communities of the Central Highlands in Vietnam While the ethnic minority groups of North Vietnam like the Flower Hmong and the Red Dao are renowned for their flamboyant outfits, those that live in the Central Highlands, such as the Bahnar and the Giarai (also spelled Jarai), tend to wear workaday clothes,… Read more »

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A day with the Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh

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Vanessa Betts ventures deep into India’s remotest state to meet the Apatani tribe   For me, Arunachal Pradesh had always meant Tawang Monastery and nail-biting mountain passes, and it was only my second visit that I experienced the unique tribal culture of the central valleys. My boyfriend and I had a free afternoon in the… Read more »

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Hospitality redefined in Iran

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On Andrew’s first visit to Iran in 2003, he learned that the kindness of strangers can redefine one’s idea of hospitality. I didn’t know what to expect from spending Christmas in Iran, but I wasn’t expecting to be standing by a dusty road in Khur, an oasis townin the Dasht-e Kavir desert, waiting for a bus… Read more »

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Hill Tribes of Shan State

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Joe Bindloss goes trekking in remote Burma to meet the Shan State hill tribes. Every country likes to describe itself as a melting pot, but in the hills around Kengtung (Kyaing Tong), in Burma’s rugged Shan state, the tag fits. The tiny villages scattered around this sleepy Buddhist outpost are home to an extraordinary mix of hill tribes, from… Read more »

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Jo Gilbert’s Azerbaijan Adventure

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Azerbaijan is rarely a destination to top traveller’s bucket lists, but this wasn’t the case for Jo Gilbert, here she tells us about what she found. Awhile back, I travelled to Armenia and Georgia but didn’t take the three-day add-on to Baku. Later, I read Ralph Peters’ ‘Looking for Trouble’, which included a bit about… Read more »

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Perspectives on Iran and Iranians

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This is a guest post from Brian Parrott, who travelled to Iran with Travel The Unknown in April 2016. All thoughts and opinions are his own.   These are just some personal and selective reflections on my learning, observations and experiences over 3 weeks of travels in Iran in April 2016. I was initially with a… Read more »

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In Pursuit of Xerxes

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 Richard Stoneman For some years I have been working on a book about the Achaemenid King of Kings, Xerxes (r. 486-465 BC). Xerxes has had a bad press. Though the greatest writers of contemporary Greece, Herodotus and Aeschylus, both painted a nuanced portrait of the king who led an expedition against Greece that was comprehensively defeated… Read more »

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Iran: Glories of Persia – Traveler’s guide.

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This travel diary gives you an insight into our Glories of Persia tour from both a traveler’s perspective as well as a woman’s perspective.   Tim and Cynthia recently travelled on our Glories of Persia Iran archaeology tour. A prospective traveller, Gill, asked me for the contact details of a previous traveller, with whom she could… Read more »

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