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Paraguay full of surprises for South America travelers | CNN Travel

Earth’s most otherworldly sites

From Fly Geyser in Nevada to the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan, few places garner the status of being completely surreal, as if from a different planet.

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4 Films That Can Prevent Destinations From Making Epic Tourism Mistakes

Think you can bring growth to your destination with some innovative marketing? Then you better start bracing for the success.<p>There are now at least …

Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly, The Better The Lover

We’ve already established that guys with bellies drive us bonkers. Now, a new study confirms what we’ve always known to be true: That gentlemen with …

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

• <b>Author:</b> J. Maarten Troost<p><b>The laugh-out-loud true story of a harrowing and hilarious two-year odyssey in the distant South Pacific island nation of Kiribati—possibly The Worst Place on Earth.</b><br>At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by …

Surreal towns, shaped by nature

From manmade, moveable islands to an entire town built in a meteorite crater, these are some of the strangest ways in which people have adapted their settlements to Mother Nature.<p>Many travellers tend to seek attractions of the manmade variety: art and architecture, food and music, history and …

European Travel

The Best Video Postcard of The Year: Travel, Before It's Too Late

One of the best short travel video postcards we have seen all year, by director Camille Marotte. Travel now, travel today, before it’s too late.<p>— …

A Photographer’s Quest for People Who Eat Like Their Ancestors

Picture Stories<p>Matthieu Paley traveled to remote communities around the world in search of the origins of what we eat.<p>This article has been updated since its original publication on September 4, 2014.<p>These days, documenting our dinners for the Internet is a universal pastime: sharing your food …

1950s Hong Kong Captured In Street Photography By Fan Ho

Critically acclaimed Chinese photographer Fan Ho spent the 1950s and 60s taking gritty and darkly beautiful photos of street life in Hong Kong. His …

In Ethiopia, an adrenaline-filled act of faith

Getting to the frescoed, 1,000-year-old cave churches of Ethiopia’s Gheralta Mountains requires climbing sheer rock walls and skirting cliff edges – all without so much as a rope.

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Mandu's Abandoned Ruins Are India's Secret 'Treasure Trove'

As far as abandoned places go, this one beats every old bus station and decrepit amusement park on the map.<p>This is Mandu, an abandoned city of ruins from India's Mughal era. Perched on a forested hilltop that soars above the river below, Mandu is a "treasure trove" brimming with "palaces, tombs, …

Earth's 'Remotest' Island Is Predictably, Awesomely In The Middle Of Nowhere

Located over a thousand miles from the nearest landmass, Tristan da Cunha is <i>really</i> remote.<p>This little group of isolated islands is surrounded by miles and miles of the South Atlantic Ocean. It's 1,750 miles away from the coast of South Africa and 1,500 miles from the nearest landmass, making it the …

Three Bridge Chasm Is Unlike Any Waterfall We've Ever Seen

We've seen some hidden waterfalls and some inspirational waterfalls and some fabulously hike-able waterfalls... but all of those were just one, singular waterfall.<p>Behold: a rare TRIPLE waterfall, better known as the Baatara Gorge Waterfall or Three Bridge Chasm. Mountain meltwater slowly carved the …

Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth

Photographer Amos Chapple returns to our site once once again, bringing amazing images from the state of Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year. Laborers who work outdoors often wear full-body umbrellas …

6 Ways to Cure Your Wanderlust Without Traveling

You're officially a victim of the disease called wanderlust. You've spent hours upon hours scrolling through beautiful photographs on the internet (maybe even this blog), but you're sitting at your desk or on your couch and you're sick because you can't travel anytime soon.<p><b>It's called …

What Bangladesh Is Like Before the Tourists Arrive

“Come before the tourists visit” is the old Bangladesh tourist board slogan that had caught my eye and partially inspired my trip.<p>Two days after …

Five Lessons From a Nat Geo Photographer

If you think traveling with a National Geographic photographer is a dream project–like I did when I heard I’d be working with Catherine Karnow in Dublin and San Francisco–I am here to tell you that it most definitely is. Not only did I learn a lot, I made a new friend–one I hope to see and work …

10 Places for Dining Solo

<b>(SPOT.ph)</b> There are days when you just don’t feel like sharing a table. Or, when you’re six feet under in deadlines that you only have time for a …

5 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Manila for the Hardcore Cheese Lover

There is one food that has the uncanny ability to make lazy rainy afternoons feel brighter, lonely nights warmer, and night-before hangovers less …

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The Frugal Foodie's Guide to Dining in Manila: Great Meals for P200 or Less

<b>(SPOT.ph)</b> We love food that gives value for money-and we love it more if it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Whether you're tightening your belt, …

Bosnia’s Better Side

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, lies in a narrow valley flanked by the Miljacka river, a faint stream often saturated by sediment. Sadly, due to historic flooding last week, that usually quaint and bucolic waterway has been thrashing against its banks, threatening to destroy some …

27 Pictures Of North Korea They Didn’t Want You To See

Photographer Eric Lafforgue took his camera to North Korea and abided by their customs — mostly. He was able to take these shots against the rules, …

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31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

They say that the only permanent thing in the world is change. History books are one way to understand the passage of time, but there are also some …

Torrential Rains Lead to Historic, Deadly Flooding in the Balkans

Parts of the Balkans region received three months' worth of rain in just two days last week, leading to flooding that has left at least 20 people …

The (Great) Wall Less Traveled...Hiking the Huangya Pass in Tianjin's Ji County, China

If you happen to be visiting the Beijing area, you probably have The Great Wall of China on your to-do list.<p>Of course you do. It's <i>THE Great Wall!</i><p>The trouble is, which wall do you see? People don't talk about that so much.<p>In fact, the first time we planned a jaunt to "The Wall," we were surprised to …

Next Month You'll Be Able to Take a Road Trip to North Korea

For the first time ever, you will be able to road trip through the heart of North Korea, departing from the city of Dandong on the Chinese border, according to <i>South China Morning Post</i>. However, there's a slight catch. You won't be packing Funyuns and your copy of George Orwell's <i>Animal Farm</i> (that …

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Guide to destinations in Myanmar (Burma) | Go

All destinations include <b>detailed guides</b> and <b>custom maps</b> showing you how to get there, as well as a range of <b>online travel booking options</b> and</b> …