Central America

About this book The sheer variety of options in Central America means that for once the cliche is true – there is something for everyone. The diversity of landscapes, cultures and opportunities excites, entices, and bewilders. The scope for adventurous holidays is vast, whether it be climbing a volcano, scuba-diving, whitewater rafting or seeking out…

Río Coco, Nicaragua, designated as first UNESCO Geopark in Central America

The Nicaraguan Geopark, in Madriz in the north of the country, is one of 15 new designations of significant sites across the world.

Central and South America

Central and South America holds a special place in my affections. In 1969 I journeyed through Mexico and Central America to Peru, and returned in 1973 to spend 18 months travelling from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego (with diversions to the Galapagos and Falkland Islands) before heading up through Brazil.  The very first Bradt guide,Backpacking…

North Central Norfolk

Blickling Hall, near Aylsham, attracts large number of visitors © DeFacto, Wikimedia Commons The gently undulating landscape is sometimes cheekily referred to as ‘upland Norfolk’. Norfolk’s wool country that once was – the north coast hinterland – is a region of small, solid Georgian towns and massive wool-trade churches, grand estates and country houses: an enclosed…

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Springbok are probably the most numerous of the large herbivores in the park today © Simon Eeman, Shutterstock This is Africa at its most remote and esoteric: a vast sandsheet punctuated by a few huge open plains, occasional salt pans and the fossil remains of ancient riverbeds. Covering about 52,800km², the Central Kalahari Game Reserve…

Central Chilterns: Stoke Poges to Hambleden

Some of the trees in Burnham Beeches are almost a millennium old © Soulminous, Shutterstock Some of the woodland, in Burnham Beeches, has probably been the location for filming more famous films and TV series than anywhere else. The journey continues south, further into the heart of the Chilterns. If you speak to someone who’s lived…

Central & South America

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Climb the iconic Voltzberg, home to the spectacular Guianan cock-of-the-rock, in this vast and remote reserve cut across by the Coppename River. Suriname’s most important conservation area, the CSNR accounts for almost 10% of the country’s surface, extending over 16,000km2 of untrammelled lowland and montane forest. It was created in 1998 following the amalgamation of three smaller nature reserves designated in the…

Central & East Suffolk

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum opened in 1990 after the station closed in 1951 © Roger Silsbury A hundred years ago, this area was almost entirely devoted to agriculture and most of the land is still used for arable crops, although these days most local inhabitants are involved in pursuits other than farming. This area covers the ‘High Suffolk’…

Central Tien Shan Mountains

The Central Tien Shan is Kyrgyzstan’s wildest and least-accessible region © Evgeny Dubinchuk, Shutterstock It is in this region that superlatives abound: the highest mountains of central Asia, the coldest temperatures, the longest glaciers, the grizzliest mountaineers and the strangest natural phenomena. The corner of the Kyrgyz Republic that wedges itself between Kazakh and Chinese…

Central Chilterns: Wendover to Jordans

The Quaker Meeting House is a highlight of a visit to Jordans © Chrislofotos, Shutterstock This is the Land of Giants, where you can experience rambunctiousness as a human bean… thanks to Great Missenden’s most famous writer. Moving south through the Chilterns into its central areas, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire give way, mostly, to Buckinghamshire. This…