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Tim Burford studied languages at Oxford University. In 1991, after five years as a publisher, he began writing guidebooks for Bradt, firstly on hiking in east-central Europe and then on backpacking and ecotourism in Latin America. He has now written ten books for Bradt, as well as the Rough Guides to Romania, Alaska and Wales. He also leads hiking trips in Europe’s mountains and blogs at unraveltravel.org.

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Carnaval: Uruguay’s carnival season

Uruguay has the longest carnival season of any country, lasting over 80 days.

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Maté-drinking in Uruguay

In Uruguay, maté-drinking seems more like a justified relaxation before or after getting on with the rest of one’s life.

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The Uruguayan gaucho

Author Tim Burford tells the story one of Uruguay’s most iconic symbols – the gaucho.

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Stairways to Heaven – the ascensores

Valparaíso’s most distinctive feature is its ascensores, built over a century ago to link the flat harbourside district with the residential hills.

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Eating wild

Devotees of wild food will be in seventh heaven in Chile.

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Santiago’s barrios

Santiago has some very atmospheric barrios, home to creative restaurants, clubs and buildings. 

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Luis Suarez

A pithy insight to the gifted, but controversial, Uruguayan player.

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Botnia

Since opening in 2007, this billion-dollar paper-pulp plant has increased Uruguay’s GDP by 1%

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