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Transit of the 32 foot steel yacht 'Tai Taki 2' from Sydney (NSW) to Mooloolaba (QLD) - 2009

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Australia

NSW coast

Port Jackson (Sydney, NSW) to Pittwater (Palm Beach, NSW)

Jun 2009

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Australia

NSW coast

Pittwater to Port Stephens (Nelson Bay, NSW)

Jul 2009

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Australia

NSW coast

Big Swan Bay (Oyster Cove, NSW)

Jul 2009

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Australia

NSW coast

Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour (NSW)

Jul 2009

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Australia

NSW and QLD coast

Coffs to Southport (Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD)

Jul 2009

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Australia

QLD coast

Southport to Tangalooma (Moreton Island, QLD)

Jul 2009

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Australia

QLD coast

Tangalooma Shipwrecks (off Moreton Island, QLD)

Jul 2009

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Australia

QLD coast

Tangalooma to Mooloolaba (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

Jul 2009

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China Qigong & Nepal Everest Adventure - 2008

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China

Hong Kong SAR

Shopping & interesting culinaries in this crowded peninsula

Sep 2008

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China

Beijing

Gentrified megopolis showcasing itself to the world

Sep 2008

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China

2008 Olympics

US$42 billion to host the Summer Games (6 x Sydney 2000!)

Sep 2008

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China

Wan Su Jian Qigong

Legendary Master Wan Su Jian Qigong Institute hosts group

Sep 2008

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China

TanZhe Si

Ancient temples, monk stupa graveyard in tranquil surrounds

Sep 2008

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China

JuYongGuan Pass

Great Wall of China section protecting strategic pass

Sep 2008

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China

Jiu Hua Shan

Literally ‘9 Glorious Mountains’, Buddhist-influenced villages

Sep 2008

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China

TaiPing Lake

Flooded valley with ‘monkey island’ and floating restaurants

Sep 2008

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China

HuangShan District

Developing city in the foothills of Yellow Mountain

Sep 2008

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China

Yellow Mountain

Scenic mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sep 2008

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China

HongCun Village

Famous village of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon movie

Sep 2008

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China

HuangShan City

A prefecture-level city centred on the Huangshan Mountains

Sep 2008

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China

HangZhou

Prosperous scenic city in the Yangtze River Delta

Sep 2008

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Nepal

Kathmandu

Intense bustling metropolis and Buddhist retreats

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Lukla (2,842m) to Phakding (2,610m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) via Jorsalle (2,740m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,753m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Khumjung to Tengboche (3,860m) via PhungiTenga (3,380m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Tengboche to Dingboche (4,570m) via Pangboche (3,930m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) via Dughla (4,620m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Everest Base Camp (5,364m) via Gorakshep (5,140m)

Oct 2008

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Nepal

Everest Trek

Kala Patthar summit (5,550m) to Kathmandu via Lukla

Oct 2008

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Thailand

Bangkok

Sweaty hotbed of political tension and huge shopping mecca

Oct 2008

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  Re-Launch of the 32 foot steel yacht 'Tai Taki 2' - Melbourne 2008

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Australia

Melbourne

Successful launch of the Tai Taki 2 destined for the high seas

Jul 2008

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 Island Getaway - Fiji 2008

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Fiji

Denarau Island

4Life’s “Great Escape” relaxing break in the magical islands

Apr 2008

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 Six Continent Globe Hop - 2007/2008

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China

Hong Kong SAR

Intense bustling metropolis and Buddhist retreats

Nov 2007

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China

Shenzhen

Factories and workers in this famous bordertown

Nov 2007

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China

Zhuhai

Fresh seafood by the bucketload

Nov 2007

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China

Macau SAR

Las Vegas of the east, casinos popping up all over

Nov 2007

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China

Shanghai

Intense bustling metropolis preparing for World Expo 2010

Nov 2007

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China

Zhouzhuang

No.1 water city (‘Venice’) of China

Nov 2007

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China

Xi’an

The First Emperor’s terracotta warrior army and more

Nov 2007

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China

Lhasa (Tibet)

Buddhist centre of pilgrimage and knowledge at 3600m

Dec 2007

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China

Chengdu

Giant panda research centre in this growing city

Dec 2007

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China

Leshan

300m Buddha and other carvings in a mountain

Dec 2007

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Hungary

Budapest

The blue Danube between Buda and Pest

Dec 2007

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U.A.E.

Dubai

Major construction in this once desert

Dec 2007

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U.K.

Salisbury

Stonehenge and bronze age relics

Dec 2007

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U.K.

Bath

Roman structures and Georgian terraces

Dec 2007

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U.K.

London

Historic buildings at every turn

Dec 2007

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France

Paris

Romance capital of Europe, food and culture

Dec 2007

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U.S.A.

Miami

Beach action and party central of Florida

Dec 2007

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Argentina

Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego & Andes, the world’s most southerly city

Dec 2007

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Argentina

Beagle Channel

Seals and penguins toward Cape Horn & Drake Passage

Dec 2007

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Antarctica

Drake Passage

Roughest seas on the planet, South America to Antarctica

Dec 2007

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Antarctica

Deception Island

Abandoned whaling station, polar ocean swim (brrrr!)

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Half Moon Island

Nesting penguins and seals

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Lemaire Channel

Spectacular scenery and icebergs

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Petermann Island

Nesting penguins, icebergs and amazing scenery

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Neko Harbour

Falling snow, nesting penguins and seals on the continent

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Neumayer Channel

Picturesque icy scenery through this narrow channel

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Jougla Point

Whale bones and nesting penguins

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Port Lockroy

UK post office among the nesting penguins

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Waterboat Point

Chilean base, nesting penguins, predatory Leopard seal

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Gerlache Strait

Killer whales (orcas) and remarkable scenery

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Danco Island

Penguins, icebergs, glaciers and icy landscapes

Jan 2008

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Antarctica

Melchior Islands

Humpback whales, icebergs and beautiful scenery

Jan 2008

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Chile

Puerto Natales

Torres Del Paine National Park, Grey Glacier

Jan 2008

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Chile

Punta Arenas

Antarctic expeditionary history on the Straits of Magellan

Jan 2008

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Falkland Is.

Stanley

British flavoured capital of the Falkland Islands (U.K.)

Jan 2008

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Falkland Is.

Volunteer Point

4WD access, abundant King, Gentoo & Magellanic penguins

Jan 2008

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Falkland Is.

The Battlefields

Rivers of stone, landmines, scraps & wreckage of 1982 war

Jan 2008

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Falkland Is.

Mount Pleasant

New British garrison and main Falkland Islands airport

Jan 2008

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Argentina

El Calafate

Huge impressive glaciers up close in Argentinian Patagonia

Jan 2008

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Argentina

Ruta 40

36hrs on Che’s famous, mainly unsealed road along Andes

Jan 2008

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Argentina

Bariloche

Artisans, lakes, mountains and Swiss inspiration

Jan 2008

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Chile

Puerto Varas

Chilean lakes district and German immigrant heritage

Jan 2008

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Chile

Valdivia

Spanish forts and rivers in attractive university town

Jan 2008

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Chile

Santiago de Chile

Modern city in the shadow of the Andes

Jan 2008

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Venezuela

Caracas

Skyscrapers, shantytowns and hotbed of political action

Jan 2008

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Venezuela

Ciudad Bolivar

Commercial port on Orinoco River, dams & hydroelectrics

Feb 2008

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Venezuela

Canaima

Angel Falls (world’s highest), tepuis & lagoons in the jungle

Feb 2008

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Venezuela

Santa Elena

Extreme trek to Mount Roraima on Brazil/Guyana border

Feb 2008

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Venezuela

Los Roques

Sun, white sandy beaches and reef diving in the Caribbean

Feb 2008

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Argentina

Buenos Aires

Cosmopolitan European capital of Latin America

Feb 2008

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Japan - 2006

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Japan

Osaka

Castle Park and Blade Runner's Dotombori district

Apr 2006

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Japan

Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple, Okazaki & kimono/silk factory

Apr 2006

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Japan

Hamamatsu

Bullet train route through tea plantations

Apr 2006

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Japan

Mt Fuji area

Revered Mt Fuji, volcanic pools & extreme fun park

Apr 2006

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Japan

Tokyo (part 1)

Car show, river cruise, Shinjuku and Ginza

Apr 2006

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Japan

Tokyo (part 2)

More Ginza, Harajuku, Shibuya, Roppongi & Tokyo Bay

Apr 2006

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Latin (Central & South) America - 2003/2004

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USA

Miami

Coastal beach city with over 50 skyscrapers

Nov 2003

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Honduras

San Pedro Sula

Industrial capital, second largest city in Honduras

Dec 2003

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Honduras

La Ceiba

Jungle & sea, the 'Eco-Tourism Capital of Honduras'

Dec 2003

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Honduras

Utila

Backpacker coral and volcanic island in the Caribbean

Dec 2003

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Honduras

Diving

Cheapest PADI courses in abundant tropical waters

Dec 2003

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Honduras

Omoa

Spanich colonial city & fort, now a quiet fishing village

Dec 2003

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Guatemala

Puerto Barrios

Port city for fruit transport at mouth of Rio Dulce

Dec 2003

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Guatemala

Livingston

Mix of Garifuna, Maya, Indian & Ladino ppl & culture

Jan 2004

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Guatemala

Rio Dulce

'Sweet River' flows from Lake Izabal past fort & bridge

Jan 2004

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Guatemala

Flores

Old city located on an island on Lake Peten Itza

Jan 2004

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Guatemala

Tikal

Largest archeological site & urban centre of the Maya

Jan 2004

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Guatemala

Guatemala City

Earthquake-prone capital surrounded by 4 volcanoes

Jan 2004

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Guatemala

Antigua

UNESCO World Heritage, many ruins of colonial churches

Jan 2004

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Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo

Fascinating 5-star hotel nestled among baroque-era ruins

Jan 2004

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Honduras

Copán

Mayan city ruins, elaborate stone structures & sculptures

Jan 2004

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Honduras

Roatan

Largest touristy Bay Island, coral reef meets sandy beach

Jan 2004

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El Salvador

San Salvador

Landslide-prone, modernised economic capital

Feb 2004

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Nicaragua

Managua

Revolutionary lakeside capital where 80% live on <$2/day

Feb 2004

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Nicaragua

Granada

Rich in colonial hertiage - architecture and layout

Feb 2004

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Costa Rica

San Jose

National transport hub capital in the central valley

Feb 2004

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Costa Rica

Cahuita

Caribbean coastal city with beaches & national parks

Feb 2004

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Cuba

Havana

Old town crumbling or restored, past era frozen in time

Feb 2004

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Cuba

Guantanamo

Cubano town located beside world-famous US base

Feb 2004

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Cuba

Rest of

From east to west, north to south, all towns visited!

Mar 2004

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Costa Rica

Quepos

Oceanside gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park

Mar 2004

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Panama

David

Regional commercial centre on the Pan-American Highway

Mar 2004

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Panama

Boquete

Swiss influenced highland town near Volcán Barú

Mar 2004

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Panama

Panama City

International banking & commerce hub on Panama Canal

Apr 2004

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Panama

Canal Zone

Canals, locks, lakes & cargo ships, critical shipping lane

Apr 2004

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Panama

Caribbean Coast

Remote roads, villages & beaches outside of Colón

Apr 2004

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Panama

San Feilpe

Old city area, Presidential Palace, scenes of urban revival

Apr 2004

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Panama

San Blas Islands

365 idyllic sand/coral islands, home of the Kuna people

Apr 2004

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Panama

Guarare

The town with everything including piñata festivities

Apr 2004

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Panama

Pearl Islands

'Survivor' series fame, mud flats, duck migration

Apr 2004

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Colombia

Bogotá

Uni & library hub - 'The Athens of South America'

May 2004

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Colombia

Cartagena

Most extensive fortifications, 'Romancing the Stone'

May 2004

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Brazil

Manaus

'Mother of the Gods', joining of Rios Negro & Solimões

May 2004

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Brazil

Amazon Jungle

Piranha fishing, jungle hikes & night stalking cayman

Jun 2004

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Ecuador

Quito

The capital is officially 'San Francisco de Quito'

May 2004

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Ecuador

Cotopaxi

Symmetrical cone, 2nd highest summit in the country

May 2004

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Ecuador

Guayaquil

Officially 'Santigo de Guayaquil', main port city

May 2004

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Ecuador

Puerto Ayora

Most populated town in the Galapagos Islands

May 2004

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Ecuador

Galapagos

Wildlife-filled volcanic archipelago, UNESCO WH site

May 2004

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Peru

Lima

5th largest city in Latin America, industrial/financial ctr

May 2004

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Peru

Nazca

Valleys, irrigation & desert lines/designs visible from sky

May 2004

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Peru

Cuzco

Historical capital of Peru, UNESCO World Heritage site

May 2004

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Peru

Urubamba

Literally the 'Sacred Valley of the Incas'

May 2004

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Peru

Machu Picchu

'The Lost City of the Incas' on a mountain ridge

Jun 2004

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Peru

Lake Titikaka

Home of Uros who inhabit floating manmade reed islands

Jun 2004

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Bolivia

Lake Titikaka

One of the highest commercially navigable lakes (3,812m)

Jun 2004

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Bolivia

La Paz

World's highest capital city (3,660m)

Jun 2004

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Bolivia

Uyuni

Railway junction, train cemetary & desert trading post

Jun 2004

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Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

World's largest salt flat, perfect for satellite calibration

Jun 2004

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Paraguay

Ciudad Del Este

Tax-free zone at Triple Frontera, generates 60% of GDP

Jun 2004

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Paraguay

Asuncion

'Mother of Cities', one of the oldest in South America

Jun 2004

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Brazil

Foz do Iguaçu

Iguassu Falls flow capacity equal to 3 x Niagara Falls

Jun 2004

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Brazil

Rio De Janeiro

'River of January', Copacabana, Ipanema, 'Rio!'

Jun 2004

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Uruguay

Montevideo

Neutral port city crammed b/w Brazil and Argentina

Jun 2004

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Argentina

Buenos Aires

Cosmopolitan European capital of Latin America

Jun 2004

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Argentina

Mendoza

Provincial city in the wine & adventure region

Jun 2004

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Chile

Santiago

Modern city observed while skiing in the Andes

Jun 2004

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Chile

Valparaiso

Important historic seaport in 'Paradise Valley'

Jun 2004

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Chile

Easter Island

Polynesian island 'Rapa Nui', famous for stone 'moai'

Jul 2004

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most photographs taken with an Olympus Stylus 770SW compact digital camera (7.1 megapixel, 3 x zoom)

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