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Wanderlust Issue 187 (June 2018) 16 Amazing Voyages ♦ The World’s Best Day Walks ♦ Rio de Janeiro ♦ Taiwan ♦ St Helena ♦ Pocket guides: Nashville (USA), Windsor (UK), Lisbon (Portugal)

Go wild in Rio de Janeiro

Walking the carnival capital’s forgotten fringe

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sta Rica Namibia • Co rland Chile • Switze See p 4

16 AMAZING VOYAGES Sail, kayak and cruise to the ends of the Earth

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Taiwan on two wheels Hitting the heights in Lisbon Singing Nashville’s praises Hear wedding bells in Windsor

THE WORLD’S BEST DAY WALKS

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WALKING THE COAST Cinque Terre, Italy

Photographer: Frank Kehren This issue is filled to the gills with great walks (see p24) but there’s always more to discover, as publisher Gestalten’s new Wanderlust book shows. Snappy title aside (no relation), the book’s also where this image of Italy’s clifftop Manarola village comes from. Taken from the Sentiero Azzurro – the sun-dappled route that winds the towns of Cinque Terre – this is said to be ‘the longest day walk in the world’; it only spans 7km but such is the scenery and food along the way, it can take days to complete. Sadly, much of the walk’s eastern section is closed due to landslides, but alternative routes (including those around Manarola) still afford some heart-in-mouth views, as seen here. Photography by Frank Kehren; Wanderlust: Hiking on Legendary Trails, (£40) is out now. © Gestalten 2017

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Big dares, epic stares & lens flares

Gazing out over Iceland – and catching the sun – from an arch on the Fimmvorouhals hike, high above Thorsmork Valley

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OF THE WORLD’S BEST DAY WALKS

If you’re stuck for time – or thigh power – these iconic day hikes squeeze a week’s worth of scenery into less than 24 hours… WORDS SARAH BAXTER

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FIMMVORDUHALS HIKE, ICELAND

All the island’s oddness in microcosm

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LENGTH: 25km DIFFICULTY: Tough Iceland is wonderfully weird. And a whole lot of that weirdness is squeezed into this testing trail, which starts near the ocean and ends amid the Thorsmork mountains. Completing this in one day is tough – and some choose to take two, overnighting at the halfway hut – but it’s doable, especially if you hike in July and August when the light lasts forever and the weather is at its best. The trailhead is above staggering Skogafoss, one of Iceland’s finest falls. It can be busy, but you’ll soon lose the crowds, hiking northwards across the river-cut grassy tundra via 20-odd more waterfalls and onto

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a wild plateau that seems as if it’s been dropped from outer space. This glacier-licked realm is ruled by two huge, rambunctious volcanoes – Katla and the infamous Eyjafjallajokull – which are constantly sculpting new steamy craters, lava fields and pumice piles. The views from the trail’s highpoint (1,068m) are possibly the best in Iceland, and followed by a descent into ‘Thor’s Valley’, an area of towering icy peaks, crystalline rivers and some of Iceland’s most beautiful hiking. LIKE THAT? TRY THIS... Besseggen Ridge, Norway (17km), a classic ridge trail that runs right through Jotunheimen National Park, with access to the trailhead easily available by boat. ⊲

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16 FANTASTIC VOYAGES

From whetting your palate in Portugal to splashing your way around Fiji and drifting the ice floes of the Antarctic, find your sea (and river) legs on these epic watery adventures

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Cold comforts

Livingstone Island looms over the MV Discovery during a landing at Antarctica’s Half Moon Bay

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1 Kerala, India

Best for houseboats

When to go: Winter (November–February) is cool but busy. Duration: 2–4 days Why go? The lures of Kerala’s labyrinthine backwaters aren’t just scenic, though wafting past tumbling paddies, twittering bird sanctuaries and thick mangroves is a genuine joy. It’s more about the how you see them, and Kerala is the land of slow travel. Most visitors take to the canals at Alleppey (Alappuzha) in floating kettuvallam, converted barges that were once used to lever rice and spices out of the breadbasket of southern India. Those times are long gone, however. Today, the ‘boat with knots’ (so called because its frame is held together with coir rope rather than nails) are entirely set aside for travellers keen to slow down. Meander the great lake of Vembanad, past waters clustered with island villages to the colonial streets of Cochin (Kochi).

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Kayaking side-trips (houseboats stick to the major backwaters) and an overland visit to the tigers of Periyar NP are worth it, but nothing beats being elegantly chugging along these jungle-fringed backwaters at an easy pace. Also try... Rideau Canal, Canada: take charge of your own narrowboat for a week and plough the mirrored surface of Ontario’s UNESCO-listed, 19th-century waterway.

2 Philippines

Best for underwater fun

When to go: Dry season (November–April) is the best time to visit, though it gets hot late in the season Duration: 6–14 days Why go? Given the Philippines number some 7,000 islands, cruises here rarely follow one set route. There is one thing that most itineraries have in common: Palawan. The country’s most sparsely populated province trickles all the way to Borneo, forming a vast, twinkling archipelago of white-sand isles splayed between the Sulu and South China seas, like dice scattered on blue velvet. Puerto Princesa is typically the first port of call; here, underground rivers, fireflyflickering forests and sunken lagoons vein the jungle and limestone interior. But it’s offshore, amid the clear waters of Honda Bay, where visitors can discover a touch of magic amid the tiny islets, dazzling reefs and colourful marine life – Starfish Island is well-named, appearing for all the world like a galaxy fell to Earth. Dolphin tours (Apr–Oct)

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(clockwise from this) The Abu Simbel temple at sunrise; drifting towards Puerto Princesa; a houseboat on the Kerala backwaters

bring nature – and the odd whale shark – up close while most trips include stops in Coron, one of the wreck-diving capitals of the world, and the jungles of Sarawak, Borneo, en route to Manila. Also try... Belize: the recovery of the Mesoamerican reef (coverage has increased 35% in just a decade) has been one of the great conservation stories in recent years, and Belize’s coral gardens and Great Blue Hole are some of the Caribbean Sea’s finest sights.

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Best for history

When to go: Boats sail year-round, but OctoberApril is coolest; high season (December– February) isn’t as busy as it used to be. Duration: 3–18 days Why go? Watching the centuries drift by is what makes the Nile unmissable. What’s more, as visitors slowly trickle back to Egypt (tourist numbers rose by 170% in 2017 yet are still less than a third that of a decade ago),

now is an ideal time to see it. The country may have faced its share of troubles in recent years, but the Nile Valley has avoided much of them, and its ancient temples (Karnak, Kom Ombo, Edfu) and dazzling necropolises (Valley of the Kings) remain timeless sights worthy of any extended trip. ‘Long Nile’ (880km) cruises run between Cairo and Aswan but the majority of trips plough the river’s upper reaches from Luxor, where the pharaohs fought to outspend their ancestors and steam ships,

dahabeya (houseboats with huge sails) and traditional felucca (smaller sail boats where you often sleep on deck) still part the waters. Aswan Dam makes a natural terminus, but there you can also swap boats for a four-day return sail on Lake Nasser, taking you all the way to Abu Simbel, a pair of vast 13th-century BC temples near the Sudanese border. Also try... Rhine River: spy German fairytale castles, baroque palaces and medieval towns as you wind through Europe; plus there’s the odd vineyard to whet your whistle. ⊳ Wanderlust June 2018

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