Rio Carnival

The world's 10 greatest parties

From Venice and Rio to Bolivia's Oruro, some cities really know how to kick up their heels. Natalie Paris chooses the best

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Snake eyes ... Luiz hunts for an anaconda

Hunt for the anaconda

Patrick O'Neil shuffles down the food chain on a canoe expedition into the Amazonian jungle.

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A tourist enters the water at a hot spring near the small village of Agua Brava, more than 4000 meters above sea level, ...

Salt-flat shuffle

On a surreal road trip across the frigid altiplano, Catherine Best takes a crash course in mechanics.

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Stranded with old salts

Steve McKenna embarks on a drive most sobering — unlike his driver.

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Hats on ... women at this year's Gran Poder parade, La Paz's biggest festival.

Land of the brave

On a journey of extremes, Rick Feneley finds South America's richest rewards are in its poorest country.

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