The once-notorious streets of Panama have become home to swish hotels and safer streets. How did this happen? With a concerted effort by local business people to give gang members real alternatives to a life of crime.
We're going to drive from Bordeaux to Carcassonne, where should we stop along the way?
Never mind the pirates, a plunge onto Central America's largest lake offers the ultimate chill-out.
This poor country does not feature on many travellers' 'must visit' lists. But that's about to change.
Surfing the ash slopes of a Nicaraguan volcano is hot with adrenalin junkies.
They're lazy, dirty and only go to the toilet once a week. But you'll fall in love with them.
You can walk across one, cable inside one, or slide down its sides. There are many ways to visit a volcano.
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