Nature's bounty ... a toucan in the rainforest.

The peak of forest wonder

Once home to pirates, Honduras now steals hearts and minds with its lush landscapes, writes Jennifer Cox.

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Pura vida ... ecotourism operator Josue Rosales in the park.

New growth in the forest

Under jungle canopies, Catherine Best finds a nation and its parks leading the conservation charge in Central America.

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Carnival Sao Paulo

Top 10 countries to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011.

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Mayan mysteries ... (from left) the pyramids of Tikal.

Mayan date with destiny

Propelled by an ancient prophesy, Jonathan Franklin explores the relics of a great civilisation in the jungle of Tikal.

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Bocas del Toro

Pirates on the horizon

On a sleepy archipelago in the Caribbean, Vanessa Woods finds treasure that the Spanish overlooked.

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