Rob McFarland

After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.

Maya ruin at Uaxactun.

The village like nowhere else on Earth

The setting sun bathes the 2000-year-old ruins in a gilded glow as the jungle begins to stir: this Guatemalan village is like nowhere else on Earth.

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Casco Viejo, Panama City, is still home to a potent mix of colonial charm and dilapidation.

Panama's real gangsters' paradise

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.

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