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Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. If you’re visiting Para Ti at Vila Canoas or Rocinha on a favela tour, you’ll have a chance to buy handicrafts,...
Touring Rio’s Favelas

Touring Rio’s Favelas

It’s impossible not to notice Rio’s favelas or shanty towns. You’ll see them tumbling down Rio’s hillsides from your plane, sprawling beside the expressway on the drive in from the airport, peeking between the elegant high-rises of Copacabana, and encroaching into the charming old neighbourhood...
Planting Trees to Save the Titi Monkeys

Planting Trees to Save the Titi Monkeys

Stay at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, for a week and you’ll never again complain how hard it can sometimes be to meet locals when you travel. We had visitors casually dropping in daily at Casa Elsa – families of friendly, white-faced Capuchin monkeys. One day we...
Learning the Art of Making Offerings in Ubud

Learning the Art of Making Offerings in Ubud

Life in Bali is imbued with rituals – religious, spiritual and social; complicated and simple – from consulting the Balinese calendar to the daily offerings of incense and flowers made at Hindu and Buddhist temples. Every afternoon here at our home in Tumbak Bayuh, the...
Voluntourism: Giving Back As Much As You Take Away

Voluntourism: Giving Back As Much As You Take Away

Most people take a holiday to relax not work, yet giving back to a place, rather than simply taking away — whether it be a bundle of beautiful memories or a suitcase of souvenirs — is the aim of a rising number of travellers, including ourselves. Tagging...