The White World Of Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats

Some places have to be seen to be believed. During my second month in South America I drove south from La Paz towards the town of Uyuni in southern Bolivia: A base for the world’s largest, and highest salt lake. A White World Salar de Uyuni is literally translated from the Spanish for ‘salt flat’…

The SA Trilogies: Following In Inca Footsteps

In a world where few corners remain unexplored, it’s easy to become cynical about well-trodden paths. These days many articles suggest alternatives to iconic trips, like my recent post on the Ballestas Islands. However we must never forget that these experiences become popular because they are fantastic. We can’t all forge tracks on unadulterated ground,…

In Pictures: My UNESCO Twenty

This week, UNESCO added 24 new sites to its ever-growing list of places worth protecting on this planet. The UK’s notable offering was the Forth Bridge in Scotland, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering, which I was lucky enough to see first hand last summer.   Sadly, as the global list grows, so does the number…

A Room With A View In London’s Shard

Millions of tiny twinkles punctured the final moments of twilight. Vibrant streams of metal machines pulsed through dark streets and over bright bridges, making the whole lit landscape appear fluid. An unexpected warm breeze passed in between the giant steel and glass structure protecting me from a seventy-storey fall. Night had fallen over one of…