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Highlights of Bogota

When I talk to fellow travel writers about their most memorable recent travels, one place that keeps cropping up is Colombia. After years of suffering a less than rosy reputation Colombia is firmly back on the tourist map and it seems as though it has one thing


Situated in the south-eastern corner of Sicily, Noto is famous for its Baroque architecture, and since 2002 it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Noto is a plesant attractive little town with a historic centre that is composed almost entirely of crumbling Baroque palaces,

Stockholm an affordable city break

I have been to Stockholm several times for conferences of one kind or another. Before I went the first time I had never considered it as short-break city. It was somehow too far north. But, as Sunvil began to understand the potential of Scandinavia as the last

Renowned traditional Pachamanca dish in rural Peru

I was born in Lima but my parents come from Canta, a province which is only a couple of hours away from Lima by car. My childhood was spent between the busy city of Lima and my grandparent’s house in Yaso, a tiny town in the Chillon

Skopelos Cheese Pie

There is one particular gastronomic gift from Skopelos to the rest of Greece: its famed cheese pie. Whenever you go to fast food joints or bakeries in Greece, you’ll find the twisted, round ‘tyropitta’ (cheese pie) or ‘spanakopitta’ (spinach pie) marked as Skopelitiki (from Skopelos). So, when

Life in the slow lane – photos from the Alentejo

Take a walk (or even a drive) around Portugal’s Alentejo region and for much of the time you might find yourself wondering where all the people have gone. The region is sparsely populated and with most visitors to Portugal heading to the southern beaches of the Algarve or

Ancient Inca roads spanning 6 countries granted World Heritage status

Last month, the Andean road system ‘Qhapaq Ñan’ across Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. It is the first time multiple countries have worked together to register one site on the heritage list. Qhapaq Ñan has been selected for its

Remote Control – how to escape the beach bustle on mainland Greece

It’s a sad fact of holiday life that the harder a place is to get to, the fewer other people there are. There are few ways to guarantee you have the beach to yourself – you can hide it either in the Australian outback or the dark

Exploring the best of Stockholm

Gloomy weather welcomed me on arrival in Stockholm! Despite that, I tried to make the most of the day walking around and the feeling I had was of an elegant and vibrant city, buzzing with life. It becomes really quiet at night after working hours. If getting around

July’s Sunvil Supper Club: Ceviche

This is Peru’s most famous dish. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in lime juice and spiced with Aji Amarillo or chilli peppers. 2,000 years ago, ancient Mochica culture had a dish made with fresh fish marinated with fermented banana passion fruit; during