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Ten popular tourist attractions that can kill you

The Backpacker If you don't like taking risks, you should probably avoid doing any of these.

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Eight places you need to visit right now

Colombia beach.

The Backpacker The world is changing: here are eight places you need to get to before they're overrun with tourists.

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Fruit and veggies, juice ... and witchcraft

Shopping on the dark side ... the witchcraft section.

The Backpacker The market started off looking normal, but then things took a darker tone.

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The drug that's a tourist attraction

A Peruvian Andean soothsayer inhales ayahuasca through a shell during a ceremony. Tourists are increasingly looking to partake in the drug themselves when visiting the country.

The Backpacker A hallucinogenic brew is turning into an unlikely tourist attraction. But is it safe?

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How to really stop a nation

Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year celebration, is more than just New Year's Eve. Some revellers brave freezing conditions in the River Forth for a dip during the annual Loony Dook Swim.

The Backpacker Forget the Melbourne Cup - if you really want to see a nation grind to a halt, this is where you should go.

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They're a strange bunch, but I get it

Bird Watchers

The Backpacker You can spot the twitchers from a mile away.

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'That city? It's horrible. Don't bother.'

Peru, Lima, San Francisco Church and Convent.

The Backpacker It's hard to be objective when you think back on a place you've visited.

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Forget all the fashionable foodie fare

Peruvian pancake tacu tacu.

Ben Groundwater It's not the fancy stuff in the capital that impresses, but the down-home, simple food of the north.

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What's Edward Snowden up to?

airport waiting

The Backpacker The American whisteblower could use some tips on wasting time in airports.

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The world's best live music scenes

Bruce Springsteen

The Backpacker Whether you want to see a headline act at a stadium or a bunch of nobodies in a dive bar, these are the cities to visit.

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Disaster written all over it ...

Mountain bike

Ben Groundwater They're letting tourists do this? Well, it must be fine. Right?

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Travellers' Check

Getting mugged by airlines and governments

A boy does a headstand at sunset on Copacabana Beach.

Travellers' Check It's not muggers and pickpockets travellers need to look out for these days - it's the legal ways you are getting ripped off.

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The world's top 10 best small towns

San Sebastian

The Backpacker The world's greatest city? Who cares? Bigger isn't always better - here are some the world's best bite-sized destinations...

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Would you like legs with your coffee?

Cafe con piernas Santiago

The Backpacker The cafe staff are all women, all dressed in the same short, tight dresses, all with voluptuous figures.

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City synonymous with all things scary

Bogota Bar Dancing

The Backpacker A place where lucky tourists get mugged and unlucky ones get shot. Or so they say.

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Top 10 best destinations for travel photos

Tourists pose for a picture at the Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia.

The Backpacker Want to get that perfect shot? There are some destinations where you can't go wrong, no matter what your skills ...

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Forget Machu Picchu, this is my holy grail

Aguas Calientes

The Backpacker You don't expect to top a visit to Machu Picchu in a lifetime, let alone that same day.

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You don't eat your pets for dinner!

In Peru, guinea pigs are on the menu.

The Backpacker But it's hardly my place as a visitor to complain.

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The scariest danger of all

Chile earthquake.

The Backpacker On Sunday, I was convinced I was staring death in the face.

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Whatever you do, get to backpacker paradise

A tourist poses for a picture at the Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

The Backpacker I don't usually do this but, stand back people, I'm about to gush.

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