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National Geographic Traveller San Cristobal de las Casas
 SOUTHEAST MEXICO 
Message from the gods
Whether lost in a bat-infested underground labyrinth or caught up in an unexpected sacrificial ritual, you can feel the hand of the Maya on your shoulder in Chiapas

I’ve descended into the Mayan underworld, a sweating, calcifying maze built deep within the Lacandon Jungle, dark as obsidian and thick with tailless whip scorpions. “Keep moving!” Mildred Lucas hisses, her usual Mexican lilt replaced by a more urgent tenor. Up ahead, the feeble beam of my budget torch has stirred life into a canopy of bats. Their sinewy wings unfurl to reveal crumpled faces and parted jaws convulsing in rubbery squeaks. “Take this left… No, wait; go straight.” The air is putrid, the fauna terrifying, and it occurs to me, not for the first time, that my guide may be lost. I’m truly in hell
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Antwerpen-Centraal station hall
 CITY LIFE 
Antwerp: The best of Belgium
A pretty Flemish city that’s wholeheartedly embraced the modern world, Antwerp is a trend-setting, diamond-flashing, bustling port that reveals Belgium at its very best

Few great European cities pass under the radar as much as Antwerp. So, arriving here and finding it to be a properly outward-looking, bona fide world city comes as something of a surprise. And a pleasant one, at that. It’s remarkably small to fit into that category — the population is just a smidge over 500,000. It’s the second-biggest port in Europe, the centre of the world’s diamond industry and among the globe’s fashion capitals READ MORE >>
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Copenhagen cool

Floating hotels, boutique townhouses, hipster hostels and a former sailor’s retreat, plus a stay that accepts ‘art money’. There’s nowhere quite like the Danish capital for visitors to check in and hang out READ MORE >>
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Twin Peaks revisited

Grab a damn fine cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie at the weird and wonderful Washington State, the real-life backdrop to the hit 1990s TV show — ahead of its return to our screens READ MORE >>
Brecon Beacons
Stay at home
Brecon Beacons

The dramatic peaks and valleys of the Brecon Beacons National Park — celebrating its 60th anniversary this year — are best explored on foot, horseback or by bike READ MORE >>
Paris
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A teen in Paris

Careful planning pays off as a mother and her teenage fashionista daughter hit the French capital for some serious shopping (and a bit of culture)
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