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Colombia’s Lost City: lore of the jungle

High in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains is the Lost City, a site which has been dubbed ‘the new Machu Picchu’. But local tribes says the city was never ‘lost’ to them – though much about their lives is now at risk

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I must have crept a hundred metres away from the track, pushing through thick jungle then finding a faint trail that led downhill towards the roar of the river. Everything was alive down here on the forest floor. A tiny bird with brilliant puffy white beard and red legs stood his ground, emitting a sound like a pneumatic hammer, but what I wanted to see I could only hear, chuntering away to itself up in the tree tops.

Camera in hand, I craned my neck to get a view. Clouds of tiny flies swarmed around me, but I resisted the urge to swat them away. At the back of my mind was a warning from Eduardo, our guide, about snakes. Something rustled behind me and I span around.

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Top 10 state and national parks in Texas

Texas’s vast and spectacular landscape is dotted with more than 100 national and state parks – and they’re not all desert. Here’s our pick of 10 varied parks, from the Lone Star state’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ to historic sites, a forest and an urban oasis

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Everything is big in Texas, including the state’s crown jewel, Big Bend national park and the adjoining Big Bend state park. Together the parks protect an area of Chihuahuan desert larger than the state of Rhode Island, tucked into a 90-degree curve in the Rio Grand river, along the Mexican border.

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