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In search of Simón Bolívar

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Two centuries ago, in August 1819, the patriot commander Simón Bolívar defeated royalist Spanish forces to liberate Colombia and kick-start the South American independence movement. But who was he – and where can you follow in his footsteps?

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Tackling an epic cycling trip doesn’t mean you need to be an epic cyclist. Dervla Murphy, who launched her distinguished travel-writing career pedalling from Ireland to India, sagely wrote: “one of the advantages of cycling is that it automatically prevents a journey from becoming an Expedition.” These bike-based trips offer high adventure that’s achievable for most of us…

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An estimated 7.77 million animal species call Earth home – yet nearly 90% have never been identified, and many are at risk of extinction. Head off to spot this magnificent seven – while there’s still time…

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