Visit this place in Argentina for the best combination of luxury and nature

It was about 8 pm, and a cacophany of chirping birds and cicadas filled the inky darkness. If a large animal—a tapir, perhaps, or a jaguar—snapped branches or scampered through the bush, it would have been hard to hear it. My ears strained, my pulse quickened, as I surveyed the dense jungle ahead with a flashlight, waiting to spy a flash of green eyes… Not many visitors make it to this part of northeastern Argentina, despite its Urugua-í Provincial Park being just a 2.5-hour drive from Iguazu Falls, one of…

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Wine, waterfalls and hiking trails make this place the perfect holiday spot

The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has given rise to a wine industry that’s growing in both number and reputation, with more than 40 wineries within a 40-mile (60-kilometer) stretch. In 2004, the Columbia Gorge was designated an American Viticultural Area, a wine grape region distinguished by geographic features. Here’s a look at the gorge, the wine region and wineries, along with what visitors need to know about…

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Forget Byron Bay, these five towns are the place to holiday instead

ONCE a haven for the chilled-out surfers, today the famous northern NSW beachside town of Byron Bay bears little resemblance to its 60s hippy heyday. Skyrocketing real estate, overcrowded beaches, raucous drunken backpackers, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and expensive, scarce parking make blissing out in this former utopia nigh on impossible. However, for those seeking respite and feel good vibes, you can still get a glimpse of old school Byron in one of the small towns who have been passed the tree-changer baton. From hidden beaches and mouth-watering organic produce, to world…

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Anti-terrorism vigil set to take place at Cardiff University

Hundreds of students and locals from across Wales’ capital are to hold a candlelit vigil outside Cardiff University’s main building to show “solidarity against terrorism.” Supported by 13 of the institution’s student societies, the event’s organisers have said the vigil will pay tribute and remembrance to all the victims of recent terrorist attacks which have occurred in countries across the world, adding: “Terrorism kills without discrimination, so why should we let discrimination enter our lives?” A board will be made available where people can write messages of strength and peace…

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