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National Geographic Traveler February-March 2013

National Geographic Traveler is the world's most widely read travel magazine. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition.

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explorers club 2.0

THIS YEAR THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY celebrates its 125th birthday. That span represents an extraordinary period of wonder that introduced the world to Hiram Bingham and Machu Picchu; Jane Goodall and the chimps of Gombe Stream; the Leakey family’s remarkable evolutionary finds at Olduvai Gorge; Michael Fay’s march across a stretch of uninhabited Africa; and, most recently, James Cameron’s 2012 plunge to the ocean’s deepest point. Here at Traveler we have pursued more modest journeys, but we share the Society’s genes and its drive to probe the world in new ways. Even as we yearn to travel at the pace of an early explorer, the world has sped up. Andrew Evans, our Digital Nomad, embodies that shift. In the Society’s tradition as a leader of discovery, Evans blazes the way for…

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barcelona beat

For an inside take on one of Europe’s top ports, Barcelona, we checked in with our local colleague Cati Miloro, the editor of Viajes National Geographic, the Spanish edition of Traveler. ROUSING RAMBLE Las Ramblas, with its mix of people, is always amusing. For a perfect end to the promenade, stop for a drink in Plaça Reial—try the terrace at Hotel Do—or wander the stalls in La Boqueria market. MONUMENTAL ART I’m hooked on the genius of Gaudí, from the spectacular bulk of La Sagrada Família to the undulating interiors of La Pedrera (or Casa Milà), with its inner patio that doubles as an air shaft. OLYMPIC AMBITIONS When I feel like playing tourist, I take the aerial cable car or the funicular to Montjuïc hill [above]. This is the vantage from which many of the…

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excess baggage

FEW TRAVEL TOPICS INSPIRE more chatter—or grief and aggravation—than packing. In “Travel Intelligence 2013” (November 2012), we of ered roadtested secrets to smarter packing from National Geographic experts. We also asked readers to share their own rules of the load. The responses could fill a suitcase. “Double or nothing is my motto,” wrote Kevin Arevalo of Long Island, N.Y. “If I can’t wear it more than once, I leave it. Always take the best and the most durable options.” Mari Page of Fountain Valley, Calif., takes a similarly pragmatic approach: “I pack my clothing in two-gallon ziplock bags, so I can organize by outfits and days. There’s less wrinkling, and less trouble going through customs.” For Rebekah Reed of Grapevine, Texas, the issue of packing is black and white—and khaki.…

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lima’s bohemian rhapsody

AROUND THE TURN of the 20th century, a salon society emerged in Peru’s capital, Lima, gathering at the mansions of landed Peruvian and European families who summered in Barranco (“ravine”), an intimate seaside enclave southeast of the city center. As those bright young things gradually moved on, they left behind an architectural kaleidoscope that shifts from colonial to Gothic to art deco. Artists and musicians transformed those casonas into galleries and cafés, but by the 1970s the scene had turned bleak. Happily, a boom of venues has revived the warren. “When people in Lima look for something fun, artistic, or bohemian,” says Flor Calderón, a Barranco resident, “they end up here.” 1 Parque Municipal Chess players, couples, and tourists rendezvous in this central green space that is at times tranquil and…

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happy trails

A SCOUT’S SALUTE to the Appalachian Trail: The 2,180-mile path—likely the world’s longest for hiking only—recently marked its 75th birthday. Trudging the peaks and valleys of 14 states, the white-blazed footpath has been almost completely relocated or rebuilt since 1937 and today boasts more scenic vistas, from Tennessee’s Roan Mountain to Vermont’s Thundering Falls. The AT’s less popular West Coast sister, the 20-year-old Pacific Crest Trail, is enjoying a higher profile thanks to Wild, a recent best seller and forthcoming Reese Witherspoon movie. Zigzagging from Mexico to Canada, the rugged 2,650-mile path has been completed by fewer through-hikers than have climbed Mount Everest but of ers ample entry points for day hikes such as at Burney Falls in northern California. The 3,500-mile Alaska Marine Highway connects Bellingham, Washington, to Dutch Harbor, Alaska,…

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a desire named streetcar

BLAME IT ON BLANCHE DUBOIS, but streetcars are sometimes typecast as old-fashioned conveyances. Don’t tell that to urban planners in Seattle, Tacoma, and other cities where streetcars are landing starring roles. “There’s an increasing need for high-quality circulation options within city centers,” says Ethan Melone, rail transit manager of Seattle’s growing system. Streetcars, which draw electricity from rails or overhead lines but share traf c lanes with other vehicles, meet that need. It’s not just effciency that matters, says Patrick Condon, author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities. “If we’re ever to succeed in cutting greenhouse gases, we need to trade car trips for zero-greenhouse-gas walking, biking, and transit options,” he says. For its history and scenic range, Condon favors Toronto’s system, which dates to the 19th century, and Portland,…