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Lonely Planet April 2018

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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United Kingdom
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English
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BBC Worldwide Limited
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editor’s note

We’re celebrating cities in this issue, with four major features to fuel your urban adventures. ‘Two streets over’ is a term I’ve always liked using, representing original experiences just beyond the familiar sights: that bar the locals love, the quirky hidden museum, the tranquil park across from the hubbub. The idea is well represented in our exploration of the varied levels of New York City, from an underground supper club to views across Manhattan… from a height to set this vertigo sufferer’s knees knocking (p60). Next in our sequence is a story ranking (in a wilfully unscientific way) the unsung cities we say deserve to be on your radar (p72). We head on to hunt for the secrets of Santiago, the capital of Chile – the top country in Lonely…

1 min.
behind the scenes

Snappetite Here at Lonely Planet, we’re almost as obsessed with food as we are with travel. Our new Instagram account combines our two loves, so if you’re dreaming of Hawaiian poke, Irish sourdough or Turkish baklava, head on over to @lonelyplanetfood and prepare to feel inspired (and hungry). The Discover Nikkō &Aizu guide given with our September 2017 issue incorrectly included a photo of the Tōshō-gū shrine in Ueno, Tokyo. It should have shown the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō (pictured here). You can download an updated guide at www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/portal/ lonelyplanet.html THIS MONTH’S COVER The Chrysler Building was only briefly the world’s tallest structure – from 1930 until the Empire State Building passed it in 1931 – but it’s often seen as New York’s most beautiful skyscraper. It stars on our newsstand cover this…

3 min.
postcards

PASTO, COLOMBIA ¡ Viva la fiesta! I was in Pasto, Colombia, earlier this year for the annual Carnaval de Negros y Blancos. The Black and White Carnival is an awesome festival with native Andean roots and an intricate history. It celebrates Colombia’s immense cultural and ethnic diversity and is Unesco protected. People from all walks of life daub themselves and each other with dark grease or face paint one day and flour, foam or talc the next, and throw a completely wild street party to celebrate cultural difference. It was fantastic! In the finale on the last day, black and white gave way to lots of colour, singing and dancing. Since I’d already been ambushed a number of times, I was decked out in protective gear when I managed to get this,…

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back to nature

2 min.
the natural selection

Hokkaido accounts for more than 20% of Japan’s landmass and less than 5% of its population, so it’s little surprise that much of this island prefecture is unblemished wilderness. Particularly during the spring and summer months, its cooler northern temperatures make it popular for hiking, cycling and swimming. Take a hike Daisetsuzan National Park is Japan’s largest, home to active volcanoes, dense forests and clear lakes – and replete with opportunities for scenic hiking. The hypnotically blue Lake Mashū makes for great hiking scenery – the six-hour round-trip to the top of Mount Mashū (857m) takes you round its eastern side, where views of navy blue waters are gradually replaced by striking volcanic vistas. A stone’s throw from Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, Shikotsu-Tōya National Park also offers Mount Yōtei (1,898m), whose 1,500m climb…

3 min.
coming of age

At this time of year, there are few daydreams more intoxicating than the thought of some early-season sun, and as a prospective destination, Malta’s capital Valletta ticks lots of boxes. Despite being just a three-hour flight from the UK and predominantly English-speaking, Valletta enjoys a balmy Mediterranean climate. What’s more, its status as European Capital of Culture for 2018 means a programme of more than 400 unique events celebrating its historical and cultural highlights for you to enjoy, whenever you choose to visit this year. Musical highlights include Rock the City 2018, on 20–22 April – a special edition of the annual Rock the South, an alternative music festival now in its sixth year. Festival-goers can expect an exciting line-up of 40 local and international acts, as well as DJ sets…