Welcome to the latest issue of Perceptive Travel, home of the great travel stories, travel book reviews, and the latest notable world music releases. Here's what we've got in store for you:
The Peanut Fiends of Guayaquil - Darrin DuFord
Nature may have been obliterated in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, but in a park teeming with iguanas, our author learns the virtues of a reverse petting zoo.
Sankranthi in a Town Called Hampi - Beth Whitman
On a journey to one of India's most magical places during festival time, Beth Whitman finds that alms searchers, pilgrims, and pseudo-hippies somehow fit into the strange rocky landscape of Hampi.
Sobering Shamanism from Peru's Visionary Tea - Bruce Northam
His new-age-dweeb guard was up when he hit Cusco. Way up. But with a little help from a sacred vine and a chanting married couple who sang in a dying Amazonian language, hallucinations turn into a life-changing revelation.
Acrophobia Down Under - Gillian Kendall
The lone woman on a tour with a dozen gay men, Gillian Kendall sees Sydney from a different angle, climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge and walking across.
The Sea is Cortes - C.M. Mayo
An excerpt from the book Miraculous Air charts the path of sportfishing on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, from before the days of refrigerators, timeshares, and traffic.
Plus World Music Reviews -
This month's world music reviews cover earthy blues from the Sahara; elegant sounds from China; and a collection of contemporary blues from its place of origin. The son of a famous father announces himself with a fine debut.
Ready to drop your dreary job and start a new life somewhere else? This month's book reviews are all about a life change that makes travel and life abroad a priority, not a distant dream.
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