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I am V!VA's operations expert. With an MBA and a background in the Interactive Television industry in the U.K. I am the organizing force behind the team and the Managing Editor of V!VA World. With an insatiable thirst for off-the-beaten-track travel, I have travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and most recently in Central and South America.

  • Hometown

    Honiton, Devon, England

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    V!VA List Latin America V!VA Travel Guide to Ecuador & The Galápagos Islands.V!VA Guide to ColombiaV!VA Guide to Peru

  • Travel philosophy

    Try anything once!

  • Craziest place

    Hanoi, Vietnam. I have never seen so many motorbikes in one place, following no obvious traffic rules. Crossing the road was an adventure. You had to step out into the road regardless of the oncoming sea of motorbikes and they would dodge you. One rule: don't stop! If you stopped in the middle of the road like a frightened rabbit you would, for sure, be run over.

  • Bizarre experience

    Watching Indonesian men in a remote coastal community in eastern Lombok paint their toenails with pink nail polish, brought to them by the tour guide. This was followed up with a dance, including a strange mix of 1970s disco and the very traditional music of the locals.

  • Advice

    Be patient.

  • Dream destination

    Mongolia, on a camel trek, followed up by an overnight in a Ger.

  • Traveled before

    England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, Monaco, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, The Maldives, USA, Ecuador, Bonaire, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia.

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Paula Newton's Guide Book Entries


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  • Peguche

    Oct 07, 2007 - Around Otavalo, Peguche, Ecuador

    Within hiking distance from Otavalo, Peguche makes a welcome break for those looking for some peace and quiet after a ......

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  • Cuba

    Jun 27, 2007 - Cuba

    High up on the list of travelers’ top destinations and perhaps due to the block on travel for US citizens ......

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  • Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

    Jun 15, 2007 - Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador

    Altitude: 625 m (2,051 ft)Population: 305,000Phone Code: 02Located in the lush central lowland area of northern Ecuador, Santo Domingo de ......

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  • Hostel Tropical Maison Taganga

    Feb 08, 2010 - Taganga, Colombia

    For those looking for a cheap option in Taganga, Hostel Tropical Maison might be a good choice. This is not ......

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  • Hotel Pelikan

    Feb 08, 2010 - Taganga, Colombia

    Hard-to-miss Hotel Pelikan is located on the road into Taganga. It is a brightly-decorated hostel with very friendly and helpful ......

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  • Casa Holanda

    Feb 05, 2010 - Taganga, Colombia

    Smack bang in the center of things, Casa Holanda is quickly gaining a reputation as a great place to lay ......

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  • Mojito Restaurant Bar

    Feb 08, 2010 - Taganga, Colombia

    Mojito Restaurant Bar is fairly heavily patronized, in part due to their drinks special, which allows an hour use of ......

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  • A La Vista

    Feb 08, 2010 - Taganga, Colombia

    A La Vista offers reasonably priced snacks, pizzas, crepes and more, with a view of the sea. Food comes in ......

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  • Tiki Bar

    Feb 08, 2010 - Taganga, Colombia

    Right on the seafront, the swanky (for Taganga) Tiki Bar is also home to the surfing-beach gear store, Taganga Xtreme. ......

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  • Museo de la Revolucion

    May 25, 2009 - Havana, Cuba

    If you only have time for one museum while you’re visiting Cuba, the Museo de la Revolucion in Havana Vieja ......

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  • Catedral San Cristobal de Habana

    May 25, 2009 - Havana, Cuba

    Havana’s cathedral is located on the northern face of the Plaza de la Catedral square. While elaborate, it does not ......

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  • Plaza de la Catedral

    May 25, 2009 - Havana, Cuba

    This well-restored plaza, as the name would suggest, is dominated by Havana-s cathedral. Pretty pink flowers adorn the pillared walkway ......

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  • Tonito Tours

    Mar 02, 2010 - Uyuni, Bolivia

    With tours ranging from one to four days, Tonito Tours have more than ten years of experience leading tours into ......

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  • Natour and Salt Fields Trips

    Mar 02, 2010 - Uyuni, Bolivia

    Natour offer a few options of Salt Flats trips, including some different options for the three-day, two-night trip, including trips ......

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  • Andes Salt Expeditions

    Mar 02, 2010 - Uyuni, Bolivia

    With offices in both Potosí and Uyuni, this tour operator provides a wide variety of Salt Flats tours, from one ......

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  • Escuela Bellavista

    Jun 07, 2008 - Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

    Escuela Bellavista Spanish School has a friendly and welcoming ambiance. Its youthful, yet experienced teaching staff will work on your ......

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  • Ixbalanque Spanish School

    Jan 13, 2006 - La Ceiba, Honduras

    Whether you are a tourist visiting Central America, or a businessperson who wants to improve your Spanish skills, you can ......

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  • Infotur

    May 11, 2009 - Havana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

    Infotur is the government tourism information office. There is one centrally located in Havana Vieja at Obispo on the corner ......

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  • Artesanal Market

    Nov 24, 2007 - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), Peru

    In the last hour or two, when you\'ve come back from Machu Picchu and you\'re waiting for your train back ......

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V!VA List Articles

V!VA Latin

  • Driving La Ruta del Sol

    Oct 11, 2006 - Ecuador

    Late in the afternoon, we turn a corner on the dusty road and spy our goal—the balmy, azure Pacific Ocean, ......

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  • Telefériqo

    Oct 05, 2006 - Ecuador

    Having recently opened in July 2005, Quito’s “TelefériQo,” or cable car, is a very pleasant option for whiling away a ......

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  • Bellavista

    Oct 05, 2006 - Ecuador

    All around us, a peaceful humming sound prevails amid a rainbow of color. Nearly twenty hummingbirds are swooping in on ......

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