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Shafik Meghji

I'm an award-winning travel writer, journalist and co-author of more than 35 guidebooks to destinations in Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and North Africa. As well as writing for print and digital publications, including BBC Travel,, Rough Guides, and the Guardian, I talk about travel on TV, radio and podcasts.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Latin America, India, Nepal, Australia, Laos"

How did you get involved in travel?

"A mixture of family holidays and books about distant places first got me interested in travel as a child. After university, a stint as a news and sports reporter, and then an extended backpacking trip around India and South America, the interest slowly turned into a career as a travel writer. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Swimming with pink dolphins in the murky waters of the Bolivian Amazon will always stay with me - as will unexpectedly coming face to face with a six-metre shark in the Galápagos. "

A view of Fitz Roy from El Chalten
Ultimate Guide to El Chaltén

In the shadow of one of the most spectacular stretches of the Andes, El Chaltén is the undisputed trekking capital of Argentina. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that this Patagonian town has to offer.

Perito Merino Glacier, a short day trip from El Calafate
Ultimate Guide to El Calafate

Flanked by mountains and facing a shimmering, ice-blue lake, El Calafate is one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia. This small, welcoming city is the gateway to a spectacular section of Los Glaciares National Park. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best El Calafate has to offer.

Atacama Desert
Ultimate Guide to the Atacama: Chile's Desert Wonderland

In the far north of Chile, close to the Argentine and Bolivian borders, San Pedro de Atacama is the gateway to one of the world’s most extreme environments: the Atacama Desert. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that the town has to offer.

Discover Valparaíso
Ultimate Guide to Valparaíso

Spread across a multitude of hills carpeted with colorful homes and overlooking a wide, arcing bay, Valparaíso is Chile’s most engaging city. Commonly known as Valpo, it boasts eye-catching architecture, a flourishing creative scene, and a distinct bohemian vibe. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that the city has to offer.

Explore Chile's capital
Ultimate Guide to Santiago de Chile

Chile’s capital is located right in the center of this long, thin country, midway between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Although it doesn’t yet have the glitzy reputation of Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires, Santiago is firmly on the up, with a host of attractions, thriving culinary and creative scenes, and world-class ski resorts within easy reach.

Discover Easter Island
Ultimate Guide to Easter Island: Moai & More off the Chilean Coast

Adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this tiny volcanic island is one of the most remote inhabited places on earth, home to the distinct Rapa Nui culture and—of course—an incredible collection of Neolithic statues called moai, found nowhere else on earth. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that Easter Island has to offer.