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Hostelworld Podcasts

Presented by Hostelworld.com Editor Colm Hanratty and other members of the Hostelworld team, our award-winning podcasts are recorded in cities all over the world with people who tell us about things unique to their city. And in our London and New York City city guide podcasts Colm tells you what not to miss there and more.

Hostelworld Podcasts

Africa Podcasts

Cape Town - On Robben Island

Location: Cape Town, South Africa (Africa)
Located just off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa, Robben Island is where one of the world's most famous prisons used to be located. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to tour guides at the museum for the lowdown.


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Cape Town - On Robben Island

Soweto - South Africa's most famous township

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (Africa)
Located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Soweto is by far the most famous township in South Africa. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Lebo Malepa of Lebo's Soweto Backpackers to discuss the famous township, find out what you can see there and much more.


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Soweto - South Africa's most famous township

Port Elizabeth - At Schotia Safaris and Addo Elephant Park

Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Africa)
Addo Elephant National Park and Schotia Safaris are two of the top attractions in Port Elizabeth and should definitely be on our list of things to do during your stay. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Malcolm Bean, a ranger at Schotia Safaris. Listen to find out more about the Addo Elephants, the Schotia lions, and a pair of rhinos called Bonnie and Clyde, plus lots more.


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Port Elizabeth - At Schotia Safaris and Addo Elephant Park

Durban - Gateway to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Location: Durban, South Africa (Africa)
Located approximately 2.5 hours from Durban, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in Africa. Here you can see elephant, rhino, buffalo and more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Charl Koen of Extreme Nature Tours to find out about the park, what you can expect to see and much more.


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Durban - Gateway to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Johannesburg - At the Apartheid Museum

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (Africa)
Since opening in 2001, Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum has firmly established itself not only as one of Johannesburg's most fascinating museums, but as one of South Africa's most fascinating museums. With so much to see, you would need to spend up to a day to take it all in. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Wayde Davy of the museum about the history of Apartheid in the country and the museum itself.


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Johannesburg - At the Apartheid Museum

Cape Town - Ask the locals

Location: Cape Town, South Africa (Africa)
Want to know what are the locals' favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods are in Cape Town? Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty took to the streets of South Africa's most famous city to find out.


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Cape Town - Ask the locals

Mossel Bay - Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

Location: Mossel Bay, South Africa (Africa)
Huge numbers of visitors come to Mossel Bay specifically to go cage diving with great white sharks. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Mike Ladley, Education Programme Director at White Shark Africa to find out about the inquisitive nature of the great white, what to expect from a trip with White Shark Africa and more.


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Mossel Bay - Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

Plettenberg Bay - At Monkeyland and Birds of Eden

Location: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa (Africa)
Monkeyland and Birds of Eden are two of the top attractions in South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Lara Mostert, Marketing Manager for Birds of Eden and Monkeyland. Listen to find out about the noisy monkey and colourful birds you’ll see here, where these animals have come from and much more.


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Plettenberg Bay - At Monkeyland and Birds of Eden

Jeffrey's Bay - A surfer's paradise

Location: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa (Africa)
Surfing is one of the main draws in Jeffrey's Bay, a laid-back seaside town in South Africa's Eastern Cape. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan speaks with Andy Thuysman, Chairperson of the Local Boardriders Surf Club in Jeffrey's Bay. Listen to find out more about top surf spots like Supertubes, attractions like the Surf Museum and about the numerous surf shops found in town.


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Jeffrey's Bay - A surfer's paradise

Port Elizabeth - Highlights of the Garden Route

Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Africa)
If you're visiting South Africa, chances are you'll spend some time along the well-loved Garden Route. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan speaks with Aimee Bell, Sales Representative at Baz Bus, a company which helps travellers to get around South Africa. Listen to find out more about Port Elizabeth's top attractions, popular towns along the Garden Route, first-rate attractions such as bungee jumping from the Bloukrans Bridge, and much more.


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Port Elizabeth - Highlights of the Garden Route

Pretoria - At the Union Buildings

Location: Pretoria, South Africa (Africa)
In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan speaks with Kassiani Lythrangomitis, website manager at the South African Presidency which is housed in Union Buildings. Listen to find out more about some of the major events that have taken place here, including the 1994 inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela, and plenty more.


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Pretoria - At the Union Buildings

Durban - Discovering the city's highlights

Location: Durban, South Africa (Africa)
If you're planning a trip to South Africa and will be visiting Durban it's good to know what you shouldn't miss when you're there. To help you find out, in this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Sagren Naiker, a tour guide with Tekweni Tours who are based in Durban to tell him about the city's golden beaches, famous marine park and much more.


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Durban - Discovering the city's highlights

Johannesburg - Gateway to Kruger National Park

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (Africa)
Of all of South Africa's national parks, Kruger National Park is by far the most famous, and Johannesburg is the gateway to the park. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Clive Murray of Easy Rider Tours to tell him how long you need to appreciate the park, what wildlife you will see there and more.


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Johannesburg - Gateway to Kruger National Park

Wine capital of South Africa

Location: Cape Town, South Africa (Africa)
Located just 45 minutes from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is recognised as the wine capital of South Africa. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Shantal Peterson from the tourist office in Stellenbosch about the different vineyards in the region and much more.


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Wine capital of South Africa

Marrakech - In the souk

Location: Marrakech, Morocco (Africa)
The Moroccan city of Marrakech is famous for many things, and its 'souk' (market) is just one of them. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty walks through the souk to speak to some of the different people who run stalls there..


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Marrakech - In the souk

Asia Podcasts

Only in Shanghai...

Location: Shanghai, China (Asia)
Hostelworld.com's Selina Tan speaks to different people in the Chinese city of Shanghai about things you can only find there, such as an area with many architectural styles known as 'The Bund' and more.


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Only in Shanghai...

The Old and the New

Location: Tokyo, Japan (Asia)
There are many things that you can only find in Japan, and two of these are types of accommodation - ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) and capsules. To learn more about them, Colm speaks to Kunio Koike of Homeikan, one of Tokyo's few traditional ryokans, and Toshikazu Odaijma of Capsule Inn Akihabara.


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The Old and the New

Live from the Khao San Road

Location: Bangkok, Thailand (Asia)
Join Colm as he walks down Bangkok's Khao San Road, the world's most famous road with backpackers. Armed with nothing but his dictaphone, he speaks to travellers from all over the world about where they've been, what they miss most about home, drinking 'buckets' and eating bugs!


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Live from the Khao San Road

Inside the Petronas Towers

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Asia)
Azman Ibrahim of Petronas speaks to Colm on the Skybride of Kuala Lumpur's famous Petronas Towers. In this podcast he tells him how you can get access to the bridge, what Petronas actually do and the impression Sean Connery made on him!


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Inside the Petronas Towers

The Making of the Singapore Sling

Location: Singapore, Singapore (Asia)
Rizuan Smile, bartender in The Long Bar in Singapore's famous Raffles Hotel, tells Colm exactly what goes into the famous cocktail.


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The Making of the Singapore Sling

Europe Podcasts

Berlin - On Museumsinsel

Location: Berlin, Germany (Europe)
Located at the top of Unter den Linden in Berlin, Museumsinsel is where you will find the German capital's main museums. These include the Altes Museum and Pergamonmuseum. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Mechtild Kronenburg from the National Museums of Berlin to find out about these museums and more.


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Berlin - On Museumsinsel

Inside London's British Museum

Location: London, England (Europe)
Housing a vast collection of world art and artefacts, the British Museum in the heart of central London is the city's most famous museum. Here there are over seven million objects kept, in collections focusing on Ancient Egypt, Japanese art and much more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to JD Hill to find out what is his favourite collection and much more.


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Inside London's British Museum

Bath - Ask the locals

Location: Bath, England (Europe)
In ‘Bath - Ask the locals’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan takes to the streets of Bath to ask some people who live in the city about their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods. Listen to find out about two great Thai restaurants in town, what bars have popular outdoor terraces and more.


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Bath - Ask the locals

Hamburg - What not to miss

Location: Hamburg, Germany (Europe)
In our ‘Hamburg – What not to miss’ podcast Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan talks to Bea Röttgers, Press Relations Officer at the Hamburg Tourist Board about Hamburg’s top attractions. Listen to find out more about the Alster Lake, the Rathaus, Planten un Blomen, the Fischmarkt and even Hamburg’s infamous Reeperbahn.


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Hamburg - What not to miss

Liverpool - Ask the locals

Location: Liverpool, England (Europe)
In ‘Liverpool - Ask the locals’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan takes to the streets of Liverpool to ask the people who live there about their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods. Listen to find out what makes Lark Lane such a popular area, why you should drink at the Shipping Forecast and where you can find reasonably priced food.


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Liverpool - Ask the locals

Split - What not to miss

Location: Split, Croatia (Europe)
Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan talks to Vedran Matosic, the Managing Director of the Tourist Board of Split about the city’s top attractions in our ‘Split - What not to miss’ podcast. Listen to find out all about Diocletian's Palace, Bačvice Beach, Marjan Hill, the multitude of annual festivals to be enjoyed in the city, and lots more.


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Split - What not to miss

Only in Liverpool...

Location: Liverpool, England (Europe)
In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with some people about three of the attractions which can only be enjoyed in Liverpool. It's only in this city that you can take a trip across the River Mersey with Mersey Ferries, go on the stadium tour at Anfield which is the home of Liverpool FC, and check out the art on display at the Tate Liverpool.


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Only in Liverpool...

Dublin - Ask the locals

Location: Dublin, Ireland (Europe)
In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Dublin to ask the locals where they like to go out at night, where they like to eat and what are their favourite parts of the city. Listen to find out the best traditional pubs in the city, the nicest suburbs close to the centre and more.


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Dublin - Ask the locals

Only in Bath...

Location: Bath, England (Europe)
Bath, a beautiful city located in Somerset in England, is home to a number of unique attractions. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with some people about three of the attractions you’ll only find in Bath. These are the Roman Baths, Sally Lunn’s and the Jane Austen Centre.


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Only in Bath...

Liverpool - At 'The Beatles Story'

Location: Liverpool, England (Europe)
The Beatles, one of the best bands of all time, came from Liverpool and it’s in this city in the north of England where you’ll find The Beatles Story, an attraction dedicated to the band. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Mary Chadwick, General Manager Commercial at the Beatles Story. Listen to find out what you’ll see here, why it’s such a popular spot and more.


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Liverpool - At 'The Beatles Story'

Amsterdam - Ask the locals

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe)
In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Amsterdam to ask the locals where are their favourite places to eat, drink and more. He finds out where is good for couscous and what is the year's best festival among other things.


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Amsterdam - Ask the locals

Galway - Discovering the Aran Islands

Location: Galway, Ireland (Europe)
In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Caroline Gorham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Island Ferries, a company that runs ferry services out to the Aran Islands. Listen to find out what you can see and do on Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr.


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Galway - Discovering the Aran Islands

Barcelona - Highlights of the city

Location: Barcelona, Spain (Europe)
Located on Spain's east coasts, Barcelona is one of the country's most popular cities. Here you will encounter many, many attractions. To find out about what are the ones you shouldn't miss, Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Maria Lluisa Albacar of Barcelona Turisme. In the podcast he discovers where is good for nightlife, what museums you shouldn't miss and more.


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Barcelona - Highlights of the city

Galway - Home of Traditional Irish Music

Location: Galway, Ireland (Europe)
In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Cóilí O’Flaherty, proprietor of Tig Cóilí, a Galway pub that hosts some of the city’s most popular traditional Irish music sessions. Listen to learn why Galway is such a great city for traditional Irish music, what to expect from a session and much more.


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Galway - Home of Traditional Irish Music

Bruges - Churches, basilicas, canals and more

Location: Bruges, Belgium (Europe)
Bruges, Belgium's most visited city, is a city with many attractions. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Anne De Meerleer from Bruges' tourist office to and discover these range from a basilica with the blood of Christ and a host of canals.


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Bruges - Churches, basilicas, canals and more

Galway - A Medieval City

Location: Galway, Ireland (Europe)
In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Ray Martin from Galway Tours, who run a medieval walking tour of Galway. Listen to find out about some of Galway’s top medieval attractions including St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and more. You’ll also find out about other unique attractions to Galway like the Salmon Weir Bridge.


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Galway - A Medieval City

Brussels - At the Comic Strip Center

Location: Brussels, Belgium (Europe)
In this podcast recorded in the Belgian capital Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Willem Degraeves from the city's Comic Strip Center, one of Europe's most unique and fascinating museums. During the interview Willem tells Colm why Brussels is so synonymous with comic strip art, what are his favourite characters and more.


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Brussels - At the Comic Strip Center

At the Tower of London

Location: London, England (Europe)
Located on the banks of the River Thames, the Tower of London is one of the British capital's most popular tourist attraction. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Yeoman Sergant (aka beefeater) Bob Loughlin from the Tower to find out who's lived there over the years, what people can expect when they visit it and much more.


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At the Tower of London

San Sebastian - Pintxos: A local specialty

Location: San Sebastian, Spain (Europe)
In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks about pintxos with Gabriella Ranelli from Gabriella’s Kitchen, a cooking school in San Sebastian. Listen to learn more about this local specialty, from the best places to try them out to the top tipples to sip while you eat.


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San Sebastian - Pintxos: A local specialty

On the London Eye

Location: London, England (Europe)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Sophie Lilley from the Merlin Entertainment's London Eye to find out who came up with the idea for the famous landmark, how people visit it every year and more.


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On the London Eye

London - In the West End

Location: London, England (Europe)
In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Julia Hallawell of the Society of London Theatre about the British capital's famous theatre district. She tells him what's the longest running play there, how to save money when buying tickets and more.


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London - In the West End

Glasgow - Ask the locals

Location: Glasgow, Scotland (Europe)
Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan takes to the streets of Glasgow to ask the people who live there about their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods. Listen to find out why the West End is so well-loved, where to get the best tapas and what makes haunts like 'The Wee Bar' so popular.


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Glasgow - Ask the locals

Only in Oslo...

Location: Oslo, Norway (Europe)
There are certain things you can only find in the Norwegian capital, such as the Nobel Peace Center, the Oslo Opera House and the Viking Ship Museum. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks to different people about these unique attractions.


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Only in Oslo...

Only in Edinburgh...

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (Europe)
There are some certain things that you can only find in the Scottish capital, such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to different people who live in Edinburgh about those things.


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Only in Edinburgh...

Cork - Inside the English Market

Location: Cork, Ireland (Europe)
In operation since 1788, the Cork English Market is one of the city's most important attractions. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan speaks with Kay Harte from the Farmgate Cafe to find out what makes this food market so special.


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Cork - Inside the English Market

Getting to know Montmartre

Location: Paris, France (Europe)
In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travels to Montmartre, one of Paris' best-known neighbourhoods, to speak to Frederique Maitrehenry of Musée de Montmartre to find out what makes it so unique.


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Getting to know Montmartre

Hidden Rome

Location: Rome, Italy (Europe)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Francesco Galluzzi, a tour guide in Rome, about some of the city's less known attractions.


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Hidden Rome

Only in Stockholm...

Location: Stockholm, Sweden (Europe)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to people in Stockholm about the world's first outdoor museum, a hostel on a jumbo jet and more.


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Only in Stockholm...

Only in Prague...

Location: Prague, Czech Republic (Europe)
Hostelworld.com’s Colm Hanratty travels to Prague for this podcast to speak to different people about certain things unique to the Czech Republic’s capital.


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Only in Prague...

Only in Dublin...

Location: Dublin, Ireland (Europe)
There are some certain things that you can only find in the Irish capital, such as the home of Guinness, Europe's largest urban park and the Book of Kells. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to different people who live in Dublin about those certain things.


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Only in Dublin...

Seville - Home of Flamenco

Location: Seville, Spain (Europe)
Hostelworld’s Colm Hanratty speaks to Fernando Rodriguez of 'El Arenal', one of Seville's top Flamenco clubs about the origins of the music and its different styles.


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Seville - Home of Flamenco

Only in Frankfurt...

Location: Frankfurt, Germany (Europe)
Some of the things you can only do in Frankfurt are see Europe's most spectacular skyline and try an authentic frankfurter sausage with some 'apfelwein' (apple wine). In this podcast Colm speaks to different people in Frankfurt about the things you can only do there.


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Only in Frankfurt...

Live from Queen's Day

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe)
Celebrating the birthday of Queen Beatrix, Queen's Day is the biggest event on the Dutch calendar and the best place to celebrate it is in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. In this podcast Colm reports from the streets of Amsterdam to find out what you can expect to encounter at the Netherlands' biggest party.


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Live from Queen's Day

Only in Lisbon...

Location: Lisbon, Portugal (Europe)
There are certain things you can only do in the Portuguese capital. These include visiting one of Europe's biggest aquariums at 'Oceanario de Lisboa' and enjoying a cake in 'Pasteis de Belem'. In this podcast Colm talks to different people in Lisbon about those certain things.


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Only in Lisbon...

Live from the Hoscars

Location: Dublin, Ireland (Europe)
Colm presents this podcast live from the 6th Annual Hostelworld.com Hoscar Awards Ceremony. The ‘Hoscars’ were selected from over 600,000 Hostelworld.com reviews that were left by customers in 2007.


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Live from the Hoscars

Tips for the Slopes

Location: Interlaken, Switzerland (Europe)
Colm speaks to Jon Fauver of Outdoor Interlaken, Interlaken's leading ski school, to find out which is harder to pick up - skiing or snowboarding? In this podcast Colm also learns when the ski season starts and ends and more


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Tips for the Slopes

Live from Oktoberfest

Location: Munich, Germany (Europe)
Join Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty and his friend Richie Talbot as they get the lowdown on the famous festival and go on an 'Oktoberfest Tent Test', visiting seven of the fourteen main tents.


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Live from Oktoberfest

Gyros or souvlaki?

Location: Athens, Greece (Europe)
Eating a gyros or a souvlaki is a much a part of a trip to Athens as visiting the Acropolis. The only problem is that you may not know the difference between the two. Colm speaks to Dimitris Bairaktaris and Vicky Moutsiounas from Athens’ famous ‘Bairaktaris’ restaurant to find out the difference between the two.


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Gyros or souvlaki?

Live from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (Europe)
Colm travels to Edinburgh to present this podcast live from 2007's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At the festival he speaks to Jody Kamali, star of the one-man show 'Backpacker', Maeve Higgins, one of Ireland's top stand-up comics, press officer Duncan Fraser to find out how big the festival is, along with other performers at the largest arts festival in the world.


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Live from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Best Pint of Guinness in Dublin

Location: Dublin, Ireland (Europe)
Colm goes in search of the best pint of Guinness in the Irish capital with his friend and self-proclaimed Guinness connoisseur, Richie Talbot. During their quest they visit 10 of Dublin’s city centre pubs, ranging from traditional bars to modern ‘superpubs’. They even visit the place where Guinness is made!


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The Best Pint of Guinness in Dublin

Only in Amsterdam...

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe)
The Dutch capital is famous for many reasons and there are certain things that you can only find there. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to different people who live in Amsterdam about the Red Light District, the Anne Frank House and more.


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Only in Amsterdam...

Naples by Neapolitans

Location: Naples, Italy (Europe)
Colm speaks to Luca, Carla and Gemma from Hostel of the Sun in Naples to ask them if their city is as dangerous as people say it is, where you will find the city’s best pizza, and what you shouldn’t miss there if you are planning a trip to the southern Italian city.


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Naples by Neapolitans

Inside Amsterdam's Coffeeshops

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe)
Famous for canals, Heineken Beer and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam is also renowned for its liberal attitude to soft drugs. Listen to Spike from the Jolly Joker Coffeeshop in the Amsterdam’s Nieumarkt district give us an insight into the city’s coffeeshop culture along with some warnings also!


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Inside Amsterdam's Coffeeshops

London - 'The Knowledge'

Location: London, England (Europe)
You may or may not be aware of this, but before London cab drivers are allowed drive people around the British capital they have to learn what is called ‘The Knowledge’ – a detailed knowledge of routes within a six-mile radius of Charing Cross Station. Here Colm speaks to Neil Chadwick, a cab driver from the East End of London, to extract his own version of ‘The Knowledge’.


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London - 'The Knowledge'

London City Guide

Location: London, England (Europe)
Find out what not to miss in the British capital, discover what the best time to get on the London Eye is, listen to some locals tell Colm what their favourite bars and restaurants are, discover some ways to save money and much more.


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London City Guide

North America Podcasts

Montreal - At the Museum of Fine Arts

Location: Montreal, Canada (North America)
Did you know that it’s free to visit the incredible Montreal Museum of Fine Arts? In ‘Montreal – At the Museum of Fine Arts’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Danielle Champagne, Director of Communications at the Museum. Listen to find out more about the permanent collection, the history of the museum and lots more.


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Montreal - At the Museum of Fine Arts

Niagara Falls - At the Botanical Gardens

Location: Niagara Falls, Canada (North America)
If you’re visiting Niagara Falls and you’re looking to save some cash, make sure to check out the Botanical Gardens which are free to visit. In ‘Niagara Falls - At the Botanical Gardens’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks to James Smith, Superintendent of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture to find out what you can see at the Botanical Gardens, which events you can enjoy throughout the year and more.


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Niagara Falls - At the Botanical Gardens

Vancouver - What not to miss

Location: Vancouver, Canada (North America)
Want to know what makes Stanley Park so popular or why you should check out Gastown? Listen to our ‘Vancouver – What not to miss’ podcast to find out what makes Vancouver such a great place to visit. In it, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Amber Sessions, Travel Media Relations Manager at Tourism Vancouver about Vancouver’s fantastic neighbourhoods, some of the best places to go out at night and plenty more.


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Vancouver - What not to miss

Vancouver - Ask the locals

Location: Vancouver, Canada (North America)
In ‘Vancouver - Ask the locals’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks to some of the people who live in this city in western Canada about their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods. Listen to find out where to try a deep-fried sushi roll, why you should visit South Main and lots more.


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Vancouver - Ask the locals

Quebec - At La Citadelle

Location: Quebec, Canada (North America)
Quebec City is filled with intriguing attractions including the star-shaped Citadelle, somewhere you should definitely try to check out during your stay. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Marjolaine Brochu, Assistant Chief Guide at La Citadelle to find out about the history of the site, the famous changing of the guards ceremony and more.


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Quebec - At La Citadelle

Only in Ottawa...

Location: Ottawa, Canada (North America)
The Canadian capital of Ottawa is located in the province of Ontario and is filled with things to see and do. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with some people about three of the unique attractions you’ll only find in Ottawa. These are the Rideau Canal, the Canadian Museum of Civilisation and the Parliament Buildings.


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Only in Ottawa...

Quebec - At Wendake, a First Nations community

Location: Quebec, Canada (North America)
Take a short trip from Quebec City centre and you’ll come to the First Nations community of Wendake. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Sébastien Desnoyers from Tourisme Wendake to find out what there is to see and do in the area. Listen to learn about the history of the Wendat people, find out what you’ll see at the Onhoüa Chetek8e traditional site and more.


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Quebec - At Wendake, a First Nations community

Niagara Falls – What not to miss

Location: Niagara Falls, Canada (North America)
As well as being the home of the famous waterfalls, Niagara Falls also boasts plenty of other great attractions. To find out more about things to do in Niagara Falls, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks to Paula Racher, Sales Director at Niagara Falls Tourism. Check out this podcast to hear about the best spots for shopping in the area, why you should go hiking in the Niagara Glen and more.


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Niagara Falls – What not to miss

Toronto – What not to miss

Location: Toronto, Canada (North America)
Located on Lake Ontario, the Canadian metropolis of Toronto is filled with things to see and do. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Michele Simpson, Media Relations Manager at Tourism Toronto to find out what makes the city so popular. Listen to find out more about top Toronto attractions like the CN Tower, popular neighbourhoods like the Beach, free things to do in Toronto and lots more.


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Toronto – What not to miss

Only in Montreal...

Location: Montreal, Canada (North America)
Montreal, which is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec, is filled with unique attractions to check out. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with some people about three of the attractions you’ll only find in Montreal. These are the Redpath Museum, the McCord Museum of Canadian History and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.


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Only in Montreal...

Miami - Art Deco capital of America

Location: Miami, USA (North America)
Miami, and South Beach in particular, is seen as the Art Deco capital of America. Take a stroll down Ocean Drive and you can admire building after building after building that screams out Art Deco. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Jack Johnson of the Miami Design Preservation League to discover what exactly is Art Deco, what are the best examples and more.


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Miami - Art Deco capital of America

Toronto - At the Royal Ontario Museum

Location: Toronto, Canada (North America)
In our ‘Toronto - At the Royal Ontario Museum’ podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan talks to Renee Tratch, Manager of Communication at the ROM, one of the largest museums in Canada. Listen to find out more about this popular spot which houses a spectacular dinosaur display and lots more.


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Toronto - At the Royal Ontario Museum

Ottawa - What not to miss

Location: Ottawa, Canada (North America)
Check out our ‘Ottawa – What not to miss’ podcast to find out more about Ottawa’s top attractions, neighbourhoods and more. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Karen Squires, Executive Director of Marketing at Ottawa Tourism about attractions like the Rideau Canal and the ByWard Market, as well as popular neighbourhoods like the Glebe and Little Italy.


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Ottawa - What not to miss

Niagara Falls - At the spectacular Niagara Falls

Location: Niagara Falls, Canada (North America)
In ‘Niagara Falls - At the spectacular Niagara Falls’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks to Tony Baldinelli, Communications Manager at the Niagara Parks Commission about one of the world’s most beautiful attractions. Not just about the Falls themselves, this podcast also features some of the other top attractions to be found along the Niagara Parkway.


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Niagara Falls - At the spectacular Niagara Falls

Only in Quebec...

Location: Quebec, Canada (North America)
Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec in Canada and it attracts large numbers of visitors each year. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with some people about three of the attractions you’ll only find in Quebec City. These are the National Assembly of Quebec, L’Observatoire de la Capitale and the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.


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Only in Quebec...

Only in Vancouver...

Location: Vancouver, Canada (North America)
A popular destination on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver is a beautiful city filled with unique attractions. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with some people about three of the attractions you’ll only find in Vancouver, namely the Vancouver Aquarium, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Museum of Vancouver.


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Only in Vancouver...

Montreal - What not to miss

Location: Montreal, Canada (North America)
In ‘Montreal - What not to miss’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Marc-André Gemme, International Relations Manager at Tourism Montréal about the top attractions in Montreal. Listen to find out about the city’s famous mountain, what you can do for free in the city, why cycling is a way of life here, and plenty more.


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Montreal - What not to miss

Toronto - At the CN Tower

Location: Toronto, Canada (North America)
In ‘Toronto - At the CN Tower’, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Irene Knight, Manager of Public Relations at the CN Tower, one of the top attractions in Toronto. Listen to our first Toronto podcast to hear all about this towering Toronto attraction which boasts three unique viewing levels and lots more.


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Toronto - At the CN Tower

San Francisco - Ask the locals

Location: San Francisco, USA (North America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of San Francisco to ask the locals there where they like to go out at night, where they like to eat, what is their favourite neighbourhood and more.


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San Francisco - Ask the locals

New York City - Ask the locals

Location: New York, USA (North America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of New York City to ask the people who live there what their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods are. Listen to find out why Williamsburg in Brooklyn is so popular and what makes the bar 'Black and White' in the East Village so unique.


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New York City - Ask the locals

Only in New York City...

Location: New York, USA (North America)
There are many things that you can only find in the world's most famous city, New York City. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travels to the Big Apple to speak to different people about those things.


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Only in New York City...

Boston - Ask the locals

Location: Boston, USA (North America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Boston to ask the locals there where they like to go out at night, what their favourite restaurants are and which neighbourhoods they like hanging out in.


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Boston - Ask the locals

Highlights of Central Park

Location: New York, USA (North America)
In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kate Sheleg of Central Park to find out about the park's history, it's highlights, how many movies were filmed there and more.


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Highlights of Central Park

Boston - On the Freedom Trail

Location: Boston, USA (North America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Sam Jones of Boston's Freedom Trail to find out what you can expect on one of America's most famous and celebrated walks.


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Boston - On the Freedom Trail

Los Angeles - Ask the locals

Location: Los Angeles, USA (North America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of the City of Angels to ask the locals where they like to eat, drink and hang out.


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Los Angeles - Ask the locals

A Venetian in LA

Location: Los Angeles, USA (North America)
While it is famous as home to hundreds of superstars, Los Angeles also has some alternative areas. Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty met Danny Conn, a resident of LA's Venice Beach, to discuss the city's most eclectic neighbourhood.


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A Venetian in LA

The Wedding Chapel Crawl

Location: Las Vegas, USA (North America)
Heard of a pub crawl? Where you call into loads of pubs in the one night? Well join Colm as he embarks on a 'wedding chapel crawl', calling into six different wedding chapels in the same evening on Las Vegas Boulevard in Sin City.


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The Wedding Chapel Crawl

Managing Manhattan

Location: New York, USA (North America)
Going to New York and want to find out the differences between Manhattan’s various neighbourhoods before you go? If so listen to various ‘Big Apple Greeters’ tell Colm what makes each neighbourhood unique.


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Managing Manhattan

The Cable Car Cast

Location: San Francisco, USA (North America)
Discover the history behind arguably America’s best-known modes of public transport as Colm talks to ‘gripman’ Charles Hiletki as he drives his number 28 cable car around the streets of San Francisco.


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The Cable Car Cast

New York City Guide

Location: New York, USA (North America)
In this podcast you find out how to save time queuing up for tickets for the Empire State Building, how to save money when buying subway tickets, find out what New Yorkers' favourite parts of Manhattan are and more.


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New York City Guide

Oceania Podcasts

Auckland - At the Skytower

Location: Auckland, New Zealand (Oceania)
Located in the heart of Auckland's CBD (Central Business District), the Skytower is Auckland's most instantly recognisable landmark. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Connie Sprague of Skytower to tell him about the different colours it goes, how you can base jump off it and much more.


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Auckland - At the Skytower

Melbourne - Down at Federation Square

Location: Melbourne, Australia (Oceania)
Found directly across from Melbourne's best-known landmark Flinders Street Station, Federation Square (which is better known as 'Fed Square') is a melting pot of culture. Here you can visit attractions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victocia (NGV). In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kim Polkinghorne to find out about this great attraction.


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Melbourne - Down at Federation Square

At the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Location: Sydney, Australia (Oceania)
Spanning 503 metres (1.15km) long and taking over eight years to build, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Every day thousands of people cross it by train, on foot, or in car/bus, while some are lucky enough to climb to the top of it. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Melissa Duane of 'Bridge Climb Sydney' to find out more about the bridge and how you can join the elite group of people who've climbed the bridge.


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At the Sydney Harbour Bridge

At the Christchurch Art Gallery

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand (Oceania)
Located in the heart of Christchurch's city centre on New Zealand's South Island, the Christchurch Art Gallery is home to one of New Zealand's most important art collections. It houses everything from early European painting to contemporary New Zealand video work. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Blair Jackson from the gallery to get an insight into the gallery's collection.


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At the Christchurch Art Gallery

At the Auckland Museum

Location: Auckland, New Zealand (Oceania)
Located in Auckland's best known park The Domain, the Auckland Museum, or the Auckland War Memorial Museum as it is also known, is like three museums in one. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Corey Rumble and Melissa Hobson from the museum to find out what visitors can expect there.


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At the Auckland Museum

Melbourne - Ask the locals

Location: Melbourne, Australia (Oceania)
Hostelworld's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Melbourne to ask the locals where they like to go out at night, what are their favourite restaurants, and what are their favourite parts the city.


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Melbourne - Ask the locals

Highlights of the South Island

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand (Oceania)
Trent Johnson, bus driver with Magic Bus, one of New Zealands top tour operators, tells Hostelworld.coms Colm Hanratty what he thinks are the highlights of the countrys South Island


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Highlights of the South Island

Auckland - Ask the locals

Location: Auckland, New Zealand (Oceania)
Hostelworld's Colm Hanratty goes on to the streets of Auckland to ask the locals where they like to go out at night, what are their favourite restaurants, and what are their favourite parts of New Zealand's biggest city.


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Auckland - Ask the locals

Where to Stop on Australia's West Coast

Location: Perth, Australia (Oceania)
Colm speaks to 'Hopper', manager of Perth's The Witch's Hat hostel and former Western Australia tour guide about the best stops on the coast of his beloved home state.


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Where to Stop on Australia's West Coast

Learn the Rules of Aussie Rules

Location: Melbourne, Australia (Oceania)
Colm speaks to Patrick Keane of the Australian Football League about the rules of his country's national sport, Aussie Rules football.


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Learn the Rules of Aussie Rules

Learning to Surf

Location: Sydney, Australia (Oceania)
Planning on taking up surfing when you come to Australia? Listen to some tips from an expert as Colm talks to Paul Vella from Surf Camp Australia about what you need to do to pick up the sport.


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Learning to Surf

Highlights of the North Island

Location: Auckland, New Zealand (Oceania)
While it isn't the biggest country in the world, the list of places to see and things to do in New Zealand is endless. Colm met 'Chops', a driver with Magic Bus, one of the country’s top tour operators, to find out the highlights of New Zealand’s North Island.


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Highlights of the North Island

South America Podcasts

Rio de Janeiro - Home of the 'favela'

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (South America)
Marcelo Armstrong, founder of 'Favela Tour', Rio de Janeiro's original favela tour, speaks to Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty to explain what a 'favela' is, why he decided to start the tour, and that there are many positive aspects to them and not just negative ones.


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Rio de Janeiro - Home of the 'favela'

Buenos Aires - A city tour

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina (South America)
As Buenos Aires is so big, seeing all it can to offer can prove to be difficult. A good way to see as much as possible is by going on a city tour. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Mariana Gallow of Travel Line tours in Buenos Aires to talk about their 'Traditional Buenos Aires City Tour' which can be booked on Hostelworld.com. In the podcast she tells Colm about some of Buenos Aires' most famous squares, neighbourhoods and much more.


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Buenos Aires - A city tour

Mendoza - Wine capital of Argentina

Location: Mendoza, Argentina (South America)
Fernando Gonzalez of Kahuak Tours speaks to Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty in this podcast recorded in Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina. In the podcast Fernando tells Colm about the different types of grapes grown, what his own favourite type of wine is and more.


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Mendoza - Wine capital of Argentina

Santiago - Close to the mountains, close to the sea

Location: Santiago, Chile (South America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kristina Schreck from Tourismo Chile about Santiago's unique location...the Chilean capital is just one hour from the heart of the Andes and one hour from the coast. Listen to find out about the best places to visit in each.


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Santiago - Close to the mountains, close to the sea

Cusco - On the Inca Trail

Location: Cusco, Peru (South America)
Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Jose Uscadiaz of Chicon Expedition in Cusco to learn about the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, some alternative routes and more.


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Cusco - On the Inca Trail

Lima - What not to miss

Location: Lima, Peru (South America)
In this podcast recorded in the capital of Peru, Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty talks to Gisella Vasquez of the tourist board there to ask her what visitors shouldn't miss, where are the best places to eat and more.


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