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LP Pathfinders: top posts from February 2015

Gondolas on canal, Venice
Gondolas on the canal, Venice. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

This month our Lonely Planet Pathfinders have been frolicking in cavernous, subterranean playgrounds in Wales; tackling sheer rock faces in the name of adventure, meeting a few rare Californian Condors along the way, in Arizona; and capturing the magnificence of Venice on camera.

Off the beaten canyon: exploring Grand Canyon's hidden gems - Peter Watson

The Grand Canyon is a perennial feature on all the 'Top Travel Experiences' lists – but what if you want to get away from the crowds and cameras, and explore a slice of Arizona's beauty all on your own? Kia and Peter visited the Lee's Ferry area on the North Rim, seen by only 10% of tourists to the Grand Canyon National Park. Check out their post for practical tips on visiting, as well as some fantastic images and videos.

Peter and Kia are currently travelling around the world. Follow their blog at atlasandboots.com

Photography location scout: the Venice edition - Lisa Michele Burns

A visual guide to the best photography locations in Venice, this post outlines where to shoot, when to shoot and what travellers can capture at each location, all accompanied by inspiring imagery. A customised map highlights a possible path to follow but, like Lonely Planet, Lisa encourages you to get lost by simply wandering with your camera.

Lisa is an Australian photojournalist who plans to move to France in 2015. Follow her blog at thewanderinglens.com

Sin, repent, repeat: Mardi Gras and Lent in New Orleans - Jess Pepe

People come to see Mardi Gras in New Orleans because they're looking for a no-holds-barred party – and the city certainly delivers. But not everyone stays long enough to understand that in New Orleans, carnival season is just one part of a more complex pattern of life.

Jess is an anthropologist/archaeologist living in Alaska. Follow her blog at icecreamandpermafrost.com

Facing my fears at Bounce Below, Blaenau Ffestiniog - Erin and Josh Bender

A vast network of bouncy nets, chutes and passageways, Bounce Below in North Wales is the world’s first subterranean playground – and at twice the size of St. Paul's Cathedral, it offers more than enough adventure for children and adults alike! The Bender family couldn't resist doing a little first-hand research.

The Benders have been travelling as a family since 2012. Follow their blog at travelwithbender.com

Travel guide: the picture-perfect Banaue rice terraces - Aileen Adalid

Aileen explores the iconic Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines, outlining key facts and suggestions for travellers. She has even created a map of things to do in the area. If that's not enough to convince you of the beauty of the region, her photographs certainly will.

Aileen is a digital nomad originally from the Philippines. Follow her blog at iamaileen.com

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