Chris Leadbeater

Chris Leadbeater is a full-time travel journalist who has written for The Independent since 2009. He specialises in the USA, South America and Europe, but has covered destinations as varied as Mozambique, New Zealand, Indonesia and Lebanon. Prior to becoming a travel journalist, he worked as a music writer and for men's magazines.

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One of the ancient tomb guardians

Colombia: Secrets of an ancient curiosity

San Agustin's collection of animated, carved tomb guardians is the only trace of a lost civilisation that pre-dates the Incas or Maya, says Chris Leadbeater
Past imperfect: Columbia's State House

On the rights track in South Carolina

Sixty years ago, a racist assault in the state capital marked a pivotal moment in the quest for black civil liberties, says Chris Leadbeater

Scotland: Back to the battle lines

Seven hundred years ago, Robert the Bruce defeated the English at Bannockburn. Chris Leadbeater feels a resonance today

Traveller's Guide: Family Florida

There are plenty of reasons why the Sunshine State is still a top destination for children and adults alike, says Chris Leadbeater

48 Hours In: Prague

Summer is the best time to explore the Czech capital, as the city bursts into life with art exhibitions and classical concerts, writes Chris Leadbeater
Horse power: Churchill Downs on Derby day

A date with the Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs is the revered home of American horse racing, as Chris Leadbeater discovers on a trip to Kentucky
The Maboneng Township Arts Experience

South Africa's bright future

Twenty years after the nation held its first democratic elections, Cape Town is using its World Design Capital status to look to the future, says Chris Leadbeater

Gourmet Cumbria: The Big Six

Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside

Active Cumbria

Get to grips with your adventurous side in this natural playground, says Chris Leadbeater

Events to savour

The Cumbrian calendar is awash with festivals bringing flavour, fun and flamboyance to the region in almost every month of the year. September, for example, sees the Taste Cumbria Food Festival (tastecumbria.com) – a three-day gathering of gourmets, held in Cockermouth, which grows in stature each year. Visitors can try everything from local beer to seafood as a chorus line of celebrity chefs – previous festivals have welcomed the likes of John Torode, Aldo Zilli and Antony Worrall Thompson – showcase their skills.

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