Yourtime A DRIED frog to bring me riches or a llama foetus to protect my house? I ponder the charms on sale at the witches market in the Bolivian capital La Paz with a healthy dose of London cynicism. Theyre not your typical souve- nirs, but then Bolivia is not your typical holiday destination. One of the poorest countries in South America, its hardly well-set up for tourists, but its dizzying extremes offer experiences unmatched in the rest of the continent. As well as the haphazard chaos of intoxi- cating, dust-choked La Paz, home to more than a million people, Bolivias borders boast high-altitude deserts studded with implausible rock formations, jungle wetlands and mountains so rich in silver they bankrolled Spanish colonial expansion. Im here for four weeks as part of a six-month South American adventure. After all, what better way to avoid the credit crunch than leave it on the other side of the world? But collapsing banks are far from my mind at my first stop in the wild west town of Tupiza. Theres no better way to mosey through the rocky ter- rain than on horseback (about 3 per person). Its also where well be starting a three-day tour (tupizatours.com; 12 Friday, 23 October 2009 London Lite A LEAP INTO ALMOST UNKNOWN BY JODIE MULLISH Beach babe: Britney Spears Celebrityhotspot Zihuatanejo,Mexico Swiss bliss: Monsteiner Bier is in the Swiss Alps 5 best... breweries to visit A new salt of holiday countries in South boast high-altitude deserts studded with implausible rock formations, jungle wetlands and mountains so rich in silver they bankrolled Spanish colonial expansion. Im here for four weeks as part of a six-month South American adventure. After all, what better way to avoid the credit crunch than leave it on the other side of the world? from my mind at my first stop in the wild west town of Tupiza. mosey through the rocky ter- rain than on horseback (about 3 per person). a three-day tour (Cowgirls: Jodie, left, and Sam saddle up in Tupiza BLACK SHEEP BREWERY, NORTH YORKSHIRE THE Black Sheep Brewery in Ripon is a mecca for ale aficionados. Take a tour of the brewery (5.50), before heading to the Bistro and Baa...r to quench your thirst and fill your belly with food incorporating the brewerys ales. blacksheepbrewery.com COORS BREWERY, COLORADO, US BASED in the city of Golden, this is the worlds largest single- site brewer, making up to 22m barrels a year. The half-hour tour is free and involves a wander round the brew and malt houses. millercoors.com MONSTEINER BIER, MONSTEIN, SWITZERLAND HIGH up in the Swiss Alps, this quaint brewery offers nine unique beer- tasting experiences. The tasty ales are made using local spring water, Swiss hops and malt. Several tours available. biervision-monstein. ch/angebote-en.htm GUINNESS STOREHOUSE, DUBLIN ALTHOUGH not a tour of the area where the black stuff is made, the Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness complex and explains the stouts history. The Gravity Bar on the seventh floor boasts panoramic views of Dublin. Entry is 13.80. guinness-storehouse.com ERDINGER, ERDING, GERMANY LASTING three hours (the Germans take their beer seriously), this tour will give you a complete insight into how Erdinger Weissbier is brewed. The tour costs 9.20. erdinger.de KELLY ARMSTRONG WHO Britney Spears flaunts her assets in a frilly bikini. WHY GO For a real Mexican idyll untainted by tourism. THE VIBE Easygoing. BEST FOR Romantic strolls, relaxing on the beach, fresh local fish. WHERE TO STAY Laze on the beach all day and night at Casa Kau-Kan (casakaukan.com), sleeping in bungalows surrounded by palm trees. Oceanfront suites from 125 a night. WHERE TO EAT Eat under the stars at Coconuts in Zihuatanejos oldest building (restaurantcoconuts.com). Dishes include chile rellenos (stuffed chillis) and filet in hoja santa (fish filet wrapped in a leaf). Mains from 7. WHAT TO DO Stock up on unusual souvenirs at El Jumil (00 52 755 554 6191), which sells a variety of folk art, papier-mch work and exotic masks. SOMETHING DIFFERENT Dance the night away at Christine (in nearby Ixtapa, 00 52 755 555 0510), where classical music booms from a huge sound system during the midnight light show. Entrance, 10. TOP TIP Ocean lovers can explore on a catamaran with Picante Cruises (picantecruises.com). From 33. HOW TO GET THERE Air Mexicana, return Gatwick to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo via Mexico City, 742.10 (opodo.co.uk). FOR MORE DETAILS zihuatanejo.net JENNIFER BARTON index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html