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Some words about my words... 

In 2012, I co-founded and became the Editor in Chief of a new travel magazine about Ecuador, Ñan. The talented Ilán Greenfield soon become the editor and continues in that role to this day. 

Ñan is a large-format, full-colour bilingual travel magazine published five times a year. We aim to inspire and inform a new generation of travellers about the riches of this small yet megadiverse South America country.

Every issue of Ñan focuses on just one route or theme, allowing us to 'scratch the surface' of its attractions, routes, cultures, people, music, gastronomy, wildlife and curiosities. Over time, we are building up a fresh, insightful, unparalleled and collectable vision of the country.

Every issue comes with a pull out and foldable map with key information and references for travellers to take on the road and explore.

View the website and get inspired!

Although the Ñan team had always worked on projects with travel industry clients, since January 2016 we formally opened Ñan Communication, a travel communications agency dedicated to working with clients across the sector - from hotels, lodges, boat owners and tour operators - to improve their marketing communications. We've produced website architecture and texts, newsletters, blogs, artwork, social media, videos, photography and maps for our clients to date. For more, click here

Words from the past...

The Finest Flowers Grown in the Middle of the World - Ecuador

published September 2008

Bloom, a book by Ecuadorian photographer Anamaría Chediak on the flowers and flower farms of Ecuador, for which I wrote the texts for 18 farms as well as the introduction and article about the industry.

It was designed by graphic designer Belen Mena.

Back Cover:
Grown amid the mountains of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, infused by the rays of the Equatorial sun, nurtured with skill and passion, and fed by the pure waters of Andean glaciers, the flowers of Ecuador are blessed – just like the country that gave them life. The images of these flowers and the farms that produce them are captured in this book by the inspired eye of Anamaría Chediak. Her sensibility conveys the magical combination of prodigious elements found in this South American country, brought to the page with all their colorful, intense and poetic life intact.


Back Cover:
This work is a journey whose goal was to reach the true spirit of the Huaorani Indians of the Yasuni region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is an unashamed attempt to reveal to the Ecuadorians and the world that, behind the shame of nudity taught by missionaries, and beyond the sensationalist newspaper headlines of murderous spearings, the Huaorani possess a warm, humorous and gentle spirit. A spirit so in tune with the forest environment that we are left only to marvel at their attributes and to wallow in our own ignorance. I very much hope that after turning these pages the Ecuadorian reader, in particular, will be proud of his or her heritage, and will take pride in recognizing the Huaorani as integral members of the very special Ecuadorian melting pot.
Many of these photos were taken while working with a Huaorani who had been educated in Quito, had written a book about Huaorani mythology and had asked me to follow him in to the communities to photograph them, not through my own tourist eyes, but following his vision, through Huaorani eyes. I found myself totally accepted, largely ignored, and yet fully included. I had fun, we laughed hard and on this journey I gained a privileged insight into both the way they see themselves and into their hearts, from where these images were born.

An award-winning husband and wife photographic team, Pete Oxford and Reneé Bish have lived in Ecuador since 1985 and 1992 respectively. The images in this book reflect the passion with which Pete approaches his subjects, allowing him, in this case, to capture candid yet dignified moments in Huaorani culture. Pete and Reneé’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Geo, The Times, Airone, International Wildlife, Nature’s Best and National Geographic Explorer among other publications. This is their eighth book.

An Amazon people of Ecuador's Yasuni region

published Ocober 2007

I worked as the text editor on my friends Pete Oxford and Renee Bish's remarkable new book about the Huaorani Indians of Ecuador's Yasuni region. As well as editing Pete's introduction and footnotes, I also researched and contributed most of the quotes that appear in the book.

It was designed by the very talented Ecuadorian graphic designer Belen Mena.

SPIRIT OF THE HUAORANI  - An Amazon people of Ecuador's Yasuni region (copyright!)

(the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society)
August 2007

Quito's World Heritage-listed colonial centre is the largest in the Americas. And thanks to municipal intervention and a school for disadvantaged children, the Ecuadorian capital's historic heart is being revitalised. Dominic Hamilton reports.

PDF file here

Geographical Magazine August 2007

Birds in Ecuador

published December 2006

I worked as one of the text editors on Murray Cooper's stunning book on the birds of Ecuador, including this back-cover blurb. It was designed by graphic designer Belen Mena.

“Plumas” is a photographic odyssey through some of the most spectacular subject matter imaginable in some of the most challenging conditions possible. Murray Cooper’s patience, care and creativity bring the world of Ecuador’s neo-tropical birds to brilliant, startling life. Using only natural light and shooting only in the wild, “Plumas” is a first in South American photography.

The book takes the reader on a journey across this small yet incredibly bird-diverse country: from the Amazon’s heart of darkness up to the peaks of the high Andes, before descending down through the Chocó cloudforests and on to the dry tropical forest and the Pacific coast. Here we find the country’s most sought-after bird species in their natural habitats, intimately captured by the lens and reproduced in stunning full-color plates. The photos are accompanied by introductory texts by the country’s leading ornithologists, including a foreword by Robert Ridgely.

Representing a year of hardship and surprise, disappointment and joy, drenching and devotion, “Plumas” is a labour of love by one of Ecuador’s most respected wildlife photographers in one of the world’s most beautiful environments. With over 250 images of birds from every ecosystem, the book not only sets the standard for neo-tropical bird photography but will remain an invaluable reference for decades to come.

Januray 2007
Text + images

In a forgotten corner of southern Russia, Dominic Hamilton finds a shamen who sees an ill relative and a coming child, accompanied by a local throat–singing star.

Adventure Travel
December 2006
Text + images

Ask 100 people to pen a list of their top ten treks and you're guaranteed to find the Inca Trail features on all. Dominic Hamilton chews some coca and tells us why.

PDF file here (large)

Geographical (the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society)
October 2006
Text + images

Brazil’s decision to pay for the development of a route linking Brazil with Peru’s Pacific ports is viewed by many as vital for the economies of both countries. But those who live along the route fear that while it will bring prosperity for some, the road will also bring social and environmental problems for others. Dominic Hamilton reports.

PDF file here (large).

Interval World
Fall 2006
Text + images

It may pale in size next to neighboring Colombia and Peru, but Ecuador packs a true tourism wallop - from the magnificent beaches of its Pacific coast to the ecological bounty and chamring towns of its interior.

PDF file here (large).

Adventure Travel, UK
May 2006
Text + images

Dominic Hamilton treks to the'Lost World' of Mount Roraima in Venezuela.

See pdf file here (1.4 Mb).

May 2006
Text + images

At its height, the Mayan civilisation encompassed numerous city-states housing as many as ten million people. Then, it mysteriously collapsed. Dominic Hamilton sets out along the popular Ruta Maya and finds this ancient culture lives on.

PDF file here (1.3 Mb).
Global UK
March 2006
Text + images

Protected by the Huascaran National Park, the mountain range of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru is a wonderland of ice-crusted peaks. Dominc Hamilton donned his fleece to see it for himself.

October 2005
My text. Images by Henry Dallal

In Peru, you can greet the day in a hundred different ways, in a hundred different places, hundreds of kilometres apart. The choice is never easy, and sleeping in is never an option.

See pdf file here.


In October 2005, I updated the northern Peru chapter of the Fodor's Peru guide. The guide will be published in May. Fodor's is one of the world's most respected guidebook publishers.

The trip took me from the impressive ruins and coastal cultures of the Pacific seaboard, up to the snowy peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, and back down to the cloudforests of Chachapoyas. A beautiful journey.

For words and images of the Cordillera Blanca, go here.



I've continued my writing and photographing for this US magazine. In Autumn 2005, they published a piece on Panama City, and in the Summer 2005 issue, ran one on Guatemala's Caribbean coast and Lago Izabal (< left).

I worked steadily with the UK magazine Global over many years. Unfortunately, the magazine folded in early 2006. My last article for them was in the last issue. I provided text and images for all the articles. 
In 2005, they published a piece on Amazon Adventure in Ecuador (Nov-Dec > below left).
In 2004, they ran pieces on Peru (April > below middle) and an adventure one on Ecuador in October.
In 2003, they published a big feature on Angel Falls in Venezuela (> bottom), and another article on Peru. Go here for the latter.


Saab Magazine
March 2005
Published in the UK and 18 countries worldwide.
Images + text.

The cloudforests of South America are home to many endemic species and plants whose future is in the hands of the local inhabitants. Dominic Hamilton's inspiring journey took him across the continent to the spectacular surroundings of Ecuador.
See pdf file here.

As one gains altitude, every available surface becomes festooned with liverworts, lichens, mosses and filmy ferns, while tree stems become crooked, gnarled and wizened. And amid this glistening, moist, green mass swirl mists and fogs. Not for nothing are they called fairy or elfin forests: they look like a set from The Lord of the Rings.


I began working with the UK-based Footprint Books who publish the Handbook series in 2004. Their flagship book is the South American Handbook, the longest-running guide in English. You can see my articles about the 80th anniversary of the SAH below.
In October 2004, I updated various chapters in the Peru Handbook, and in March 2005 updated the Bogotá and Venezuela chapters of the South American Handbook 2006, published in October 2005.

March 2004
Text + some images

The Galapagos Islands are one of those ‘must-see, trip-of-a-lifetime’ destinations. Dominic Hamilton travels to the archipelago to find out what effect the increasing numbers of visitors seeking that life-changing experience are having on the islands’ delicate ecosystems.
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Spring 2005 - Traveller magazine (UK)
Kapawi Ecolodge in southeastern Ecuador.

Snaking along the lumbering River Kapawi, buzzing from thickly-clad bank to woolly bank, a hoatzin bird puts on a display for the newly-arrived tourists. From its low-hanging branches, it rears up on its hind legs and flaps its brown and yellow wings, screeching and hissing. As we motor past, it turns, as if to make sure we've acknowledged its presence. It is a fitting welcome to the Kapawi Ecolodge: the hoatzin, also known as the 'stinky turkey', is the lodge's symbol, adorning all the staff's T-shirts and the lodge's literature.

See article >>


In mid-2005, Wanderlust, one of the UK's top independent travellers' magazine, published a special supplement titled 'Discover the Andes'. I contributed articles on Peru's coast, Ecuador's Amazon as well as a number of images.


Autumn 2004 - Traveller magazine (UK)

The continent's oldest church stands here. As soon as the town was founded in 1534, the Franciscans began erecting their temple. As the original 200 colonists measured and squared off their parcels of land, the Franciscans swallowed up a whole hillside. In their wake came the Dominicans, the Jesuits, the Augustinians and all the original sin caravan of Inquisition Spain. The cross and the Bible were just as much a part of the Conquest as the arquebus, horse and sword.
See article >>

In January 2004, Geographical magazine ran a long-awaited feature on Mount Roraima, the mountain in southeastern Venezuela which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to pen The Lost World.

I'm particular fond of the article, and it was accompanied by some amazing photographs by my friend Adrian Warren, and some of mine. View the pdf of the article here.

I published two articles in 2003 in Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society.

The first one, Pocket-Sized Paradise, featured ecotourism in Ecuador (April issue).

The second (below, September issue) celebrated the anniversary of the South American Handbook, the longest-running guidebook in English.

Photo of frog by Pete Oxford, my neighbour in Quito and author of several beautiful books on Ecuador.

For more articles from the past, go here.

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