This is part 7 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own.
As you have probably noticed, I visit quite a lot of different places and do a lot of different things each week. Even so, there are always places that I could have added to my trip if I had had even more time and energy to spare. Sometimes I keep a list of places I would still have liked to see in case I visit the same place some time in the future. Maybe at the end of this series I’ll share some of my favourite spots that I did not get a chance to visit this time around. Stay tuned for that!
Each puzzle has five "thematic" answers, which are geographical locations all in the same country. Each is notable enough to have its own article in the English Wikipedia, although not necessarily under the same name I use. Your task is to fill the grid, highlight the thematic entries, and guess which country I am currently visiting (which is not indicated in the grid). Some of the answers will be needed in the final part of the series. Except for the last part, all others are solvable on their own without knowledge of the previous puzzles.
This week I have seen mountains covered in lush rainforest, walked inside the walls of a 17th-century military installment, toured an old city centre dating back to the colonial era, and taken a swim in clean pitch-black water. Can you guess where I am?
Wish you were here!
1/3. Stream described by tribesman wearing cloak, swimming (4,5)
6. Hybrid band: "Jazz with two feet" (4)
9. In corrupt fashion, bar elected to be distinguished (10)
11. Remaining sinister socialists abandoned (4)
13. New, Lyon-produced fabric (5)
14. In Vanuatu, a tarantula is an iconic animal (7)
17. Greek princess captured by perverted nun community (5)
19. Work a long time to produce Porgy and Bess? (5)
21/22. Deutsches Institut's leaders mistreated Lidl and caused damage (3,3)
23. Tribe trained a rabid dog, perhaps (5)
24. President Saddam – violently ousted dictatorial leader (5)
25. Retrospective broadcast, for example in African country (7)
27. Island in the Aegean Sea surrounds one (eastern†) side of Greek vendor's booth (5)
31. Keys for Airbus's rear a flyer returned (4)
32. Generalised belief of Potter's eye moving (10)
33. Glance at castle from the back (4)
34. Betray angry hybrid (5)
35. Philosopher Plato finally following Far Eastern school of thought (4)
1. Cuckoo perhaps throwing out large chicken (4)
2. Laughing and leisurely on vacation, getting candy (5)
4. Not fully prepared to study (4)
5. Aeroplane having a bit of crisis after engineers' leader's exit from aircraft? (5)
7. (See 16 down)
8. Eccentric, openly LGBT filmmaker John starting in Hollywood (10)
10. British RMS Titanic's ultimate doom: taking fluid snow for ice mountain (10)
12. A part of sheep (a ram!) – A rib offered to seat of government (10)
15. Actor Raul supported by alliance on highest point of Pike's Peak (10)
16/7. New Zealand tie for military construction (4,9)
18. A book needs introduction; before that, I'll say "impossible to read" (9)
20. Old West lawman is pear-shaped, all wrong (4)
26. Adjust part of church for singers (5)
28. Type of messy place with little walls (5)
29. In Athens' surroundings, ultimately war incarnate (4)
30. Some insane Roman? (4)
† This erroneously said "western" originally and was fixed after the fact. Thanks to oAlt for pointing it out.
Gladys will return in Almost interplanetary travel.