Archive for tag: Central America

Panama City, home to the Panama hat and the Panama Canal. It wasn’t really on our plan of ‘Must See Sights’ in Central America, but it was our gateway through to South America. The two days and nights we spent there gave us enough of a view into yet another big Central American city. For the most part they are the same – plenty of pollution, traffic and rubbish, although they all have their character ...

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Time was running out in Central America, we had 6 nights left before our trip through to Colombia. We had to make it through Costa Rica and Panama to get to Panama City for our flight. After San Juan del Sur, we were still feeling the beach vibe so decided to take a trip through to another beach town called Montezuma. The guide book says it used to be a spot where free spirits (the ...

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The Saint ‘Juan’ really knows how to pick them. The beach town of San Juan del Sur is perfectly located in the middle of line of beaches that offer up great surf, clean water and plenty of sunshine. Aside from the obvious, one of the big appeals for us was the lack of a transit between Ometepe and San Juan – only around 3hrs which is really just a morning commute given the other trips ...

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We arrived in Nicaragua after an epic transit from Honduras. Leaving San Pedro Sula (dodgy, murder friendly town in Honduras) at 5am in the morning and finally arriving in Leon, Nicaragua around 10pm. We opted not to pay for an extra seat in the minivan for our bags, for the final 1.5 hour leg of the journey, instead putting the 20kg behemoths on our laps, sending even more heat into our bodies, just what we ...

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After spending plenty of time in cities in Guatemala, Cel and I were ready for a bit of nature, preferably including warm temps and heat. We left Antigua and headed north in a shuttle, destination: Lanquin and Semuc Champey. The 8 hour journey was relatively painful, stuck in the back of a 12 seater van that was full, charging around windy roads as the temperature outside and inside soared. The last 45 mins took us ...

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Our trip north from Guatemala City went smoothly, a short stop off in Antigua (an old colonial town) before heading along the heavily trafficked highway to Lake Atitlan. The highways themselves are crammed full of trucks, chicken buses (local buses that people take anything on – including chickens) and cars, there don’t seem to be any emission laws in Guatemala all vehicles pump out huge amounts of fumes – meaning it’s a pretty polluted placed ...

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An early start from London, we had a 6:30am pick-up from Vics place. The city had decided to give me a typical send off with grey skies and rain falling, probably a little harsh but I’ll leave it rest. Our flights out were straight forward with a 5 hour stopover on Miami where it was 28 degrees! The final 2hr 40min flight into Guate (what the locals call Guatemala City) while a lot quicker, was ...

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The time has come! As we sit here in Vic’s apartment for our last night in London we’re getting the normal feeling before travel: excitement and uncertainty. Excited about what the next 4 months holds for us, the people we’ll meet, places we’ll go, words we’ll learn and new food we’ll devour. Uncertain about what actually lies ahead, exactly how dangerous is Guatemala city, what will the chicken buses be like, what happens when we ...

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Our trip out to Central and South America is not far off, we’re arriving in Guatemala on the 11th June (18 days away). Neither of us quite know what to expect, dodgy ganglands, tropical rain forests, ancient Mayan ruins or a lively cultural experience – chances are it will be a mix of all of that (although we hope to avoid the drug lords).   Nothing much is planned, arrive in Guatemala and that’s it, we still need to book ...

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