February 4, 2012

Isla Holbox – lots of Swedes and a little bit of rain

Generally, people are a little strange, we’ve come to realise that on our travels. Not in a racist or derogatory way, just an observation. We think this of them, and they more than likely think the same of us. Last year we spent Christmas on a lovely island called Koh Lanta in Thailand. For some … Continue reading "Isla Holbox – lots of Swedes and a little bit of rain"..Read more

January 30, 2012

Isla Mujeres – more beach time

We leave Cancun in beautiful sunshine but very soon the weather changes and before we know it the heavens have opened and it’s pouring. We arrive on Mujeres wet and a little miserable but it’s only a couple of hours before things have dried out and the sun is shining again...Read more

January 24, 2012

Tulum – slowdown

With just over two weeks left on the coast of Mexico there is not much left on our itinerary. ..Read more

January 22, 2012

Merida – party town!

Merida is famous for its weekly celebrations held every weekend, where they close off the streets to traffic and have a bit of a knees up. ..Read more

January 18, 2012

Palenque – better than Tikal?

The site is much smaller than Tikal, but mainly because they have only uncovered around 5%, with the rest remaining below ground. ..Read more

January 16, 2012

Tikal – complete washout

Fun Tikal fact – George Lucas came here in 1979 to shoot a scene for one of his Star Wars films. ..Read more

January 12, 2012

Caye Caulker – lobster central

Within 60 seconds of being underwater we were surrounded by sharks, rays, moray eels and hundreds of fish...Read more

January 6, 2012

Placencia – they speak English!

We are very much in the Caribbean now, the Caribbean that I had always imagined. Patois is now spoken along with English and a very youthful Queen now features on all the notes – it’s like stepping back to the 80s...Read more

January 4, 2012

Rio Dulce and Livingston – swamp living and crocodiles

It’s a mix of four different cultures here, Caribbean, Mayan, Hindu and Chinese. We decide to mix it up even further and stay in a tree house like affair in the middle of a swamp owned by a British chap called Rusty..Read more

January 1, 2012

Antigua – New Year’s nonsense and fireworks

This was actually quite an honour, the square was packed, the whole town was here and behind us the God squad stood waiting for us to light the explosives to kick the whole thing off. ..Read more

December 30, 2011

Copan Ruinas – first taste of the Mayans

After a long 14 hours on a bus from Managua, we finally arrived in San Pedro Sula, one of the main transport hubs in Honduras. There’s nothing here to really interest travellers and in truth it’s a pretty dangerous city, but since there were no onward buses past mid-afternoon (again, it’s too dangerous to travel … Continue reading "Copan Ruinas – first taste of the Mayans"..Read more

December 25, 2011

Christmas on Little Corn Island

There is a darker side to Little Corn which cannot be ignored. The island is a major refuelling station for cocaine smugglers coming up from Colombia heading to the US...Read more

December 10, 2011

Leon – casinos and another new camera

Leon is on the verge of exploding as a tourist destination. The infrastructure is all here, hostels, bars, restaurants, but it’s not yet gone the final mile...Read more

December 5, 2011

Puerto Viejo -more monkeys and a birthday

The trip in from Panama is great, crossing the border is a blast. After a few stamps and $3 dollars paid to someone for something we’re not sure of we tentatively walk across an old railway bridge..Read more

December 2, 2011

Bocas del Toro – settling into the beach life

Bocas del Toro is a small archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama. After a 12 hour journey on the world’s coldest bus and a quick hop on a boat, we arrived on the main island, Isla Colon. Along for the ride were the Swiss couple and the Italian girl from our San Blas group, … Continue reading "Bocas del Toro – settling into the beach life"..Read more

December 1, 2011

Panama City – the richest capital in Central America

Back on dry land after our San Blas trip, we head straight for Panama City. We’re not planning on stopping in many of the capital cities whilst in Central America as the vast majority of them are grey and soulless, some of them downright dangerous. But Panama City is different. For a start, it’s a … Continue reading "Panama City – the richest capital in Central America"..Read more

November 28, 2011

San Blas – Colombia to Panama the scenic route

San Blas, Paradise islands, white sands, small Caribbean towns and local indigenous tribes..Read more

November 25, 2011

Capurgana – a little slice of the Caribbean

It’s not possible to travel overland from South America to Central America, partly because there are no roads, and partly because the area on the border between Panama and Colombia is full of guerrillas. In order to get to Panama you have to either fly or take a boat. There are plenty of yachts that … Continue reading "Capurgana – a little slice of the Caribbean"..Read more

November 20, 2011

Cartagena – colonial city with a Caribbean twist

Despite having seen about a million colonial towns by now, we’ve heard that Cartagena is one of the more impressive and all reports have been that it’s well worth a visit. Jumping off the minibus from Taganga, we immediately see why – yes, it may well be a colonial town but there’s a definite Caribbean … Continue reading "Cartagena – colonial city with a Caribbean twist"..Read more

November 15, 2011

Tayrona – caribbean sea and storms

Our rough schedule gives us about six weeks on the beach out of 12...Read more