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California USA, Mexico, Guatemala & Belize This is my journal for my next trip from 17 March 2008 starting in LA, San Francisco, San Diego then down into Mexico. Will now be going to parts of Guatemala and Belize.

Barcelona, Spain

SPAIN | Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 | Views [392] | Comments [1]

Arrived in Barcelona on Thursday.  It is a beautiful city.  Have been walking around looking at the beautiful buildings.  Today visited Barcelona Cathedral and visited La Segrada Familia {but didnt pay 10 euros to get in} and looked at it from outside.... Read more >


Taxco

MEXICO | Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | Views [550]

Wow what can I say about Taxco the silver capital of Mexico but that its absolutely beautiful!! The city is on the side of a very steep hillside.  The Spanish first came here and when silver was discovered Taxco became the main silver export.  The mining ... Read more >


Palenque

MEXICO | Sunday, 1 Jun 2008 | Views [646]

Palenque has some ruins about 20 mins drive from the town centre which are amazing!!  They are in the middle of the forest and are absolutely stunning.  I went this morning when it was still raining (so there werent too many tourists) and was amazed at ... Read more >


Campeche

MEXICO | Saturday, 31 May 2008 | Views [627]

The first Spanish landed on the shores here in the early 1500´s and were allowed to stay temporarily by the Maya leader.  When the Spanish took no notice of this the whole crew were killed.  It wasnt until 20 years later after the Maya leader died and ... Read more >


Merida

MEXICO | Friday, 30 May 2008 | Views [463]

Merida is a Mayan city where people walk slower and there are lots of plazas scattered around.  It is however quite a busy city and the traffic can be quite dangerous sometimes!!  Its easy to find your way around as all the streets are numbered with even ... Read more >


Chichen Itza

MEXICO | Thursday, 29 May 2008 | Views [443]

Chichen Itza is located about 4 hours west of Cancun and are famous ruins.  There is a famous time ruin there.  It has 4 sides with steps and there is a temple on top of that.  The area is extremely touristy and there are people trying to sell you all ... Read more >


Isla Mujeres

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | Views [492]

Isla Mujeres is a 25 minute ferry ride away from Cancun.  The beaches are very beautiful with white sand and with the gorgeous blue sea in the Caribbean.  The only thing is, is that it has caught the Cancun disease and it is very expensive here compared ... Read more >


Tulum, Mexico

MEXICO | Monday, 26 May 2008 | Views [433]

Tulum is absolutely beautiful.  Tulum is on the Caribbean Coast.  Im staying in a hostel in the town which offers a free shuttle bus to the beach which is 3km away.  The beach is like a postcard with very fine white sand and the water is beautiful!!  ... Read more >


Caye Caulker

BELIZE | Saturday, 24 May 2008 | Views [468]

Caye Caulker is a tiny little island about 45 mins by boat from Belize City.  There are no cars here but then you dont really need one as you can walk around the island quite easily.  The streets here are all sand and the houses are mostly built from ... Read more >


Flores

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 22 May 2008 | Views [561]

Flores is one of many little gorgeous little towns on the edge of a lake. There are many cobbled little lanes here off main streets and some of the houses here are very colourful. Today I visited a Maya ancient ruin site called Tekal which is located ... Read more >


Coban

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | Views [578]

Coban is a pretty little city with the cathedral and plaza in the centre (the Spanish liked to do this!!). Today I went on a tour and visited a place called Chimpey which is a group of beautiful lagoons surrounded by rainforest. We did a long walk up ... Read more >


San Pedro and Chichicastenango

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Views [724]

San Pedro is one of the many little towns surrounding Largo de Antitlan (lake Antitlan).  The lake is very big and the scenery is beautiful here.  The countryside in Guatemala is very lush and green.  The indigenous ladies here dress very elegantly in ... Read more >


San Christabel de Las Casas

MEXICO | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [1227]

San Cristabel has cobbled little streets and churches dating back to the 1500´s.  There are many indigenous people here and they often wear the traditional dress.  The women wear very similar clothes and have their hair in plaits very much like the indigenous women ... Read more >


Mazunte

MEXICO | Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | Views [506]

Mazunte is a tiny little coastal town with only about 5 shops.  You walk down a little lane to the beach where there are about 6 different restaurant/bars all of which rent out cabanas (cabins).  Last night I had a cabin for 100 pesos which is about ... Read more >


Puerto Escondido

MEXICO | Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [425]

Puerto Escondido is a beautiful little sleepy beach town.  The weather is really hot here and it is a relief to have a cold shower!!  You cannot walk very far here because of the heat!! The beaches here are beautiful with the white sand!!  What better ... Read more >


Oaxaca

MEXICO | Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [449]

The town of Oaxaca has lots of cobblestone streets and lots of old colonial buildings.  Today I visited Monte Alban (means White Mountain) which are ruins located about 6kms from the city.  It was first occupied  in about 500BC by the Zapotecs.  The ... Read more >


Mexico City

MEXICO | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Views [426]

Mexico City is a huge city of around 22 million people.  Sometimes when you cross the road here you risk your life hehe!!!  So far have been on a tourbus of the city which is well worth it because of the size of Mexico City!!  There are many beautiful ... Read more >


Queretaro

MEXICO | Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [454]

Queretaro is a sleepy little city with lots of cobbled narrow streets and old buildings.  I have visited the Museo de Arte (Art Museum) and Museo de Regional de Queretaro (Regional Museum) which were both very good.  The regional museum had artefacts ... Read more >


San Miguel de Allende

MEXICO | Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Views [470]

San Miguel is another beautiful old city with cobbled streets,old churches and lots of plazas dotted around.  There is a church called Parroquia de San Miguel that is painted pink and with its spires looks like a wedding cake!!  In front of that is a ... Read more >


Guanajaunto

MEXICO | Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | Views [578]

Guanajaunto is a beautiful little city with lots of narrow cobbled streets and has lots of history.  The main roads are in tunnels underneath the main city and there are so many plazas that you are spoilt for choice.  I have visited the museo de las momias ... Read more >


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