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Trip: The Other Americas

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Hell Bus to Paraguay

PARAGUAY | Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | Views [3585] | Comments [1]

After I decided I was going to try heading through Paraguay, I did some research and got the address for the Paraguay consulate in Santa Cruz.  An extened searcg if the city revealed the office on the first floor of an apartment building.  The security ... Read more >

Tags: asuncion, ciudad del este, encarnacion, paraguay, paraguay consulate, paraguay visa, puerto iguazu, santa cruz, yacyreta

Lethal La Paz and the Death Road

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | Views [1268]

Having spent less than 24 hours in La Paz before Carnaval, I decided to backtrack a bit and give the city another look.  It also helped that Hannah, Tijs, and Bethune from my Salar tour were all heading in that direction anyway.  My cold was still ... Read more >

Tags: bolivia, cochabamba, death road, la paz, mountain biking, santa cruz

The Edge of the Map

BOLIVIA | Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | Views [1260]

After catching the train from Oruro to Uyuni, I arrived with my new friends Bethune and Hannah and we looked for a hostel.   Bethune had caught the nasty flu that was going around and was not terribly coherent.   I found us a place to sleep near ... Read more >

Tags: bad roads, bolivia, la paz, la torre, salar de uyuni, tour, tupiza, uyuni

Another kind of Carnaval

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Views [1000]

Arriving in Oruro on a surprisingly decent bus, I contacted my couchsurfing host, Juan Carlos, from an ancient payphone.  He gave me an address to meet him and I headed off with my backpack. Juan Carlos set me up in a room in the basement and invited ... Read more >

Tags: 2012, bolivia, carnaval, couchsurfing, oruro, parade

Altiplano Llama Sausage

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | Views [748]

As I type, I am sitting in an internet cafe in Oruro, Bolivia.  It is cold as hell, and the altitude is around 3700m, but I think coming here was definitely a great idea. Backing up a bit, I spent most of the last week at Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala.... Read more >

Tags: antigua, bolivia, couchsurfing, guatemala, la paz, lag de atitlan, llama sausage, oruro

Delays and Detours

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | Views [772]

Having been stuck in Copan for 6 days waiting for my eternally delayed DHL package, I am finally out of Honduras and merrily typing away in an Internet cafe in Antigua.  I spent most of the last week sleeping in, reading and drinking beer in Copan as ... Read more >

Tags: antigua, boliva, carnaval, copan, dhl, hedman alas, oruro

Beer and Birds

HONDURAS | Sunday, 29 Jan 2012 | Views [627]

For the last five days, I have been chilling in a wonderful little place called the D & D Brewery, near the Lago de Yojoa.  It is a small microbrewery and accomodation run by an American fellow and has the best beer I have tasted since leaving Canada ... Read more >

Tags: d&d brewery, honduras, lago de yujoa, pulhapanzak


HONDURAS | Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | Views [3215]

Tonight is my last night in Utila and after ten days, I can safely say that this place is up in my top three favorites in the world, along with Karijini National Park in Australia and the Fjordlands of New Zealand.  There are no majestic water falls, ... Read more >

Tags: captain morgans dive center, diving, dolphin, eagle ray, jewel caye, snorkeling, utila, whale shark

Photos: The Other Americas

PARAGUAY | Saturday, 21 Jan 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Into the Blue (and out again)

HONDURAS | Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | Views [601]

My grand plan when I left Copan Ruinas was to catch the 5am bus to San Pedro Sula and then change for another bus to La Ceiba and finally, from there catch the ferry to Utila (the closest and cheapest of the Bay Islands of Honduras).  I thought I would ... Read more >

Tags: captain morgans dive center, jewel caye, padi diving, san padero sula, utila

Mucho Escuela

HONDURAS | Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | Views [462]

Today was my last day of classes at the Guacamaya Spanish School in Copan, Honduras. It may seem silly to say but I had forgotten that school is supposed to be a challenge. I have not taken a language class since ninth grade, taught by a woman ... Read more >

Tags: bay islands, copan ruinas, guacamaya, honduras, spanish school

Hello Honduras

HONDURAS | Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | Views [835]

After a lengthy stay in Rio Dulce, Guatemala, I decided it was time to move on so I tagged along with a Toronto couple to Copan, Honduras.  With border formalities, it took about 8 hours.  Copan is only 10km into Honduras, but I definitely feel a different ... Read more >

Tags: copan, homestay, honduras, iguana azul, ruins, spanish school

The Art of Doing Nothing

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | Views [901]

Geographically speaking, I haven't moved that much from where I was last week, but sometimes I need to hibernate for a few days to catch my breath.  I am currently in Rio Dulce, a small town 30 minutes down-river from Livingston, my port of entry from ... Read more >

Tags: guatemala, hotel kangaroo, relaxing, rio dulce

Caribbean Christmas

BELIZE | Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | Views [538]

Belize is killing my wallet, and my bank account will be happy once I get on the boat to Livingston, Guatemala tomorrow, but I still had a blast these past two weeks.  After I left Caye Caulker, I stayed the night in the town of Dangriga on my way down ... Read more >

Tags: belize, christmas, dangriga, funky dodo, hopkins, placencia, punta gorda, seakunga

Get Out and Push

BELIZE | Sunday, 18 Dec 2011 | Views [661]

I had trouble deciding which direction to head after leaving San Ignacio, but Kenny G had said that Caye Caulker was not to be missed so I jumped on a chicken bus and started east.  Arron and Caro got off in Belmopan but I continued on to Belize City.... Read more >

Tags: belize, caye caulker, sailing

Back to the Commonwealth

BELIZE | Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | Views [545]

On Thursday (I think it was Thursday- I have a hard time keeping track when I am travelling), I left Flores with my Kiwi friends Arron and Caro and we headed for the Guatemala-Belize border.  This was a much less interesting crossing than my last one;... Read more >

Tags: atm cave, belize, central hotel, san ignacio

Mountain High to Jungle Boogie

MEXICO | Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | Views [648]

The last 48 hours have been some of the most interesting of my life, but I better back up a bit.  Last I wrote, I was on a night bus heading west... After the 9 hour bus ride tuned into a 13 hour bus ride, Kia and I arrived in San Cristobal on Thursday ... Read more >

Here Be Pirates

MEXICO | Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | Views [452]

Campeche! I only knew the name from an old video game I had about pirates, but it turns out that it was a rather appropriate association.  The town was quite the target for privateers and the like during the 1600s; so much so that they build a huge wall ... Read more >

Tags: bus, campeche, chetumal, mexico, punta gorda ferry, san cristobal e las casas

Zocola and German Engineering Part 2

MEXICO | Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | Views [869]

So where was I?  Right, so Kia and I met a German named Andi in the hostel and we hatched a plan to check out some mayan ruins along the Ruta Puuc via car rental since the bus route was bit of a pain in the ass.  We ended up with a blue VW beatle because ... Read more >

Tags: beatle, car rental, grutas de loltun, laptop, merida, ruta puuc, theft, volkswagon

Zocola and German Engineering

MEXICO | Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | Views [521]

Ahh, Merida.  The main transportation hub of the western Yucatan, I had high hopes for the place.  The bus dropped me off way in the south, and I had no idea where I was, so I wandered for about an hour before I found the travellers salvation, the ... Read more >

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