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Day 46 - Lake Antitlan - San Pedro & San Marco La Laguna

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Views [1389]

We left early from Xela and arrived in Panajchel by bus before getting a boat to San Pedro La Laguna. We settled into our hotel - a little way back from the main stretch, good views, hammocks & less than $3 a night! After a tasty lunch of tacos ... Read more >

Day 45 - Xela

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Views [198]

Today we did a lot of travel and life admin sitting on rooftop balconies in the sun having coffee or tucked up in funky cafés enjoying amazing smoothies with fresh fruit for a pittance! We sampled some traditional Mayan food for lunch, although ... Read more >

Photos: Guatemala

GUATEMALA | Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Photo Gallery

Volcanoes, Lakes, chicken buses & more!
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Day 44 - Volcan Tajumulco

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | Views [509]

To celebrate Lindy's Birthday & to conquer the highest point in Central America we set out before 5am on the journey to trek Guatamala's Volcan Tajumulco. At a height of 4,220m the Volcano last erupted around 200 years ago & is a steep uphill ... Read more >

Day 43 - Guatemala

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | Views [182]

Today was another long transit day with three buses and road border crossings into Guatemala from Mexico. We made it safe & sound to the quiet mountain transit town of Quetzaltenango or Xela as the locals call it. Whilst the road trip was a ... Read more >

Day 42 - Jewellery School

MEXICO | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | Views [207]

Today we were at Jewellery School with Arturo & a few Italian jewellery students for a good 6-8 hours. All of us were crammed into a small workshop behind Arturo's shop - Joyeria Maria De Jesus at the top end of the city in San Cristobal. We ... Read more >

Day 41 - San Cristobal

MEXICO | Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | Views [173]

Arriving early in San Cristobal grateful to be off that horrendous bus we found nobody was quite awake yet at our hostel. It was before 8am & well it's Mexico- not much happens before 9.30 so we were at least able to dump our bags & wander around ... Read more >

Day 39 - Oaxaca

MEXICO | Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | Views [194]

Started the day with a run - hardly doing much to counter all the tasty food & Oaxacan hot chocolates I've been having but it was something right? We met Jodie for breakfast Tamales & hot chocolates at a local food market & then went on ... Read more >

Day 40 - Monte Alban

MEXICO | Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | Views [186]

We set out early for another run & then headed to Monte Alban to see the ruins of the largest pre-Hispanic city in Oaxaca. It was incredible walking around the ruins which were only as recently as 1987 declared a World Heritage site. Monte ... Read more >

Day 38 - Oaxaca, Teotitlan & Santo Domingo Tomaltepec

MEXICO | Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [231]

Lindy & I seem to have scored the squeakiest bunks in our mixed dorm room & were both up super early. We decided to do our own morning walking tour before breakfast and scope out more of the city. We discovered some amazing street art &... Read more >

Day 37 - Oaxaca

MEXICO | Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | Views [220]

After a nice dinner with Claire last night & another friend Andrew we said goodbye to our very comfortable second home in Mexico City & started our journey to Oaxaca. Apart from Lindy's near death experience at the bus station* we made it ... Read more >

Day 35 & 36 - Mexico City

MEXICO | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | Views [205]

We cabbed from Vinales back to Havana & then flew back into Mexico City to catch up with Claire, clear the email backlog, wash our clothes & get ready to keep moving.  Life admin complete & slighlty scarred by our experience with ... Read more >

Photos: Cuba

CUBA | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | Photo Gallery

Challenging & Charming
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Day 34 - Vinales

CUBA | Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | Views [432]

I don't think I will ever get tired of drinking out of coconuts- water or cocktails- it just makes everything seem more exciting. I spent the morning poolside at hotel La Ermita - not a great pool but a stunning vista of the moments & a great ... Read more >

Day 33 - Vinales

CUBA | Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | Views [290]

Sitting on the porch of our Casa - Dany y Carlos in Vinales watching the lightening & rain while thunder roars overhead. It's cooling down as the day draws to an end. Today we hired bikes & cycled around Vinales. We met an American girl called ... Read more >

Day 31 & 32 - Baracoa to Vinales

CUBA | Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | Views [338]

Friday, Friday night & Saturday we spent in transit as we pretty much travelled to the other end of Cuba. We bussed from Baracoa to Santiago then to Havana & then to Vinales. Apart from reading two books,sleeping in the most awkward positions ... Read more >

Day 30 - Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt

CUBA | Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | Views [437]

Another awesome breakfast at what I'm going to say is one of the nicest little Casa's in Cuba. We got a small group together to get a good price on a tour to the Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt - about an hour & a half northwest of Baracoa.... Read more >

Day 29 - Parque Natural Majayara

CUBA | Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | Views [638]

The day started with an amazing breakfast of tropical fruits - some of which I had never heard of or seen before. The fruit was accompanied with traditional cacao, fresh squeezed juice & tortilla natural. Amazing! This was perfect fuel to set ... Read more >

Day 28 - Baracoa

CUBA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | Views [327]

We got the early bus from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa & were at the bus station before 7 with our Korean friend from our casa & our Dutch travel buddy Ilona. Baracoa lured us in with the promise of nice beaches, cacao, spicy food & good hiking ... Read more >

Day 27 - Playa Cazumel

CUBA | Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | Views [352]

Decided to try a second beach excursion knowing it would probably not live up to our expectations of a 'nice beach'. We heard that despite still damaged from the cyclone a few beaches near Bacanoa out of Santiago were ok so we headed to Playa Cazumel.... Read more >

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