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La vida loca! Wished you were there? We did, so here we are on our big adventure! A year in central America, to make sense of this vida loca...

Thoughts on La Vida Loca

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [436]

It was odd and pleasant to get off the plane and be surrounded by familiar accents and environments.  Being away a year certainly gives you fresh eyes on your own country and home.  What struck us most?  Well, San Diego had given us some ... Read more >

Tags: post journey

Final Flurry in San Ignacio and Diego

MEXICO | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [586]

Nice Beach - who put those SUVs there? After another breakfast watching small birds doing their Sisyphean nest-building task (poor things) we got the bus up to San Ignacio some 270km north which is known as a base for seeing the breeding grey ... Read more >

Tags: san diego, san ignacio

Sweeeee! Fleeing the Pox up Baha

MEXICO | Saturday, 13 Nov 2010 | Views [1789]

We were rudely awakened at 6.00 by the ferry horn, telling us it was time to get up, get ready, and get off, as we'd arrived uneventfully in La Paz, at the south-eastern tip of Baha.  Baha is seemingly a different country, not because of the swarms ... Read more >

Tags: diving, la paz, loreto, sea lions isla coronado, swine flu

Bandit Country - Rocks, Pines and Sky down the Copper Canyon

MEXICO | Saturday, 6 Nov 2010 | Views [1957]

On arriving at Chihuahua at some godforsaken time in the morning, we found our way to the train station to get the morning Copper Canyon train up to Creel, high in the Sierra Madre.  Except, there wasn't one, so instead we walked into town (probably ... Read more >

Tags: chihuahua, copper canyon, creel

Road journeys up the Central Spine

MEXICO | Friday, 26 Feb 2010 | Views [1226]

The next journey was up north three hours on the bus to Queretaro through an increasingly dry and desert landscape.  Queretaro was once a centre for opal and silver mining, and it shows in the lovely painted mansions and town houses in the centre.  ... Read more >

Tags: chihuahua, mexico, queretaro, zacatecas

Photos: Baha California

MEXICO | Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: The Copper Canyon

MEXICO | Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Queretaro & Zacatecas

MEXICO | Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Mexico City Madness

MEXICO | Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | Views [2224]

Our journey to Mexico City took us up through scrub woodland and then through endless miles more of upland cactus scrub, grey, white and brown, interspersed by the odd river surrounded by a narrow belt of green.  It once more brought home how alien ... Read more >

Tags: chapultepec, dolores almeda, mexico city, templo major, teotihuacan, xochimilco

Semana Santa in Oaxaca

MEXICO | Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | Views [3603] | Comments [1]

We took the night bus to Oaxaca – an 11 hour journey down into the arid plains and up again into the mountains.  This was our first taste of the massive scale of Mexico – it’s a big country!  It was also our first taste of near ubiquitous cactus desert, ... Read more >

Tags: mitla, monte alban, oaxaca, santa maria del tule, semana santa, teotitlan del valle

Gallery: Mexico - Mexico City

MEXICO | Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Mexico, Oacaxa - Surrounding Valleys

MEXICO | Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Mexico, Oaxaca - Botanical Gardens and Museum of Culture

MEXICO | Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Mexico, Oaxaca

MEXICO | Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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San Cristobal - Anyone up for insurrection?

MEXICO | Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | Views [1622]

After the long drives around rural Chiapas, we were glad to get back to San Cristobal and spend a week or so just bumming around.  There are worse places to bum, and it seemed that quite a few fellow europeans had chosen the same place to hang out ... Read more >

Tags: canon sumidero, chamula, san cristobal, zincantan

Northern Chiapas - Mucho Mas Mayan Metropolises

MEXICO | Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | Views [2041]

We booked a micro bus to take us out of Guatemala.  We suffered a rather large wait for a connecting bus at Quattro Caminos, which caused a rather large Italian fellow traveller to go into an angry tirade with the new bus driver in good Italian fashion.... Read more >

Tags: bonampak, chiapas, lacandon, palenque, yaxchilan

Xela and Volunteering with the Mayan Stove Project

GUATEMALA | Saturday, 4 Apr 2009 | Views [2966]

After surviving our chicken bus challenges (I now see why most tourists travel by private microbus in Guatemala – its still pretty manic, but its this side of hair-raising) we arrived in Quetzaltenango, or Xela (pronounced ´Shela´) in Quiché Mayan.... Read more >

Tags: fuertas georginas, mayan stove project, quetzaltenango, xela

Chicken Bus Challenge

GUATEMALA | Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Views [4903] | Comments [1]

Missing the direct bus from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango (Xela), in the west of the country, we instead got a chicken bus to the junction with the InterAmericana at Los Encuentros. We were ushered onto a chicken bus by the youthful, ... Read more >

Tags: mad guatemalan bus drivers, near death experiences

Lago Atitlan - check out the vibes, man.

GUATEMALA | Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Views [1886]

After surviving Pacaya, we booked a tourist microvan to Panajachel on the shores of Lago Atitlan.  A thankfully uneventful journey, although I did marvel at the way that the Guatamalans appeared to be in the process of blasting away a good proportion ... Read more >

Tags: chichicastenango, lago atitlan, panajachel, san marcos, san pedro

Gallery: Mexico - Chiapas, San Cristobal, Chamula and Cañon Sumidero

MEXICO | Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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