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Travel Adventure - Backpacking Latin America's Gringo Trail Backpacking Latin America starting in Cuba, then travelling from East to the west coast of Mexico before making our through Central and finishing in South America.

Trip: Latin America - Gringo Trail

There are [60] stories from my trip: Latin America - Gringo Trail


Granada and Laguna Apoyo

NICARAGUA | Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | Views [270]

The shuttle from Leon to Granada only took 3 hours and it felt like we were there in a flash! We checked in to Backyard Hostel where Guido and Steph are also staying. They are doing the opposite trip to us and we planned to meet up when we crossed paths ... Read more >

Tags: friends, granada, kayak, lagoon, laguna apoyo, pontoon, relax, wildlife


Volcano boarding in Leon

NICARAGUA | Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | Views [311]

It ended up being a 12 hour bus ride instead of 10 from El Tunco. Had to pass through 2 borders - Honduras and Nicaragua and it took 2 hours waiting at one of them, not sure why it took so long, at lest we could get out and stretch our legs. We would ... Read more >

Tags: bees, french bakery, volcano, volcano boarding


Photos: Nicaragua

NICARAGUA | Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Semuc Champey - underground caves and river tubing / El Tunco, El Salvador - detour to a small surf town

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | Views [721]

Matt and I were getting the  8am  shuttle the next morning to Semuc Champey, still not feeling the best. It ended up being a 10 hour ride and our shuttle was jam packed with people and seats were so uncomfortable. We were right behind the driver ... Read more >

Tags: candlelight, caving, eco lodge, natural rock pools, river, tubing, underground, war paint, water slides


Antigua and hiking Volcano Acatanango

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | Views [622]

Even though it was only 4 hours from Lake Atitlan to Antigua the shuttle ride made it feel worse than a 15 hour bus ride. It was a little shuttle and I was on a small, hard fold out seat at the very front in between the driver and passenger seat. Extremely ... Read more >

Tags: antigua, camping, eruption, hike, lava, mountain, volcano


Lake Atitlan - kayaking the lake and climbing Indian's Nose

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | Views [570] | Comments [1]

Finished my first book - Wild (new movie starring Reese Witherspoon) about a girl hiking the PCT in America and 'finding herself' after her mum dIt's. Really good read and quite fitting to the travels I am on. Quite a profound ending and the message ... Read more >

Tags: hike, indians nose, kayaking, lake, mountain, sunrise, volcano


Photos: Guatemala

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | Photo Gallery


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San Cristobal - our final destination in Mexico

MEXICO | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | Views [464]

We came to San Cristobal last as it was apparently the main gateway to continue our travels south to Guatemala. When we asked our hostel reception about buses to Flores to visit one of the best ruins in the world - Tikal we were advised they don't leave ... Read more >

Tags: churches, guatemala, hot chocolate, markets, san cristobal, shops, streets, tacos


Puerto Escondido - surf, yoga, hammocks and sunsets

MEXICO | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | Views [604]

We survived the bus ride from hell! Apparently the road from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido is supposed to be one of the worst. It was very windey (how the hell do you spell that word? Haha) but not as bad as I imagined it to be. We checked in to our hostel ... Read more >

Tags: beach, cabanas, hammocks, la punta, stand up paddle boarding, sunsets, surf, yoga, zicatela


Oaxaca - mountainous surrounds, mole and mezcal

MEXICO | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | Views [503]

Cactus lined mountains appeared as the sun rose and eased the lack of sleep from the overnight bus ride.  We checked in to our hostel and had to wait a little bit for our rooms to be ready coz we arrived early. Another cool budget traveller ... Read more >

Tags: hot chocolate, mexico, mezcal, mole, mountains, oaxaca, streets, tapestry, tequila, tour


Merida and sleeping in the jungle in Palenque

MEXICO | Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | Views [943]

Merida  We checked in to our hostel in Merida which was a lot bigger than the one in Tulum. Very spacious, a large swimming pool, in a central location, the staff were very helpful and we had our own private room in this one for $30 for the ... Read more >

Tags: howler monkeys, jungle, markets, merida, mexico, palenque, ruins, waterfall


Cenotes, ruins by the beach and hippy vibes in Tulum

MEXICO | Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | Views [421]

As soon as we arrived in Tulum, I breathed in deeply. It was a relief and I could tell I liked this place already! It had a real laid back, hippy vibe about the town and quite a few tourists/hippy travellers. We arrived in the morning and checked in ... Read more >

Tags: beach, bikes, cenote, hippy, mexico, ruins, seaweed, tulum


Flight from hell before the hostel from hell - Cancun stopover

MEXICO | Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | Views [347]

I'm not the greatest on planes, usually slightly nervous before boarding and in the air but this flight I had reason to. It was an hour flight from Havana to Cancun and it ended up taking double that time. I like to have the window seat so I can see ... Read more >

Tags: dodgy, flight, flying, hostel, lightning, scared, storm, travel


Photos: Mexico

MEXICO | Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Cuba

CUBA | Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Varadero

CUBA | Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [378] | Comments [1]

We shared a taxi again with our Irish friends to Varadero. We had another incident with the cab drivers who tried to charge us $130 CUC when it should have been $90 all up as he agreed on 45CUC for both Matt and I the day before. Luckily we had the slip ... Read more >

Tags: 1950s american cars, beach, caribbean, cuba, resorts, sea, swimming, varadero


Touring the tobacco farms of Vinales and 'the taxi ride from hell' to Trinidad

CUBA | Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [373]

  Vinales The man was holding up a piece of paper with our names Sheree, Matthew James, Australia  written on it when we pulled up to the bus stop. We walked along the neighbourhood to the house where Kary welcomed us. We were now used ... Read more >

Tags: casa, cigars, countryside, cuba, farms, fruit, taxis, tobacco, trinidad, vinales


Mojitos and cigars in Havana

CUBA | Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [443]

We passed through grey clouds as we descended in to Havana and it was raining as we arrived. This wasn't a surprise as it is now their wet season which is very humid and rains/storms in the afternoon. We had not booked accommodation for Havana but were ... Read more >

Tags: buildings, cars, castro, che, cigars, cuba, havana, malecon, mojitos, music


Stopover in Mexico City

MEXICO | Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | Views [377]

We arrived in Mexico City after over 24hrs flying from leaving Sydney and no sleep. Getting off the plane I was pretty keen to get straight to our hostel. Without knowing much Spanish or where we were going we decided to pay a little extra for a cab ... Read more >

Tags: art, busy, city, frida, mexico, mexicocity, tacos


Photos: Mexico City

MEXICO | Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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