Another chicken bus ride and i arrived in David, where i hoped to find a coach to take me to Panama City. At this stage, i was extremely lucky to find another guy from Brisbane whom was trying to do the same thing as me. In fact, we had even identified the same hostel to […]
After a quick squiz on the internet I managed to pick one of the more random hostels i have stayed at. I arrived in Boquete after a four hour bus trip, jumped into a taxi, and told him to take me to Hostel Spanish By The River. It should have been a sign when he […]
I was a bit worried about crossing the border into Panama on my own, as my Spanish isn’t great but everything worked out fine! You can’t enter Panama unless you have an exit flight booked. Luckily, I had printed out my flight details from Panama City to Paris, so they were happy with that! Bocas […]
The choice to visit Puerto Viejo turned out to be a good one, but the public bus trip there was not! Unfortunately the normal route was closed due to a mud slide, which meant our four hour journey turned into about eight! We only found out about the road closure at the bus terminal, and […]
San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica, where you can stay in more fancy hotels or do some shopping. There was a lot more hustle and bustle, and the area we were staying in changed dramatically from day to night. I would definitely have felt a bit unsafe if i were walking alone […]
We arrived at midday, and boy was it hot! We did a quick walk around as a group and our guide helped us identify the good eating and drinking spots around town. We also visited a few tourist centres to get an idea of what we could do in La Fortuna. It is situated right […]
Enter Costa Rica, and immediately you are transported into a country with spectacular mountainous landscapes. They have two seasons; wet and dry! We are at the beginning of the wet season, and everything is lush and green. The wildlife here is amazing, and has the perfect eco system for monkeys, frogs, sloths, toucans and the […]
Lake Nicaragua is massive, i think maybe the 19th largest fresh water lake in the world? Ometepe Island is about a one hour ferry ride from the mainland. It has about 40,000 people living there, and is heavily reliant on the tourism generated by its two massive volcanoes – as well as the associated agriculture […]
After a full day of travelling, we stopped over in a small town called Comayagua. Unfortunately i thought this stop was in Nicaragua, but no – we were still in Honduras! Good thing i made sure to spend all of my Lempiras the day before!! Doh!
A long bus trip followed by a ferry, and we arrived at the beautiful island of Roatan! I was devastated to hear that our entire stay was going to be rainy and overcast, but i went to bed with my fingers and toes crossed!
After arriving at the border of Guatemala and Honduras, it became apparent that the hat challenge was nearly over! A photograph was compulsory, and we needed to remove our hats to do so. I managed to be last in line, and i thought i had it in the bag until Joe started using some ridiculous […]
After arriving back in Antigua around midday the following day, I was keen to explore at least one of the nearby volcanos. Everyone in the group was feeling really sore from yesterday’s hike, so it was just Leena and I. Given the weather, the best time to go was in the morning so we booked […]
After leaving our family early in the morning, we checked into a hotel in Panajachel. This was our chance to explore the beautiful Lake Atitlan! I would have to describe this area as one of the most picturesque i have ever seen. The town looked over the lake toward more volcanos, which were all dormant. […]
Today we left Antigua for San Pedro La Laguna. On the way we stopped at the Chichicastenango markets, arguably the biggest and best market in Guatemala, sitting at over 2,200m above sea level. The locals have been trading here for hundreds of years and there was something for everyone.
After a drive through Guatemala city, the region’s most dangerous area, we arrived in Antigua. Wow, this place is just full of character! It is an old colonial city with plenty of Spanish influence and architecture. There are churches, markets, and it is surrounded by three volcanoes. We are only doing an overnight stop here […]