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How to Get the Yellow Fever Vaccine in Panama

How to Get the Yellow Fever Vaccine in Panama

Step by step instructions to help you get the yellow fever vaccine in Panama City. Finding your way to the clinic is easy once you know where it is. The centre is open from 8am to 3:45pm with a break for lunch.

Luxury Trips To Costa Rica

Luxury Trips To Costa Rica

If you’re looking for luxury accommodation with the jungle, beach and volcanoes on your back door, then Costa Rica is a perfect destination. Maybe you’re planning a honeymoon, destination wedding or just need some special time away, a splurge on a trip to Costa Rica will open up the best of Costa Rica luxury homes, villas and resorts. The following guide gives you all the information you need to plan the perfect luxury vacation without the need of a travel agent.

A Day Trip To Semuc Champey

A Day Trip To Semuc Champey

If you’re up for a 6 hour bumpy ride into the middle of the Guatemalan jungle then I would suggest staying in Lanquin for 2 or 3 days, relaxing poolside at Zephyr Lodge and doing a day trip to Semuc Champey. The highlight of my time in Lanquin was visiting the Kam’ba cave system during the Semuc Champey day trip and putting on my Indiana Jones hat for a couple of hours. It was so much fun and months later I have not been able to stop talking about.

Indian's Nose - Lake Atitlan

Indian's Nose - Lake Atitlan

The Indian’s Nose viewpoint sits at at 2,863 meters looking over the pueblos of San Pedro, Santa Clara and San Marcos. Its name comes from the fact the profile of the mountain looks like a sleeping Indian with the viewpoint as its nose. The hike is 1.5 to 2 hours of a very steep climb. Definietly worth it though!

Tulum Ruins, Mexico

Tulum Ruins, Mexico

Tulum is located on Mexico's Caribbean Coast just south of Playa Del Carmen. It can be considered the "green resort" town because you can still find many luxury resorts and stylish beach clubs but there's also a growing number of eco style hotels and beach cabins available.

Right outside of town there is a small set of Mayan ruins known for its picture perfect setting on the beach. The Tulum Ruins are the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza.

San Fernando Fort, Omoa

San Fernando Fort, Omoa

Omoa, Honduras is small town on the Caribbean Coast, a short trip from San Pedro Sula. Omoa used to be the main Caribbean port of Honduras until the mid 19th century. Now it is a very laid back beach town where you can be one of the only tourists in sight. As you can see, I had the whole place to myself!

One of the main reasons to visit is to see the historical 18th century San Fernando Fort. It's also a great stop over on the way to or from the Guatemala Border.

Tikal - A Photo Essay

Tikal - A Photo Essay

A gallery of images from Tikal, one of the Mayan Cities in Guatemala dated over 1000 years ago during the Classic Period. I was lucky enough to spot monkeys and also witness the sunset from one of the tallest pyramids.

Laguna Bacalar - The Lagoon of 7 Colours

Laguna Bacalar - The Lagoon of 7 Colours

The town of Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar itself are popular amongst budget travelers and backpackers but due to its remote location and importantly, the distance from Cancun Airport, it’s one of the least touristy places you can visit this close to the Caribbean Coast of Mexico.

I visited Bacalar on a two week trip with my family with a goal to show them what I love about Mexico away from the margaritas and novelty sombreros of the Mexican Riviera. Although there’s nothing wrong with those things, I really wanted to show them another side of Mexico.

Somoto Canyon

Somoto Canyon

The Somoto Canyon is one of oldest rock formations in Central America and has become one of the main attractions of Northern Nicaragua. The canyon is located fifteen minutes west of the city of Somoto and is also called "the structure" or “Namancambre” by locals.

Top 15 Places to Visit in Central America and Mexico

Top 15 Places to Visit in Central America and Mexico

During the month of September I will be blogging about my favourite sites to visit in Mexico and Central America. There are way more than 30 awesome places to visit but I’ve tried my best to narrow the list down to my Top 30.

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday

If you’re like 99% of the population then you probably have a day job and if you’re anything like me, by Wednesday you’re ready to chuck it all in and head for the hills. Forget the kids, who cares about the mortgage, let's move to the Caribbean!

Wandering Wednesday is my gift to you on this, the humpiest of all days, where you can take 20 minutes out of your day and read all the best travel stories the internet has to offer.

Laguna De Apoyo - The Resort For Budget Travelers

Laguna De Apoyo - The Resort For Budget Travelers

Laguna de Apoyo is a crater lake said to be the result of Volcano Apoyo imploding on itself over 20,000 years ago. It is 48 square kilometres and the deepest point has been measured at 200 metres. It gets deep very quickly but is naturally warm and filled with volcano mineraly goodness. Like many beaches in Central America, the lake has a black sand beach.

That Time When I Stayed In A Party Hostel And Went To Sunday Funday

That Time When I Stayed In A Party Hostel And Went To Sunday Funday

I like to have a good time but I also love to be in bed by 10pm. Usually. I had been hearing about Sunday Funday since Panama City and knew it was a pretty big deal. While staying at a backpacker resort in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, I met a lovely lady who invited me to her 30th birthday party that was happening in San Juan Del Sur. It was to be on a Friday night, followed by a weekend of festivities with the big event on Sunday at Sunday Funday.

Top Things To Do In Oaxaca City, Mexico

Top Things To Do In Oaxaca City, Mexico

Oaxaca City has the perfect combination of Mexican culture and modern amenities. Check out this list for some inspiration when spending some time in Oaxaca including the "petrified waterfalls", Zapotec ruins and worm salt!

Festival Life In Oaxaca, Mexico

Festival Life In Oaxaca, Mexico

There is a lot to see and do in Oaxaca and my favourite part of the city is its lively cultural calendar. There was always something on and Oaxaceños love any excuse to party. 

Mazunte - A Pacific Paradise

Mazunte - A Pacific Paradise

Of all the beaches I’ve been to on the Pacific coast, Mazunte is definitely my favourite. During the day there are huge pelicans diving for fish and beautiful hummingbirds flitting around. Everyone seems to respect the peace and there is rarely any loud music blaring, at the most you might hear the strains of a guitar or drumming.

A Traveler's Guide to the Corn Islands, Nicaragua

A Traveler's Guide to the Corn Islands, Nicaragua

The Corn Islands in Nicaragua are a special place to visit. I wasn’t sure which I would like best so I spilt my two weeks between the two islands evenly. I actually enjoyed my time on both islands and would recommend either but here are some of my observations between the two which might help you choose where to spend your time.

Travel Guide to Quirigua, Guatemala

Travel Guide to Quirigua, Guatemala

The ruins at Quirigua are smaller than some of the better known ruins in the region, like Copan in Honduras and Tikal in Guatemala but still worth at least a couple of hours as stop over if you’re heading between the Rio Dulce/ Livingston area and Antigua or Guatemala City. 

Why You Should Give Livingston A Chance

Why You Should Give Livingston A Chance

Livingston is a small town with several places to explore, including the Siete Altares. The best part for me was just wandering around town, chatting to the local people and experiencing life in this very different part of Guatemala.