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Copan – Mayan Ruins & Macaws in Honduras

Copan – Mayan Ruins & Macaws in Honduras

Copan Ruinas, or Copán as its more commonly known, is a small, pretty town in Honduras close to the Guatemala border.  It is on the tourist map due to the Mayan archaeological site 1km from the centre of town.  As a first impression, it made me want to explore more of Honduras, one of the countries in Central America where few people seem to visit.  Read on to find out more about Honduras, and Copan Ruinas. Find accommodation in Copan on…

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Studying Spanish in Costa Rica for One Week

Studying Spanish in Costa Rica for One Week

Taking Spanish classes while you travel is a great way to learn Spanish, increase your confidence, and help you to speak with the locals.  As I studied Spanish at University, I didn’t need to take any additional classes, I just try to talk in Spanish as much as I can!  However, as most of you aren’t that lucky, I asked fellow travel blogger Tasha from Backpacker’s Wanderlust to write about her experiences learning Spanish in Costa Rica.  She spent one…

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Orange Walk Belize – Start Your Belize Adventure Here!

Orange Walk Belize – Start Your Belize Adventure Here!

If you are wondering where Belize is located, it is a relatively small country, nestled to the South of the Yucatan region in Mexico, and to the East of Guatemala.  The only official English-speaking country in Central America, I was intrigued to see how Belize differed from its Spanish speaking neighbours.  Travelling South from Mexico, past Corozal, Orange Walk is a small town but worth a short visit.  In a couple of days you can explore Orange Walk town and…

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Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

I am attempting to take part in a cooking class in every country I visit.  I have so far only managed a cooking class in Mexico City, Barcelona and La Paz in Bolivia, so I wanted to do a cooking class in Antigua Guatemala.  I had no idea what Guatemalan food was like.  Tortillas, of course, and frijoles (black beans) and plantains.  But aside from that, I had no clue, so I wanted to learn more about typical Guatemalan dishes….

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Horse-riding to Xunantunich with Hannah Stables

Horse-riding to Xunantunich with Hannah Stables

San Ignacio in Belize, close to the border with Guatemala, has plenty of things to do, from exploring caves with Mayan skeletons, to tubing, swimming and eating delicious street food!  One of my favourite activities in San Ignacio was horse riding to Xunantunich. Xunantunich, also known as the Mayan ruins that no-one can pronounce, are actually closer to the Belize-Guatemala border than San Ignacio, near the town of Benque.  It is easy to reach by public transport from San Ignacio,…

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Tikal Sunrise: Sleep in a hammock and hear the jungle come to life!

Tikal Sunrise: Sleep in a hammock and hear the jungle come to life!

Tikal in Guatemala is the most impressive Maya site I have seen so far, compared to others like Lamanai in Belize for example.  It comes close to Machu Picchu in grandeur, although sadly there is no viewpoint to overlook Tikal, partly because it is surrounded by jungle!  This vast Maya site is actually closer to Belize City than most popular destinations in Guatemala, like Antigua and Lake Atitlan, so it makes sense to visit Tikal on your way to or…

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Semuc Champey Tour or Visit Independently?

Semuc Champey Tour or Visit Independently?

Semuc Champey is one of the highlights of most backpackers’ visit to Guatemala.  Beautiful turquoise pools amid the lush Guatemalan jungle certainly is a sight to behold.  However, a 2-day detour between Antigua and Flores, if you are on a tight schedule, think very carefully if you have time to fit in this little slice of paradise.  Once you have decided to go, the next decision is whether to take a Semuc Champey tour, or to visit independently. How to…

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ATM Cave Tour in Belize with Carlos the Caveman

ATM Cave Tour in Belize with Carlos the Caveman

It was pitch black.  I closed my eyes, then opened them again.  It made no difference, I still couldn’t see anything.  The only sound was the dripping of water, and my nervous breath.  Then a voice rang out in the cave…… The ATM cave tour in Belize was an experience like no other.  The caves themselves are spectacular, and to be able to see Mayan artefacts just millimetres away was truly unique.  I joined Carlos the Caveman on a guided tour of…

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Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize

Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize

One of the first activities I did in Belize was a tour to Lamanai from Orange Walk.   These are Mayan ruins in the heart of northern Belize, known for impressive architecture and incredible setting on the edge of the New River Lagoon.  Usually accessed by a boat tour, I was excited to get my first real taste of Belize! Book accommodation in Orange Walk, Belize on booking.com or hostelworld.com I arranged a tour through Casa Ricky where I was staying,…

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