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Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

The Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are truly incredible.  One of the highlights of my time in South America as a whole, and an experience not to be missed in Bolivia.  Actually, the first time I went to Bolivia, I decided to skip el Salar de Uyuni.  That was a mistake, although I still had a great time exploring Sucre, Samaipata & La Paz!  Luckily, I had the time, and the flexibility to be able to return to Bolivia later…

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Taste Belize Food Tours: The Best of Belize Culture

Taste Belize Food Tours: The Best of Belize Culture

As you may know, I love food.  I love food experiences, from cooking classes in Guatemala, to food tours in Mexico, and of course eating everything I can!  On my travels, I try to learn as much as I can about the local cuisine, which is an integral part of the culture in any country.  Through food, you can understand traditions, how each group of people developed their own methods of cooking with local ingredients, and how the culture changes…

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Scuba Diving in Honduras with Utila Dive Center

Scuba Diving in Honduras with Utila Dive Center

Originally, I wasn’t planning to go to Honduras at all, but I am so glad I did!  I just had a glimpse of this beautiful country, exploring Mayan Ruins, snorkelling in crystal clear waters, and learning to dive in Utila.  I decided to take my PADI Openwater dive course with Utila Dive Center, and had a great time (most of the time!).  Read on to see how I got on diving in Utila, and if I managed to get my…

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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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Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

Did you know there are hobbits in Guatemala?  Well, hobbit holes at least.  Rather like Hobbiton in The Shire of New Zealand, Lord of the Rings fans can now visit Middle Earth in Guatemala.  Set high in the hills above Antigua, Hobbitenango is an eco-friendly hotel and restaurant with spectacular views of the volcanoes across the valley.  I love hunting out unique accommodations where I travel, from glamping in Bolivia to hammocks in Tikal, so I was thrilled when I…

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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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A Favela Tour in Rio – Interesting but Intrusive?

A Favela Tour in Rio – Interesting but Intrusive?

Rio is (in)famous for its maze-like favelas which surround the city, climbing high onto the hills overlooking the bay.  Previously very dangerous and no-go areas for tourists, in recent years the police have made a concerted effort to pacify the favelas, meaning that tours around these fascinating places are now possible.  However, if you decide to take a favela tour in Rio there are several things to consider before you sign up. Need somewhere to stay in Rio?  Check prices…

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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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Conquering Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

Conquering Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

When Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the Lost World, he based his story on Roraima, one of Venezuela’s tallest Tepuy mountains.  Perched on the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, the majestic flat-topped mountain rises from the horizon.  The trek to Roraima was beautiful, difficult, hot, brutal, and in parts, downright terrifying! Before travelling to Venezuela, please also read “Is Venezuela Safe to Visit” Roraima isn’t the most accessible place you will ever go.  Located in one of the most…

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