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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 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 got the chance…

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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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Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek Colombia

Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek Colombia

The trek to La Ciudad Perdida or Lost City trek in Colombia is a challenging but fascinating journey that I highly recommend.  Trekking through the Colombian jungle for 4 or 5 days is beautiful, sometimes strenuous, always sweaty and at times very wet!  See how I got on when I did the Lost City Trek: READ MORE: WHAT TO PACK FOR THE LOST CITY TREK The Best Company for the Lost City Trek to Ciudad Perdida Several different companies have…

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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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Ziplining in Mindo, Ecuador

Ziplining in Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is a beautiful little town, a couple of hours’ bus ride from Quito.  If you are looking to escape from the city and get back to nature, Mindo is definitely the place for that.  However, don’t expect Mindo to be boring.  There is plenty to do here, not least a ziplining adventure!   I’m not really into extreme sports, but every now and again I feel the urge to do something crazy!  Perfect for adrenaline junkies or those simply…

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My Brush With Death on The World’s Most Dangerous Road

My Brush With Death on The World’s Most Dangerous Road

The first time I went to La Paz I didn’t want to bike down the world’s most dangerous road.  I mean, who would want to ride down “Death Road”?!  The second time I went I still didn’t want to do it, but for some reason I thought it would be character building or some crap like that. Find accommodation in La Paz on Booking.com or Hostelworld Besides, the North Yungas Road, to give it its real name, is no longer the…

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