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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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Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.  Blue water, volcanoes, and indigenous Maya villages dotted around the lake make for a peaceful and fascinating stay!  Just two and a half hours from Antigua, Lake Atitlán is a highlight of any trip to Guatemala, alongside Antigua, Tikal, and Semuc Champey. About Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán was formed inside an enormous volcano, which erupted 84,000 years ago.  The lake is now overlooked by three smaller volcanoes…

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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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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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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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