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Why Diving in Utila is the Best in the World

Why Diving in Utila is the Best in the World

Utila is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.  You may not have heard of this little island off the coast of Honduras, but if you want to learn to dive, or to dive in in one of the best locations for scuba diving, you had better learn more about Utila!  I took my PADI diving course in Utila, and here’s why I think diving in Utila is the best in the world : READ MORE:…

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Cuna Maya Hotel – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Cuna Maya Hotel – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas was my first stop in Honduras.  Just across the border with Guatemala, it was a shame not to visit another country on my way past.  I didn’t expect to stay in Honduras long, but I quickly saw that there was more to Honduras than the media may tell you.  Forget the warnings about safety in Honduras, Copan was one of the safest places I visited in Central America!  When looking for where to stay in Copan Honduras, I…

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Ometepe Island Nicaragua – The Ultimate Travel Guide

Ometepe Island Nicaragua – The Ultimate Travel Guide

I haven’t yet been to Nicaragua, so I asked the lovely Casey Colesworth from A Wandering Foreigner to share her love for Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. It sounds like an amazing experience, and is definitely on my list for when I do get to visit!  Here is Casey’s Ultimate Travel Guide to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua: It’s no secret I love Nicaragua. When I first visited the country, I thought I’d be there for three weeks. Since then, I’ve spent a…

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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 in Guatemala

Semuc Champey Tour in Guatemala

Semuc Champey Guatemala  is one of the highlights of most backpackers’ visit to Central America.  Beautiful turquoise pools amid the lush Guatemalan jungle certainly is a sight to behold.  However, a 2-day detour between Antigua and Flores in northern Guatemala, 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…

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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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