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The Best Hostels in Semuc Champey Guatemala

The Best Hostels in Semuc Champey Guatemala

Semuc Champey in Guatemala is a special place.  Limestone rock pools cascade through a canyon in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, surrounded by lush green.  Semuc is in the middle of nowhere, at least an 8-hour journey from Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala City, or Flores, so it isn’t possible to visit Semuc Champey on a day trip.  You need to stay at least two nights here, to allow for a day’s travel, sleep overnight at Semuc Champey or nearby Lanquín,…

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Backpacking Guatemala Travel Guide

Backpacking Guatemala Travel Guide

Guatemala is a special place.  Torn apart by civil war from 1960 to 1996, Guatemala is slowly recovering, and is now becoming a must-visit destination in Central America.  Backpacking in Guatemala will reward you with incredible scenery and natural wonders, from volcanoes to limestone pools and huge lakes, strong indigenous cultures and colourful clothes, delicious food and a warm welcome.  I have brought together all my Guatemala travel tips for you in this epic backpacking Guatemala guide, including a handy…

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The Acatenango Volcano Hike to see Fuego in Guatemala

The Acatenango Volcano Hike to see Fuego in Guatemala

I met Roman in Antigua Guatemala, when I was there last year.  I had asked him to write this article about the Acatenango hike before the fatal eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala on June 3rd 2018.  I thought long and hard about whether to publish it at all after so many people lost their lives, homes and loved ones.  However, tours to do the Acatenango Volcano hike are running again, so hiking Acatenango responsibly and donating some of your…

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What to do in Antigua Guatemala – The Ultimate Antigua City Guide

What to do in Antigua Guatemala – The Ultimate Antigua City Guide

Why visit Antigua Guatemala?  The jewel in Guatemala’s colonial crown, Antigua manages to combine indigenous Mayan culture with colourful architecture, magnificent crumbling churches, fiery volcanoes and a steady stream of tourists & expats in one gloriously beautiful package.  However, with so much on offer it can be hard to know what to do in Antigua Guatemala, so I’ve picked out the best things to do in Antigua Guatemala for you.  I’ve also included sections on where to stay in Antigua, the…

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Things to do in San Ignacio Belize (Without a Tour Guide!)

Things to do in San Ignacio Belize (Without a Tour Guide!)

Unfortunately, Belize is one of the most expensive countries to visit in Central America, probably due to it being an ex-British colony, and popular with American and Canadian expats and visitors which has helped to push up prices.  Popular destinations like Caye Caulker and San Ignacio are prime examples of how expensive tours can be, but if you are backpacking Belize on a budget, then don’t worry – there are still plenty of activities to see and do close to…

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Hiking A Live Volcano in Antigua Guatemala

Hiking A Live Volcano in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is a gorgeous town, filled with beautiful buildings and indigenous culture, and surrounded by volcanoes.  Agua Volcano towers about the town, Fuego Volcano spews smoke and lava, Acatenango is a tough hike with glorious views of Fuego, and Pacaya Volcano is still live but a gentler hike.  I was in two minds about whether to hike the Acatenango volcano in Antigua, as I have never been a lover of hiking, but so often the destination makes the hike…

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Top Things to do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Top Things to do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America I still haven’t made it to.  It is definitely on my list, for the incredible nature, volcanoes, beaches and friendly people – I can’t wait to visit Nicaragua!  In the meantime though, I asked Daniela from The Lost Romanian to share her tips and recommendations for the best things to do in San Juan del Sur, one of the most popular destinations for backpackers in Nicaragua.  Here are her top activities…

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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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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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