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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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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, including what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Ometepe: It’s no secret I love Nicaragua. When I first visited the country,…

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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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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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Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

I am attempting to take part in a cooking class in every country I visit.  I have so far only managed a cooking class in Mexico City, Barcelona and La Paz in Bolivia, so I wanted to do a cooking class in Antigua Guatemala.  I had no idea what Guatemalan food was like.  Tortillas, of course, and frijoles (black beans) and plantains.  But aside from that, I had no clue, so I wanted to learn more about typical Guatemalan dishes….

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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: Camping at Tikal Guatemala

Tikal Sunrise: Camping at Tikal Guatemala

Tikal Guatemala is the most impressive Mayan ruins I have seen so far, compared to others like Lamanai in Belize for example.  Tikal National Park 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…

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Semuc Champey Tour in Guatemala

Semuc Champey Tour in Guatemala

Semuc Champey Guatemala is one of the highlights of most people’s visit to Central America.  Beautiful turquoise pools amid the lush Guatemalan jungle certainly is a sight to behold.  However, as a visit to Semuc Champey requires 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…

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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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