Scuba Diving in Honduras with Utila Dive Center

Me Getting Used to Diving in Utila 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 […]

Studying Spanish in Costa Rica for One Week

Group photo monteverde - Studying Spanish in Costa Rica

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 […]

Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

How to find the best Backpacker Accommodation Around the World - Hobbitenango in Antigua Guatemala

Did you know there are hobbits in Guatemala?  Well, hobbit holes at least, in Hobbitenango.  Rather like Hobbiton in The Shire of 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 […]

Horse-riding to Xunantunich with Hannah Stables

Xunantunich Maya Ruins near San Ignacio Belize

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 […]

Tikal Sunrise: Camping at Tikal Guatemala

Tikal Mayan Ruins in Guatemala - Backpacking 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mount Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

When Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the Lost World, he based his story on Mount Roraima, one of Venezuela’s tallest Tepuy (or Tepui) mountains.  Perched on the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, the majestic flat-topped mountain rises from the horizon.  The trek to Roraima in Venezuela was beautiful, difficult, hot, brutal, and in parts, […]

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 […]

Ziplining in Mindo, Ecuador

Ziplining in Mindo Ecuador extreme sports

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 […]