Category Archives: Central America

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Learning to SCUBA Dive on Utila Island

I knew before we had even started our trip that I wanted to learn to dive. And the Bay Islands – off the Caribbean coast of Honduras – was where I wanted to do it. The Bay Islands consist of Roatan, Guanaja, Utila, and a number of surrounding Cayes which are historically and ethnically detached […]

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First Class Delivery – A Break from Backpacking

After more than two months on the road, we faced a little problem. I was issued an entire new set of bank and credit cards, and the ones I had with me would expire by the end of the month. The new cards were already with my parents in Massachusetts, where my mail is forwarded; […]

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Copán Ruinas, Honduras

After spending nearly a month in Guatemala, we were ready to press on further south through Central America to country #3 – Honduras. Our first stop was the small town of Copán Ruinas, just 20 minutes over the Guatemala-Honduras border. As usual, it seems, we arrived in the middle of torrential downpours as darkness began […]

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“Picturesque” Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

Our last stop in Guatemala was to the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Famous British writer Aldous Huxley once wrote that Lago Atitlan “touches the limit of the permissibly picturesque” and “is really too much of a good thing.” We had high hopes for a place with such glowing reviews. After studying Spanish in Antigua, we were […]

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A Week-long Spanish Course – Antigua, Guatemala

While planning our trip Around This World in New York, we decided it would be a good idea to learn Spanish. Erik had studied Spanish in high school, but after years of not using it, had forgotten nearly all of it.  I had taken several years of French throughout middle and high school, and in […]

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Guatemala by the Numbers

After seriously busting our budget in Mexico, we were pleased to find prices in Guatemala much lower than its neighbor to the North.  This lush and lovely country turned out to be one of our favorite destinations yet. From the ruins of Tikal, to hiking up an active volcano, to immersing ourselves in Spanish classes in […]

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Chasing Lava at Volcano Pacaya

Before visiting Guatemala, I don’t think either one of us had seen, let alone visited an active volcano. Although there are apparently 169 volcanoes in the United States, there are only 18 high-threat volcanoes, and they are all situated in Alaska, Hawaii & along the West Coast. Since I grew up an East Coast girl, […]

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The Natural Wonders of Semuc Champey

While talking with a few people at our hostel in Flores, we learned about an idyllic river-side place to stay in the small mountain village of Lanquin.  Originally, we had planned to head south for the city of Coban, but quickly changed our minds and decided to shoot for the El Retiro Lodge we had […]

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Tarantulas, Toucans & Temples – Tikal, Guatemala

We woke up early for a 6am shuttle to the Mexico-Guatemala border, sad to say goodbye to our first country, but excited to be moving on to Guatemala.  Having researched the border crossing ahead of time, we were prepared for a long day.  Despite the fact that the point to point distance from Palenque, Mexico […]

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