Central America: Reflecting on Five Months in the Region

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It’s such a tiny area. The entirety of Central America – including the regions of Mexico we visited – could fit within the country of France. Yet every country is different than the next, each one having its own distinct culture. In Guatemala for example, the Mayan roots are very obvious; from physical features to traditional clothing and general way of life. While right next door in El Salvador, due to several tragic moments in recent history, the Mayan culture …

The Best Things to do at Lake Atitlan

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Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular destinations in all of Guatemala, for good reason. Between the seemingly endless activities and laid-back vibes, visitors usually end up staying much longer than planned! To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do during your stay. Although you’ll likely stumble upon many more on your visit, these are a few that you shouldn’t miss! Trek to Lake Atitlan …

The Villages of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Often, those who visit Lake Atitlan are pressed for time and often struggle with deciding which town(s) to visit. We were definitely part of this group. Seeing as our visit coincided with the Christmas holidays, we booked our accommodation several weeks in advance – in fear that we may not find anything. We decided to split the majority of our time basing ourselves out of San Pedro and Panajachel roughly half and half, though if we were to do it …

Spending A Few Days in San Jose, Costa Rica

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An Easy Arrival Being budget travellers, our typical means of transportation is often questionable at best. And while we’ve definitely upped our standards over the years, we certainly don’t travel in luxury. The journey from Granada back in Nicaragua, to San Jose, Costa Rica is in the ballpark of 8-10 hours; and considering our last day of transit involving border crossings, we decided that this time we’d spoil ourselves. Already drenched with sweat following the half-hour walk under Granada’s hot …

How to Eat Great on a Budget in Granada

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Granada. A stunningly well-maintained colonial city, right on the lake, in the centre of Nicaragua. With it’s colourful buildings, manicured streets, fabulous central park, and the simple fact that it’s connected to nearly everything in the country – if you’re visiting the country, you’ll likely be spending some time in Granada. During our first visit to Nicaragua back in 2015, we were only in Granada for one full day before moving on, so on our most recent visit, we decided …

Travel is the Worst, Part. 1: El Tunco to León

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The worst part of travelling is travel. We’ve said this in the past and the theme continues to reiterate itself to us on a regular basis. Long waits in dusty parking lots, bumpy bus rides, delayed flights, wrong turns and added costs are just part of the deal. Often the physical act of travelling is the worst aspect of being a traveller. Although as ironic and irritating as it can be, we put up with it because it allows us …

The Secluded Life in Popoyo

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Following many weeks of constant travel, in busy cities and on long bus trips, staying no more than a few days in each destination, we decided it was time to slow down a little and relax. Having spent some time on the Southern coast of Nicaragua in the past, we knew it would be the perfect spot to stop for a while.