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New Year’s Eve in Cuba: What to Expect

If you’re going to be in Cuba on December 31st this year then you’re in for a treat. There isn’t a better time of year to experience Cuban culture and glean a sense of its people. But what should you expect? Will it be drastically different to how you normally celebrate NYE? Well, if you’re used to […]

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Cruising Down Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas

Not until I was speeding down a crocodile-infested river between the Sumidero Canyon’s 1km-sized walls did I realise that, actually, I don’t even need to be high up to be scared of, or at the very least perturbed by, great dizzying heights. Normally, when I peer over the edge of anything higher than 10ft it […]

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Reality Check in San Cristóbal de las Casas

At last I had arrived in San Cristobal de las Casas, the backpacker hub of Mexico’s Chiapas region. It was getting late, I had no idea where my hostel was and I was echo de polvo (made of dust) – knackered. The journey from San Pedro in Guatemala, which involved 1 boat ride and 3 buses, […]

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What Do Cubans Think of Cuba?

There is a disbelieving – if a little uncomfortable – silence in the room. Maria, a 75-year old and life-long resident of Playa Giron, whose home we have been welcomed into for the night, has just finished describing in humbling detail her account of the day the US army invaded Cuba’s famed ‘Bay of Pigs’ […]

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The Best Tulum Cenotes

Tulum is quite possibly the most addictive place I have ever visited. From Mayan Ruins and white sand beaches to copious amounts of cheap, glorious Mexican food, there are plenty of reasons to stay, but the biggest draw for most travellers are the Tulum cenotes. These cenotes (pronounced: ‘se-no-tes’) are plenty in number; too many to […]

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