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Jungle Safari in Tortuguero National Park

Some places are just meant to be difficult to get to. The places that are so damn beautiful and amazing that you instantly forget how long and arduous the journey was as soon as you arrive. Tortuguero in Costa Rica is one of those places. Located at the northern tip of the Caribbean coast, the tiny […]

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Volcano Acatenango seen from Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala. Could I live here?

It is either impossible or highly unlikely that any traveller would pass through Guatemala and not visit Antigua, the country’s enchanting, tourist-friendly and volcano-surrounded settlement south-west of Guatemala City. Its name – translating to ‘antique’ in English – is befitting of a town containing so many colonial-era buildings, crumbling churches and ruins. The place is […]

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Hiking Volcano Acatenango on a Dodgy Stomach, Guatemala

The sight of a 3,800m Volcano projecting 200m jets of red hot lava high into the sky creates quite a humbling perspective. You are reminded of what, for the most part, ‘Earth’ actually is – a mass of rock, upon which has formed a relatively thin layer of mildew, within which thrive trillions of tiny, insignificant organisms, who are […]

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Hiking and Puking in Semuc Champey, Guatemala

If you’re traveling in Guatemala, someone has probably told you that you have to go to Semuc Champey. They’d be right – it really is that good, but what your probably wandering is how to get to Semuc Champey? Do you have to take a shuttle? Are there chicken buses? How long does it take? How do I even […]

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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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Tips on Tikal and Flores, Guatemala

It’s easy enough to breeze through Flores, Guatemala’s laid-back island in the Peten province; it seems most travelers on the Guatemala circuit generally conclude that, other than the ‘must-see’ Mayan ruins of Tikal, there isn’t much else to do. But stay a few nights, and you’ll quickly realise that it’s more than a mere gateway to Guatemala’s […]

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