Guatemala: Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, Rio Dulce

Lake Atitlan   After an incredible month in Antigua studying Spanish, climbing Volcanoes, and running up mountains, it was time for me to say goodbye and make my way to the next stop, Lake Atitlan. A beautiful lake surrounded by yet more Volcanoes – Volcan Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro to be precise – and…

Climbing Volcan De Acatenango – Guatemala

Whilst in Antigua I heard about a two day hike which takes you to the top of Volcan De Acatenango, everyone I had met raved about it, and to be honest, the thought of climbing a volcano sounded very exciting, so I signed up for the hike on my third day in town. Along with…

Learning Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala

Learning a new language can be very rewarding and Antigua is the perfect place to study, you can safely walk around town and enjoy the stunning buildings and architecture, the locals are friendly and aware that many tourists are in town solely to learn Spanish, so are often very patient with you whilst you struggle…

Discovering the Island of Flores, Guatemala

Flores is a small town built on an island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza, it is connected to the mainland by a causeway, the buildings have a colonial look, the streets are cobbled and the main form of transport are the trusty tuk-tuks, which carry tourists back and forth between the town of…

Guatemala: Flores, Tikal, and Antigua

From Belize we made our way West towards the Guatemalan island town of Flores, which would be our base for a few days whilst we  explored the area and visited the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal.   Flores and Tikal Once we had arrived on the Island of Flores we searched around the windy streets…

The Aztec Pyramids of Teotihuacan

“Teotihuacan is home to a very impressive set of ruins, epic in scale and in a very good condition considering the city was abandoned in 700AD, at it’s peak it was home to 150,000 inhabitants and to this day historians have no idea why they left, I enjoyed exploring the site imagining what it would…

Belize: A Hurricane In Paradise

Making my way south from Playa Del Carmen I caught the overnight bus heading towards Belize, an ex-British trading post, home to no more than 375,000 people, and a country I didn’t know too much about, so when I finally made it to Belize City it took me by surprise when the people spoke English…

The Coastal Ruins of Tulum

“Tulum is a small town on the east coast of Mexico and home to a 13th century set of Mayan Ruins which were built right on the beach, with this spectacular backdrop it provides a beautiful contrast of colours; with the rocky greys and yellows of the ruins, you then have the white sand, turquoise…

The Streets of Oaxaca

“Back in the city we had fun exploring the streets and checking out the colonial architecture, we wandered around markets and sampled different varieties of street food and discovered that Oaxaca is one of the culinary capitals of Mexico” View my latest blog on Mexico for more. Exploring the streets of Oaxaca City, an awesome…

Mexico: Mayan Ruins, Mezcal, and Surfing

After completing the 1400 mile coastal drive along America’s Highway 101, it was time for me to leave behind the familiar settings of the U.S.A and venture into the unknown lands of Latin America. My flight out of San Diego was bound for the Mexican capital, Mexico City, home to more than 20 million people, most of whom will have limited or no English so this would certainly be a challenge, but being outside of your comfort zone is what travelling is all about and I had racked up a fair few hours on Duolingo (an app for learning new languages) so was ready to get stuck in. Bienvenido a Mexico!

Completing the West Coast: San Francisco to San Diego

Continuing down Highway 101, I arrived into San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, which makes quite an impressive introduction to the city. After spending the last 5 days driving alone and sleeping in roadside motels (due to a serious lack of a hostel scene along the coast), I had booked into a hostel called The Green Tortoise and I made a good group of friends almost instantly. It was great to hang out with a like-minded bunch of travellers wanting to explore the city by day and check out the bars and live music scene at night.

Highway 101: Seattle to San Francisco

Having booked a car from downtown Seattle, it was time to hit the road and drive south along Highway 101. I have to admit, before arriving in the US the only famous road I had heard of was Route 66, but every time I mentioned to people that I planned to travel South from Seattle, the first…