Day 348: Captain Carlos to the rescue

Even though we had heard some mixed reviews about Belize before arriving, our expectations for a picturesque Caribbean tropical island were probably a little too high.  One of the main reasons we decided to visit was to do some snorkeling along its beautiful barrier reef but fixed prices across the island meant that we would…

Day 347: Go Slow

The cayes, or “keys”, are a series of very small islands northeast of Belize City that provide easy access to Belize’s exquisitely beautiful barrier reef.  Caye Caulker is one of these that embodies a unique mix of Spanish and Caribbean influences.  According to urban legend, the island was divided into two after Hurricane Hattie passed…

Day 346: Don’t we know you?

The infamous “Gringo Trail” includes the most popular destinations in Latin America and attracts millions of tourists every year searching for some “flava’”.  Impressive and special can’t-misses as well as overly developed and touristy must-avoids dot the countries throughout the region.  Since the area is compact and most people head in one direction, it’s not…

Day 345: At the waterhole

The main reason we circled back into Guatemala from Mexico was to visit the granddaddy of Maya ruins at Tikal.  It is one of the largest archaeological sites from Mesoamerica and estimated to have been home to up to 100,000 inhabitants.  In the heart of the jungle and surrounded by lush vegetation, George Lucas thought…

Day 334: A ride up top

Although descending Tajumulco only took about half the time of going up, it seemed like our knees and joints took twice the pounding. After a well-deserved, hearty lunch, our group of 25 still had to catch a couple of chicken buses to make our way back to Xela. We rigidly sprinted to the first one…