It feels kind of metropolitan–a wee bit European, a bit gritty and very Guatemalan. Quetzaltenango showed us an intimate and very real view of Guatemala. Surrounded by a plethora of typical Mayan villages Quetzaltenango aka Xela is a city with a real heart. To get the most out of this place and it’s surroundings come, Read More

Learning Spanish is popular in Guatemala and places like Antigua and Lago Atitlan are well-known for it. But if you want to remain fairly off-the-trail, Xela is definitely the place to go. It’s not like it’s the only Spanish speaking country on the continent but a number of factors make it Guatemala and in, Read More

I loved saying I was going to Guatemala, it sounded faraway, unknown and kind of exotic in a strange way. The smooth and rhythmic sound of  “Gwah-teh-maah-laa.” was music to my ears. I really had little idea what to expect and I wondered what it was really like? Now I can say living in, Read More

Guatemala’s Tajumulco Volcano is impressive. A gigantic 13,845 foot peak that stands among the great giants of the Americas. Surprisingly, it is not so well-known among trekkers, despite it being the highest point in Central America. There were many volcanoes around Xela, but when we heard Celas Maya (our Spanish School) was planning a trip to, Read More

I have so many messages from people about Mexico. Many are myths, imaginations or perceptions about what Mexico is and how awfully dangerous it must be. We have discovered the beautiful side of Mexico, far away from the myths and imaginations of some. I think Mexico is either underrated or unknown in some parts of, Read More

Still on the pyramid trail from Mexico City to Puebla…we discover another pyramid – The Great Pyramid of Cholula, another one of the world’s largest pyramids. Mexico: Pyramids, Churches, Grasshoppers and Volcanoes was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by Jo

Mexico City, do you expect it to have Pyramids? Well yes it does. Mexico City: Teotihuacán Pyramids was last modified: December 26th, 2014 by Jo

Airbnb has rapidly become our preferred way for locating suitable places to stay around the world. This lodging website is intuitive and easy to use.  We have found some great places and people to stay with so far on our adventure around the world. These days I always start with Airbnb. How to get, Read More

Simply meet at the Mayan Cross outside the cathedral in downtown San Cristobal de las Casas at 9.30 am any day of the week and your local guide will magically arrive.  For 200 pesos he will take you on an intriguing and magical journey into Ancient Mayan culture. Ancient Mayan Culture – San Juan, Read More

To bucket list or to wander list? This is not a bucket list – it’s a Claytons – you know the one you have when you’re not having one! I called it my Wander List because apparently things need labels! Besides I would fill a bucket way too quick and then what would I, Read More

Zocalo – say – Zo – Ca – lo It does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? What is a Zocalo? was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Jo

Mexico has traveling by bus totally dialed. I love traveling by bus in Mexico. It’s a first class experience, no question. Travelling by Bus in Mexico was last modified: December 26th, 2014 by Jo