Deep in the jungles of Mexico and Central America we discover the Mayan Civilization complete with pyramids, remnants of palace buildings, ball courts and much more. An incredibly sophisticated ancient civilization; the Mayan empire dominated societies long before the Spanish conquered in the 16th century. Understanding the Mayan Civilization and the End of the, Read More

Riding a Scooter in Bali

Riding a Scooter in Bali – Is it a Good Idea? In the beginning it felt like they were out to kill us in one foul swoop… cars, dogs, scooters, chickens, trucks, buses and bikes all sharing the one lane road coming at us in every direction. It’s easy to get distracted by the five year, Read More

Caye Caulker Caveman, Belize

We’re staying in Caye Caulker, Belize… and on our way home we meet the ‘Caye Caulker Caveman’. He’s a solid guy, with dark frizzy hair that’s sun bleached white on top… and a big smile that stretches from ear to ear… It turns out Caye Caulker Caveman is a true legend of the sea. Caye, Read More

I’d heard a lot about Caye Caulker (pronounced ‘Key’ Caulker) from travelers and everyone agreed that Caye Caulker was the ideal place for sun and low-key and anti-resorty fun. This sounded like us. Dreaming how I could jump from bed into the ocean for a dip in the early warm mornings. Our days in Caye Caulker were, Read More

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

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