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The Islands of San Blas and Sailing the Southern Caribbean, an Unforgettable Experience!

The Islands of San Blas and Sailing the Southern Caribbean, an Unforgettable Experience!

(By Alex with a from-the-field report by NattieK) Even though we went to bed quite late on our last night in Panama City (see our Panama Post) and I was dead tired from the prior days’ production needed to get the car into a container in the Gomorrah of a town that is...
Panama

Panama

(by NK – ie; much shorter than the last few posts) Panama was another place that we knew little about, well exceeded our expectations and we feel we barely scratched the surface of. We stopped only really in 3 places – the beautiful coffee town of Boquete where we met...
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

(By Alex, with Nattie’s help to wrap it up.  WARNING: LONG READ) The solidly branded and well-oiled tourism machine that is Costa Rica astounds with its natural beauty, annoys with its good manners and impresses with its fine-tuned business model. The country that has...
Galapagos: The Veredict

Galapagos: The Veredict

As promised (and as usually, late), a selection of the 3,000+,(no joke) photos from Galapagos: Click Here.  We’ve omitted the ones with the boatloads (literally) of old folk in goofy hats, white socks and sandals who we managed to beat every time that we went onshore....
Galapagos: Trap or Treasure?

Galapagos: Trap or Treasure?

Or, an Invitation to Please, Please Save Beaglebound! (by NK and Alex) After running around Quito for the major portion of three days looking for a “good deal” on an 8d/7n boat ride around some of the Galapagos Islands and paying a minor royal’s...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Or, A short moment of weakness for a mushy post — and aided by only one single beer (by Alex) It is 6:34 pm on December 31st 2012 and we are in Otavalo, Ecuador and I just can’t muster the strength to finish my blog post on Costa Rica; it’s taking too long and...
Beaglebound Reaches 10,000 Miles!!!

Beaglebound Reaches 10,000 Miles!!!

In a time and place that couldn’t have been planned, Beaglebound reached 10,000 miles into its journey on Dec 27 in the Huila Region of Colombia at the exact spot where this photo was taken — a military post with an amazing view where we could celebrate...
On Christmas Eve, a Letter to My Mother

On Christmas Eve, a Letter to My Mother

Or, “A Reflective Ramble on My Inadequacies” (by Alex) Hola Mama!  It’s around 4:15 am on Christmas Eve, we are still in Colombia.  The conditions for sleeping in the tent tonight have been perfect: it’s cool outside while it is nice and warm under the wool blanket...
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Or, “We dare you to read this without falling asleep halfway through.” By Alex We went into Nicaragua expecting something very different to what we found.  In spite of its poverty and enormous challenges, Nicaragua is a vibrant country with a population that is...
Guatemala

Guatemala

We hadn’t planned to do too much in Guatemala due to time constraints and safety concerns on smaller roads with Fred, but it’s definitely somewhere we would love to return to – friendly people, great food, a rich indigenous culture, beautiful landscapes,...
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

We arrived at San Cristobal in the late afternoon after a stopover at Xel-Ha, one of the regional waterfalls and swimming holes for a quick spray.  After our usual runaround sussing out a few different hotel options, we settled on a cool, quirky place with antique...
The Chiapas Maya

The Chiapas Maya

(Palenque, Yaxchilan & Bonampak by NK) There’s no easy way to describe the sensation of waking up to the sound of howler monkeys.  Alex best describes it as the sound that the thing in Alien movies made (ie; not Sigourney Weaver), which is probably pretty close as...
A Dip into Belize

A Dip into Belize

Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro, by NK After a very inefficient, yet friendly entry into Belize by Chetumal. Mexico, we headed directly a few hundred km south to Belize City.  The difference in the quality of the roads was the first thing to hit us and the...
A Dive into the Yucatan Peninsula (Part 2)

A Dive into the Yucatan Peninsula (Part 2)

Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Coba by NK Yes, we completely avoided Cancun; maybe a good place to visit for a crazy weekend but really not our bag for this trip.  We preferred to go south of it to get our PADI open water diver certifications during our 5 days on the...
A Dive into the Yucatan Peninsula (part 1)

A Dive into the Yucatan Peninsula (part 1)

Campeche, Merida and Chichen Itza by NK It took us three days to make it to the states of Campeche and Yucatan and most of the stopovers en route were pretty uneventful, going via Tuxtla Guiterrez, Ciudad del Carmen (major hub for gulf of Mexico oil and gas), and Isla...
Hammocks, Blue Water and Crocs

Hammocks, Blue Water and Crocs

(1 day in Zipolite, 3 days in Mazunte by NK) When we finally got to the Oaxacan Coast after a very sinuous and somewhat intense but breathtaking drive through the lush Oaxacan sierra, we stayed for one night at the little fishing village of Zipolite.  The only...
Cantinas, Pyramids, Paella and Family-time

Cantinas, Pyramids, Paella and Family-time

5 days in Mexico City (by NK) Mexico City felt like coming home.  We were made to feel so welcome by Alex, Aida, Ricardo 1 & 2, Eric & their dogs.   5 days went by so quickly and we spent most of our time chilling, catching up, reminiscing, drinking &...