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Yaxha

Yaxha

Close to the famous Tikal ruins in Guatemala lie the lesser-known Mayan site of Yaxhá. Despite being only 30km as the quetzal flies from its famous neighbour, the drive is a little longer. As a result far fewer tourists make the journey to explore these amazing ruins....
Career change

Career change

Time to trade in that cushy graphic design job for a job unloading trucks in Guatemala. Our cross-country journey was going well. Possibly too well. The roads were much better than our previous trip across Guatemala. It looked like we might be able to get to a very...
Patchwork Antigua

Patchwork Antigua

The city of Antigua is a tapestry of colour. To save you from having to do very much reading, this post is simply a patchwork quilt. A collection of some of the colourful walls and fabrics found on the streets of this UNESCO world heritage centre. Pour a cuppa. Set...
Elegant decay

Elegant decay

The crumbling, earthquake ravaged churches of Antigua are a photographer’s dream (and quite possibly a civil engineer’s nightmare). I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a photographer, but I can categorically state I am not a civil engineer....
From the rubble

From the rubble

This post is about some things that people from our home town of Christchurch are sick of hearing about. Earthquakes. Rebuilding. And crumbling stone churches. It seems appropriate to be writing about the crumbling earthquake-ravaged churches of Antigua today. Just as...
Lakeside living

Lakeside living

A life of travel is certainly not destined to be one of routine. Since we were making reasonable progress in our Spanish classes and enjoying our time stopped in one place again, it wasn’t long before our time in San Pedro la Laguna stretched to eight weeks. But...
To the lake

To the lake

The distance on the map didn’t look to be that far. Really, kilometre-wise it wasn’t. But how long it takes to get there can depend on which roads you drive on. We didn’t have a map of Guatemala. Just a few roads outlined roughly on a back page of...
Finally. Guatemala.

Finally. Guatemala.

Border crossings in Central America are famous for being chaotic and stressful. We had heard stories of ‘border helpers’ swarming vehicles on arrival, everyone trying to get their cut, bribes, fees, corrupt bureaucrats, confusing paperwork, people stuck...
Luxury

Luxury

Overland travel is all about staying in the roughest, most unforgiving environments. Ignoring personal comfort. Shunning the trappings of a tourism. Seeking out discomfort and… no! Wait! Screw it. Today it is all about luxury. We had spent a less than ideal night at...
Downpour

Downpour

The air was thick with humidity, it was like breathing tepid soup. The roads glistened with moisture in the last of the fading light that was filtering between the rolling banks thunderclouds. We had started the day high in the mountains of Oaxaca, bundled up for...
Escape

Escape

This is the one. This is the post where we finally extract ourselves from the seemingly inescapable vortex of Santa María del Tule. Don’t get too excited. We only drove a few kilometres down the road. Conveniently, there were some pretty amazing things just a...