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The Peak Of Our Trip – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

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When we started this trip, I had certain notions of what South America would look like. The Cordillera Blanca in Peru is exactly what I had envisioned for the Andes mountains that stretch all the way from Venezuela to Argentina. The Cordillera Blanca is overwhelmingly dramatic, with snow-covered 21,000 foot peaks, granite cliffs, glaciers, emerald blue lakes, and waterfalls everywhere…

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

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In one of my two previous trips to Mexico, before this trip, I flew into Cancun with two friends and the 3 of us girls caught a collectivo to a resort south of Playa del Carmen. I never really had any desire to see Cancun. It all sounded to “spring break” for my taste. But the resort between Playa del…

Honduras: The Murder Capital of the World

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With a reputation of being the murder capital of the world who wouldn’t want to go to Honduras?  During our volunteer prep back home in Vancouver we had the choice between Guatemala and Honduras, and chose Honduras.  We knew that due to its reputation it may have less volunteers and our impact could be more far reaching.  Plus we wanted to…

Keeping cool in Esteli, Nicaragua

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I did a FB post a little over a week ago of a picture of our truck dusted with snow in Esteli Nicaragua.  This picture was an April fools joke but reality is Esteli stays quite cool. We stayed in and around Esteli for 10 days…

What a difference a day makes

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Yesterday our world turned upside down, but today it seems to have righted.  
We hardly speak to one another and can barely pull ourselves from bed in hopes of avoiding what we believe is in store for us today.  Everyone assures us we need to be at the immigration office before the doors open and our driver is convinced we…

Worst Vacation Ever

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tomorrow we may lose our bus…

We made it back to town yesterday and boarded the bus for san jose.  It turned out to be first come first serve despite the fact that we bought tickets the day before, but we were among the first in line and make the cut.  My fever had broken overnight thanks to a few…

La Falda part 2

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We headed out today for a drive along to the next town and up into the Camino de Artesanias. This is a bad washed out dirt road which surprisingly has shops and stores dotted along it. The first stop was an over 100 year old farm where they make sweets and cookies from the fruits grown there.

Next we headed…

Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza is often called one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and rightfully so. This place is incredible. It’s another UNESCO World Hertiage site, and although I have been before, I’m looking forward to the return visit. I remember it as a hot place and that characteristic of this place seems to have remained the same.
Chichen…

Cahuita and other Caribbean beaches

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Our days here are slow and lazy.  We lay in the hammock, jen reads while i write.  When we get to bored or too hot we walk down the street and plunge into the ocean with the handful of locals on the beach.
We’ve been told by several sources that the primary reason we don’t see more tourism here is…

Budget: Mainland Mexico

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North-ward bound

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Up and away from Ushuaia

It was tough to pull ourselves away from Ushuaia. Not only did we enjoy some spectacular weather and the great company and hospitality of some new friends, but it also meant beginning the journey back home. Even though we have a few more months ahead of us on the road, it definitely feels different now…

Volunteering with the Honduras Child Alliance

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The next stop for us was El Porvenir, where we would be situated for a week volunteering with the Muskoka Foundation and Honduras Child Alliance.  Prior to our departure from Vancouver we organized a used camera drive and collected several point and shoot cameras, as well as a DSLR all donated by friends and work colleagues.  We also collected donations…

Campeche, Mexico

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On the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, and the western side of the Yucatan Peninsula, lies the capital city of the State of Campeche, Campeche the city. It is another UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was originally founded around 1540 by the Spanish. It’s a lovely colonial city and I’m so glad it happened to work out that…

Belize Part 3- Rivers and pine forests

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Caves Branch
Before our jungle adventures (and the resulting heat exhaustion) we had planned to do the ATM caves, where you hiked through the jungle and then walked and swam through caves for hours to finally get to a cave full of Mayan skeletons and pottery. The Mayan believed caves are the entrance to the watery underworld, and would leave…

La falda

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The big thing to do here in Argentina is to have an Asado, which is a special kind of BBQ. There is an art to making the fire and the cooking is done over the coals only. The meat is served to wooden plates and you cut it with huge jewelled knives.

Well it has been pouring rain and thunder…

Overheated: Nicaragua Part II

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Another day, another beach. Life is hard for us Adventurers.

I was pretty excited as we drove away from Laguna de Apoyo towards Granada. I knew that this was one of Victoria’s favorite places, and considering how beautiful and fun the lake had been, that could only mean good things. Plus, the drive was nice and short! Maya curled up…

Malvinas

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On our way down to Ushuaia, we spent one night in Rio Grande, on the north part of the island of Tierra del Fuego. It happened to be the first of April, on the eve of the anniversary of Argentina’s failed invasion of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas. So the following morning, we went to the act in homage of the anniversary.…

The Ruins at Palenque

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Palenque is one of the many Mayan cities in Mexico. It was a center for government, commerce and life in the 7th century. Palenque was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site almost 30 years ago, and it’s an incredibly place to visit. The Temple of the Inscriptions was built in the late 670s as a tomb for Janaab Pakal, who…

Belize Part 2- “I think I hate the jungle!”

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About an hour into our three hour hot, humid, jungle hike in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Sam was telling me a story about how when he was a kid he dreamed about exploring the jungle. Who doesn’t want to be Indiana Jones when they are young? Movies like Swiss Family Robinson make the jungle seem so adventurous and…

Patagonia in”spire”s

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We bid farewell to our new friends and hopped into the truck, ready for yet another border crossing.  No more than ten minutes after we entered the aduana building, we were leaving Chile, both of us stamped out of the country and the truck’s permit cancelled.  Why couldn’t Central America’s borders be this easy?

Pulling over for a roadside lunch,…

Costa Rica 3 – Guanacaste. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, La Paz and Sonzapote and on to the border with Nicaragua.

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25th – 26th January 2014 – We continue north through the Guanacaste region to visit Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, one of the oldest and biggest parks in Costa Rica, which covers most of the Peninsula Santa Elena that juts out into the Pacific in the far northwest.  This peninsula protects the largest remaining stand of tropical, dry forest in Central…

The importance of preparedness

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Or the complete lack thereof…  We felt really quite proud of ourselves yesterday.  Not only did we stay up and enjoy every possible second of ‘nawlins the night before, we also managed to wake up when our alarm went off (despite only an hour and a half of sleep).  We managed to not leave anything in the room, to get…

San Cristobal de las Casas

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Some friends I met in Mazatlan who have been on the road for 7 years on their bikes, gave me a short list of their faves for Mexico and Central America. At first they were pretty insistent that they wouldn’t name any “must see” places as they didn’t want to change my experience or influence it in any way. They…

El Salvador to Honduras – A Guide to the El Poy Border Crossing

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Many overlanders decide to drive straight through Honduras and complete two borders (El Salvador and Nicaragua) in one day.  The overlanders that do enter Honduras usually do so through the Copan crossing from Guatemala.  Since we wanted to hit some spots in El Salvador, we decided to cross into Honduras at the El Poy border.  This border is not frequented…

Eating and Beaching Our Way Through El Salvador

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By Richard
We almost skipped El Salvador because we were in a bit of a rush to make it to Honduras to start our next round volunteering with the Muskoka Foundation.  Instead of skipping it we decided to spend seven days there and then book it straight to the north coast of Honduras after that.
Our first taste of El…

How to renew your vehicle import permit in Nicaragua

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If you need more time than the initial 30 days permit that is issued to you at the border for your vehicle like we did then look no further here is what you will have to do to renew your vehicle import permit in Nicaragua.  To…

Mountain biking in El Salvador

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I wanted to do some mountain biking in the hills of El Salvador before making our way back to the beach.  To do this we entered El Salvador via the Pan-American highway.We camped the previous night at a hot springs park just  66km from the…

A transmission tragedy – abridged

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by Paula
You might have wondered how a broken van could possibly take 11 months to repair. We’ve frequently pondered that too. Now that we’re happily on our way again, lazing on a sun-kissed Peruvian beach, let’s have a little flashback. If you are not remotely interested, step away now because it’s not going to be pretty.
There’s a US…

Belize Part 1- Me talk Spanish one day

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I don’t know if you have ever read any David Sedaris books. His book Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his time living in France and struggling with French, reminded me of my on going struggle with Spanish (I took French as a second language). In Mexico, I am a dumb four year old trying to put three words together.…

French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.   
Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants and hobble out onto the street… i couldn’t be happier that i did.

Jen and i have always loved…