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I've wanted to visit Belize for longer than I can remember, but I can't remember why! I'm sure there was something that made it stand out to me all those years ago. One of the added appeals now was that not that many people visit. It's often missed from backpacking tours for being too expensive, but I was very excited to get here and explore! I didn't really know what to expect, and how the food and culture would vary from Mexico, but I also didn't want to research too much as that would ruin the surprise! I can say I've been very pleasantly surprised! As soon as we crossed the border the landscape seemed to change, which was strange. We were greeted with fields of sugarcane, a far cry from the endless cacti driving through ... read more
Wrapping up from the breeze
Important information as it's hurricane season
The very friendly turtle

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar November 8th 2016

A lot of people we have met in Mexico, both tourists and locals, have recommended Bacalar. On this basis we had to make it a stop on our journey, and I'm very glad we did. Bacalar is home to a lake that is said to contain 7 shades of Blue. I didn't count, but it certainly is very beautiful. We found a hostel which has its own jetty over the lake, so we had unlimited access to the lagoon. It's largely fairly shallow, so great for swimming. Luckily the water is fairly warm too, unlike the cenotes. On our second day we headed out to the grand cenote which is only 5km away, as some others in the hostel had been recommended it. It was nice there, but to me it seemed more like a deep ... read more
On our way across the lagoon

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen November 1st 2016

We had 1 thing in mind when we got to Playa del Carmen - Diving! It took a few days to get around to it - we got distracted as detailed in the last blog. On our first day in Playa we had made some enquiries about diving, but I'd not been impressed by the answers to my questions, and didn't feel too positive about the shops I'd visited. Safety and feeling relaxed and happy are probably the most important things when going diving. Jess found a dive shop online with its own boat to Cozumel, which avoids having to get the ferry over, so we went to find them and see if they were any better. Luckily they were! As soon as we got to Tank-Ha we felt much more confident that they would stick ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen October 30th 2016

Sorry for the gap in blog posts, I've been too busy enjoying myself and haven't had much time to sit down and write. After another long overnight bus (potentially the last of the trip!) we arrived in Playa del Carmen. It's much more touristy here than anywhere else we've been so far this trip, but we did expect that. The Main Street is full of tourist shops and expensive restaurants. This does mean that there are a lot of cool air conditioned places to escape the heat though! We had been recommended walking the length of the street to the ferry terminal before going down to the beach, as there are less hotels here and more clear sand to relax on. After a slow walk of stopping in air con and people trying to sell us ... read more
Squeezed in to the treehouse

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque October 19th 2016

When trying to arrange a bus from San Cristobal to Palenque we were faced with the news that there are protests blocking the road. We had 2 options - take a bus that went around, taking 8hrs instead of 5, or pay more and go on an organised tour to Palenque, and attempt getting through. After much discussion translated from Spanish to English and back again, we understood that this option would attempt the route, as there was no knowing until we got there if it would be closed that day, but if it were closed we'd be taken to different ruins then back to San Cristobal. We were unsure which option to take - as we need to travel to Palenque to continue on our route to the coast. After a bit of debate, as ... read more
Jaguar temple

I was a bit reluctant to leave the beach, especially with the prospect of heading back to the cold, and to another city. The 12 hour bus didn't sound too tempting either. We opted for another overnight bus, as although they're nowhere near as nice as Asian buses with beds, we don't feel as if we have wasted a day travelling. As soon as we got off the bus my spirits were much higher, breathing in the crisp fresh mountain air at 8am as the town was waking up, I knew I'd like it here. The town is fairly small, and unlike Oaxaca the grid layout of the town is much easier to navigate! Once we'd found a hostel we headed off to oh la la patisserie for breakfast. The hot chocolate here is so good! ... read more
Boat trip
View down the canyon

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido October 6th 2016

If I had one word to describe Puerto Escondido it would be magical! I didn't really know what to expect from Puerto Escondido, it looked nice so we made it a stop on our itinerary - and I'm extremely glad we did! We've met a number of people who have told us to skip it, and go to Mazunte up the road, but I'm so glad we didn't listen! After an overnight bus and a quick nap we headed down to check out the beach. We're staying at Playa Carrizalillo, which is a beginners surfing beach so much nicer for swimming than some of the other beaches in town. It's a beautiful beach, the only problem is the 186 stairs to get off the beach! It's keeping us fit though. Whilst on the beach we met ... read more
Coco loco

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca October 3rd 2016

We've made it to Mexico! We arrived in Mexico City early, and got a taxi to our hostel at 5am, to find it locked up. To improve matters there were a lot of riot police with shields on the street too. Whilst they seemed friendly enough, it didn't help us feel comfortable in this new place! Nowhere is open at 5am, so we were a bit unsure what to do, but luckily knocking on the hostel door for the attention of a security guard who let us in :) Once it finally started getting light around 7am we decided to go out and see what the city had to offer, very aware of the riot police and our valuables. Luckily we needn't have worried, as we felt perfectly safe, and speaking to locals they told us ... read more
Our first impression of Mexico City
First Mexican meal

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 16th 2016

So the next trip is only 10 days away! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but I thought it must be time to update you all on the travel plans, and bring my blog back to life after a few years rest :) Next stop: Mexico city for 3 nights. After that? No plans! Jess and I are finally planning a trip together, after travelling together a couple of times in Asia. We do have a lot on the ideas list for this trip, but we will fill in the gaps and plan more of a route as we go along, leaving maximum flexibility for our travels, which is just how we like it. In Mexico we are heading up to the Teotihuacan ruins just outside Mexico City on our second day, as well ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mossman February 26th 2014

After heading to Port Douglas markets in the morning and filling up on cake we headed out to Mossman Gorge. We had a lovely walk in the rainforest, unfortunately we didn't see much wildlife, but we did see a few birds, including a bush turkey who Alex chased out of the bushes in the hope that I'd be able to photograph it! Alex also found a leech attached to my leg... not quite the wildlife spotting experience I had hoped for. After finishing our walk in Mossman Gorge we headed to Daintree village and set off on a Crocodile spotting trip. After an hour of 'Well so and so usually lives around here' and 'he was here this morning' we still had had no success. In the end we managed to find a tiny baby crocodile, ... read more
Beginning of our jungle walk

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