Page 8 of RENanDREW Travel Blog Posts



HE SAID... Today we were travelling southeast from San Jorge la Laguna to Antigua(with a small detour north to Chichicastenango). We said our goodbyes to Dora and her family at our home stay house in San Jorge la Laguna, walked down the steep cobblestone path to the town square at 8:30am, loaded our packs onto the roof of a waiting minibus and started out on the final leg of this part of our journey – we were travelling back to Antigua where we started 24 days ago. We climbed the steep winding road out of San Jorge, narrowly missing speeding ‘chicken buses’ and stopping briefly at a lookout to capture a few last photos of Lake Atitlan and its three volcanoes. We headed north for about an hour before pulling into the bustling mountain town of ... read more
chichicastenango mercado
chichicastenango mercado
chichicastenango mercado


HE SAID... Today we were travelling the very short distance (7km) from Panajachel to San Jorge la Laguna. After checking out of Hotel Utz-Jay at midday, we lunched on the shoreline of Lago Atitlan. We then headed back to the hotel at 3pm, jumped into a minibus and climbed out of Panajachel to San Jorge la Laguna, the village of our host family for the night. We arrived around 3:30pm, unloaded our packs and met Dora (our host) and her eight year old son Anthony on the steps of the church in the main town square. Dora’s family is from the ethic group of the Kaqchiquel in San Jorge, and she has been welcoming travellers into her home for the past four years. We climbed the narrow and steep cobblestone path to Dora’s small concrete brick ... read more
san jorge la laguna
san jorge la laguna
san jorge la laguna


HE SAID... Today we were travelling southeast from San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico to Panajachel in Guatemala. We woke early (5:30am) and prepared ourselves for the ten hour bus journey and border crossing into Panajachel. We’d heard there were national strikes and road blocks planned in Guatemala, and that these may delay our trip even further. At 8:15am we discovered the road blocks were definitely in place, and that our departure had been delayed until 12pm (we were originally meant to leave at 8:30am). It was better to sit at the hotel for three hours than sit in a hot minibus on the side of the road in Guatemala for the same amount of time. We headed into the city centre and had breakfast at Tonantzin. I ordered a cafe organico, while Ren had ... read more
lake atitlan - smoggy one day
lake atitlan - clear the next
walking around lake atitlan


HE SAID... Today we were travelling southwest from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas. We woke early, as we had a 7:20am bus to San Cristobal. Depending on the activity of the Zapatistas, the trip was going to take between six to nine hours. We were more than happy to contribute to the movement’s support for indigenous Mexicans, but the decision was out of our hands. The bus company makes a daily decision on the safest route from Palenque to San Cristobal. We checked out of Hotel Xibalba, walked to the nearby bus station, had a quick coffee, loaded our packs into the baggage compartment and settled in our comfy seats. We were once again travelling on a luxurious ADO bus, this time with complimentary ear plugs for the movies (a welcome change from the ... read more
cathedral
streets of san cristobal
huarache combrado at tierr a dentro

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque May 6th 2016

HE SAID... Today we were travelling southwest from Merida to Palenque. We woke early, as we had an eight hour bus trip ahead, and we needed to leave for the bus station at 8am. We headed down to the hotel breakfast area around 7am and had coffee, watermelon, toast and pastries. We checked out of Hotel Reforma at 8am, jumped into a taxi and headed to Merida’s bus station. We checked in our bags, boarded the luxury bus (i.e. recliner seats, leg room and toilets) at 8:30am and settled in for the long day of travel ahead. We were leaving the Yucatan Peninsula and heading into the region of Chiapas. We drove along the Gulf of Mexico for a while, and then headed back inland. The landscape was predominantly rural forest, with numerous burn-offs coming right ... read more
sopes mixtos
palenque ruins
palenque ruins

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida May 4th 2016

HE SAID... This afternoon we were travelling west from Chichen Itza to Merida. After a mix-up with the public bus, we were left standing under a tree in the Chichen Itza car park at 6pm, only to discover that the bus we were booked on had left right under our noses at 5:10pm. Our guide caught a taxi into nearby Piste and returned 15 minutes later with a minibus and a driver. We squeezed into the minibus with our packs and left the Chichen Itza ruins at 6:30pm. We also gave a young guy who missed the same bus a lift in the nimbus – he had travelled from Mexico City to look for a new life in Merida – it was a big leap of faith on his part, and it would have stalled completely ... read more
cochinita pibil
palacio municipal
palacio municipal

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá May 4th 2016

HE SAID... Today we were travelling west from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza and then on to Merida. We woke early, organised our packs and left Hotel Casa Tucan and walked to the bus station, which was just around the corner (and over the road from the Corpus Christ Church where we had been the night before). We grabbed an iced coffee, chocolate milk and a couple of muffins for breakfast, then jumped onto the luxurious public bus at 8am (luxurious, that is, in comparison to the minibuses we had been travelling in for the past two weeks). The bus had leg room, seats that reclined and a toilet on board – what a treat! As we drove out of Playa del Carmen, I realised the beachfront town wasn’t small at all, but rather a ... read more
chichen itza
chichen itza
chichen itza


HE SAID... We were leaving Tulum this afternoon and heading northeast to Playa del Carmen. Feeling suitably refreshed from snorkelling with turtles and swimming in a local cenotes (natural sinkhole) after our tour of the bustling Tulum Ruins, we jumped into the minibus and headed to Playa del Carmen, arriving at our hotel (Casa Tucan) at 4pm. We checked in, showered, dropped our laundry around the corner, picked up some drinks and settled in to our very spacious and comfortable room. We headed out for dinner to Los Aguachiles at 7pm. We feasted on aguachile, fresh tuna and octopus tostadas, fish ceviche figurines (lettuce leaf cups) and smoky tuna tacos. The meal was fantastic, and doubly so because we started with complimentary tostadas and sauces. On our way back to the hotel we dropped into Fah ... read more
aguachile tostadas
playa beach
hotel tucan

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum April 30th 2016

HE SAID... Today we were changing countries, travelling north from Caye Caulker in Belize to Tulumin Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. We woke early at 5am and organised our packs for the long travel day ahead. We were heading to Tulum, so we had six hours of travel and a potentially lengthy border crossing ahead. We checked out of Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel at 6:30am, picked up the breakfast packs we had pre-ordered the day before from Amor y Cafe and made our way to the jetty on the beachfront. We left Caye Caulker around 7am and sped across the Caribbean Sea in an open water taxi to Belize City, arriving around 8am. We collected our bags, loaded them into a small minibus and left at 8:30am. We eventually found ourselves travelling Belize’s Northern Highway on our way ... read more
arrachera steak taco
taco al pastor marlin
huevos motulenos


HE SAID... This afternoon we were travelling northeast from Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve to Caye Caulker. On the drive from Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve to Belize City, derelict concrete houses dotted the highway, with little to no immediate reason why they had ever been built in the first place. On our arrival in Belize City at 4:15pm, our new driver (who replaced our street fighting driver who was sent home at breakfast) suddenly started making calls back to San Ignacio asking where the ferry terminal was. Not a good sign when we had a 4:30pm ferry to catch. We drove down roads, doubled back, asked service station attendants and finally found the ferry – only to be told by a policeman to move because we were blocking the road. Luckily, the policeman promised a parking spot ... read more
streets of caye caulker
streets of caye caulker
streets of caye caulker




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