Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

We spent two days in the towns surrounding Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is a caldera with three surrounding volcanoes. It is known as the “Mayan Atlantis” because divers have found ancient Mayan treasure in the middle of the lake. On the way, we moseyed through the famous Chichacastananga market. Chichacastananga means “place of the poison … More Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Rio Dulce is an eco lodge nestled between the river and the dense jungle of eastern Guatemala. The river connects a lake to the Atlantic Ocean, providing a thoroughfare for large yachts and catamarans making it a very wealthy area. It is known as a haven for wealthy and sometimes corrupt families of the country. … More Rio Dulce, Guatemala

San Ignacio, Belize

After our glorious three days in Caye Caulker, we headed on to San Ignacio. We opted out of the optional activity of seeing the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) caves since we have seen quite a few caves throughout our time exploring the United States. The ATM caves are famous for Mayan artifacts and intact skeletal … More San Ignacio, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

A few years ago, we stayed on Ambergris Caye in Belize for a week, where we obtained our PADI scuba certification. This time around, we stayed on Caye Caulker, another island in the Caribbean. Caye Caulker is more quaint than Ambergris Caye. The only mode of transport are golf carts and bicycles, everybody knows everybody, … More Caye Caulker, Belize

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum reminds me of an eclectic mix of hipster Portland and 60’s San Francisco with a beach bum vibe. Boutique hostels line the main street, dream catchers and drugs are sold nearly everywhere, and vegan/gluten free options abound. The Tulum ruins are most notable for the dramatic scenery. The ruins sit atop a cliff overlooking … More Tulum, Mexico

Merida, Mexico

Merida is hot. And when I say hot, I mean scorching and humid and exhausting. A short city walk nearly wiped me out with the only relief being the hotel pool. To survive the blistering afternoon, we did what all people do in that kind of weather. We drank. We went to a cantina in … More Merida, Mexico

Palenque, Mexico

Getting to Palenque seemed to take FOREVER. We left San Cristobal early in the morning to start the eight hour winding road to Palenque. The road is known for frequent closures due to protests, but we had received word that there wouldn’t be any protests on the day of our departure. That information was incorrect. … More Palenque, Mexico