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The journey so far.

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Rio to Livingston (for Belize) by river boat.

Lago de Izabal is Guatemala’s largest lake. Most visitors stay at Río Dulce village, north of the bridge where Hwy CA-13, the road leading north to Flores and Tikal, crosses the lake. East of this bridge is the beautiful Río … Continue reading

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Who needs fellow travellers.

“The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them”. Agnes Repplier. Prior to Flores, I had spent nearly twe weeks without meeting another traveller. Whilst this was good for my Spanish, and my budget, (places … Continue reading

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The amazing Mayan city of Tikal.

Abandoned by its original inhabitants more than a thousand years ago, Tikal remained unknown to outsiders for almost a millennium. In 1525, Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés passed within a few dozen miles of the place without learning of it. Likewise, … Continue reading

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Coban to Flores (for Tikal).

One of the excursions from Coban is a visit to Chemuc Champey, which I opted not to do (on this occasion). The revues for accomodation and getting there were variable to say the least. In addition, I always try and … Continue reading

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Coban, a culinary delight.

“The surprise is that you continue to be surprised.” ― Jill A. Davis. Not so much an attraction in itself, but an excellent jumping-off point for onward destinations. Cobán is a prosperous city with an upbeat feel. It also has … Continue reading

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Guatemala and its connection with Ironbridge (Shropshire).

 “During the reign of Queen Victoria Britain emerged as the most powerful trading nation in the world…” Paul Atterbury. British History In Depth. Salamá: The town itself is known for its ornate church (complete with grisly depiction of Jesus), bustling Sunday … Continue reading

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What’s the alternative?

‪”If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho. Traveller Tip: An alternative route to Salamá, and onto Coban, for Semuc Champey and/or Flores: For most travellers the main route from Panajachel to Coban is via … Continue reading

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The Art of Noise.

“No man should live where he can hear his neighbor’s dog bark”. ― Nathaniel Macon. In Central America there is no etiquette when it comes to noise, and noise levels; anything goes. In most public places, music or advertising can … Continue reading

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San Juan La Laguna.

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two”. Geoffrey Willans, English author and journalist. I was, generally speaking, never the brightest of pupils at school. And when it came to Mathematics and English, an even greater … Continue reading

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