Monthly Archives: Jan 2017

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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Jabel Tinamit.

“Be genuinely interested in everyone you meet and everyone you meet will be genuinely interested in you”. Rasheed Ogunlaru. One week on from my arrival in Panajachel, and the start of my Spanish classes: We have a new addition to … Continue reading

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Feliz Año Nuevo.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey. Firstly, Happy New Year or, as they say here in Latin America, “Feliz Año Nuevo”. 2016 was another (equally) incredible and surprising year, as well … Continue reading

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