Back to Backpacking

Mexico

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Back to Backpacking

We are sitting in a hostel in Tulum, having newly checked in, and reflecting on our last two weeks of vacationing in Playa. Traveling the world is an amazing, wonderful thing, but taking a break for a good vacation is a fulfilling reminder of what else is out there. We lived the good life in [...]

Tulum: Mayan Ruins, Iguana Paradise

Mexico

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Tulum: Mayan Ruins, Iguana Paradise

The ruins at Tulum offer some of the most awe inspiring views of the Maya Riviera. Located on the cliffs overlooking the beach, the ruins are festooned with palm trees, bright orange brush flowers, and a healthy population of iguanas who have moved in and taken over. Quite comically, these lizards are everywhere- on top [...]

Only in Mexico

Mexico

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Only in Mexico

Everything feels like a celebration in Mexico, even a simple (yet incredible!) meal from a sidewalk taco cart. In standard form, we picked the place that seemed to draw a big crowd, looked at what others were ordering, and determined our meal based on what was best by popular vote. This method has served us [...]

Tequila Festival!

Mexico

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Tequila Festival!

Our timing in Playa del Carmen conveniently coincided with the Maya Riviera Tequila Festival. Although unplanned, we considered it somewhat of a destiny that we happened to be in town for it. Not ones to pass up things that are meant to be, we took the assignment in stride, put on our best ‘when in [...]

Playa: hard to hate.

Mexico

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Playa: hard to hate.

Miles of perfectly bright blue water stretching in both directions, white sand so subtle and soft it feels like a cloud. The sky and ocean seem to meet in perfect unison. Pelicans play tag in the marine breeze, the sun coats bronzing bodies and outlines the shape of offshore reefs. Playa del Carmen’s stretch of [...]

Bit by the dumb traveler bug

Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

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Bit by the dumb traveler bug

Because it has become a tradition for us in Central America, Dave and I crossed the Belize/Mexico border after dark, on foot, and without having exchanged currency. How this keeps happening, I don’t understand, but at least it makes for a good story… Guatemala to Mexico. It seemed like an easy enough trip until we [...]

On the road in Central America

Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala

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On the road in Central America

Contrary to our assumptions that Central America would be easy and convenient to travel, we’re finding that this region is riddled with challenging landscape and long overland delays. Our running joke has been that we ask at the bus station how long the next leg will take, then add two (or maybe 7) hours to [...]

Slowing down in Flores

Up into Guatemala’s northern region. A part of the country known for its rustic nature, heavily traveled ruins, and its reputation (at least in the rural parts) for being a bit more wild than the rest of the country. Our two nights on the lake island of Flores were a good beginning, but we plan [...]