Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cabo de San Juan Tayrona

One of Colombia's best beaches found in parque Tayrona

2hr boat trip from the bay of Taganga, normally only 1hr, but our trip was a very rough ride; cold, wet and a mouth full of salt water.

Start of the 2 hr walk to the main highway

There was 2 horses available

Thursday, 26 February 2015


Great place to base yourself for tours to Tayrona national Park and Sierra Nevada. Once was a fishing village, now many hotels and restaurants. The beach is very dirty. We stayed at Hostel Pelican 100 mill / night for 4 people.

Walking to the next bay

View of bay

Fruit juice

Mango juice


Camarones and rice


Dirty beach and stinks of piss

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Playa Blanca Cartagena

that is part of the peninsular of Barú and less than an hour south of Cartagena. The best way to get here is in a group of 4, is to pay a taxi from Cartagena. We stayed the night in a tent and was very relaxed when all the tourists have gone home. The beach looks clean, but the other-side is just full of plastic bottles and bags.

Our 5 star camping

Dinner under cellphone light

Typical lunch

One of the many dogs you will see


Fruit breakfast

Monday, 23 February 2015

Cartagena de Indias

Very Hot! with a lot of traffic and not everyone likes this place!
We Stayed first night at Hostel Mamallena ($120 mill 4 people) on Media Luna, only 5 minute walk from the old city. The next night we camped on Playa Blanca you can take a taxi from Media Luna $55. There are many hotels/hostels, bars and restaurants in this street, also touts who will help you find a place to stay, but is easy to find somewhere. There are also some roads off Media Luna that are worth a look.
Taxi Airport $10 col, Bus Terminal $15 col

Medio Luna Caragena


Cartagena de Indias

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Rovira Tolima

The geographical setting is determined by the watersheds of three major rivers.
Coffee is the main agriculture.
33k's south from Ibague

Jugo de lulo

Pollo a la plancha

Friday, 13 February 2015

Rio Dulce Izabel

is a river in Guatemala, completely contained within the department of Izabal. It is part of a lake and river system that has become a popular cruising sailboat destination. About 30 miles by boat from Livingston and the Caribbean.

Bus from Flores 3.5 hrs and Guatemala City 5.5 hrs and 1 hr on to La Antigua. you can buy your ticket direct at the Litegua bus terminal, twice daily.

Best place to eat in Rio Dulce:- Bruno's Hotel & Marina

Back Packers Dorm

Bridge over Rio Dulce
Very noise with lorries day & night!
Just after the river flows from Lake Izabal it is spanned by one of the biggest bridges in Central America. On one side of the bridge is the town of Fronteras, commonly referred to by the name Río Dulce, the local center of commerce for the area. Fronteras has a local vegetable market, attracting locals from the countryside who arrive in dugout canoes.

View of river and Back Packers dorm from top of bridge

Walking over the bridge

Huevos rancheros is a popular breakfast dish comprising eggs, beans, fried plantains and salsa from the main street in Rio Dulce.

Time to relax by the river and update Blog!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Tikal & Flores

Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city found in the beautiful rain forest of Northern Guatemala.

Be-aware of scams from some tour agents in Flores. Especially when arriving by shuttle, upon arriving to Flores your driver will pick up a man claiming to be a travel agent (Known locally as Coyotes) who will tell you all ATM's on the Flores Island are out of cash. He will tell you he has the cheapest tours and that the ONE TIME ONLY prices he is offering couldn't be beat. This man works or touts for other agents in town and makes his %. He also double crosses shuttle drives by not paying them, this type of business gives all the agents a bad name!
Buses to: Tikal, Beliz, Rio Dulce and La Antigua can all be taken from the main bus terminal in Santa Elena, that you can walk to or take a tuk tuk for Q5 per person. The buses can be 1/2 the cost you pay to a agent in Flores.
We brought our tickets to Rio Dulce 1 hour before departure, from Fuente Del Norte bus line.
For bus times:- The Bus Schedule Guatemala

"Cajeros" Cash Machines only except Visa & Maximum withdrawal is Q2000.00 maybe a charge. B5 Cajeros works and can be found in the supermarket in Flores or there are many cajeros in Santa Elena that you can easily walk to across the coursway and turn 2nd right.

Main plaza at sunrise. View from Temple VI

Sunrise view from Temple VI

Temple 1 main plaza

Temple 2 main plaza

Temple V stands south of the Central Acropolis and is the mortuary pyramid of an as yet unidentified ruler. The temple stands 57 metres (187 ft) high, making it the second tallest structure at Tikal - only Temple IV is taller.

Flores is a town in Petén, Guatemala. The town is an island on Lago Petén Itzá, connected to land by a causeway

Cobble streets

Colonial buildings

Street food setting up for sunset

Lago Petén Itzá