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Edzna Mayan ruins Campeche main plaza

A day trip from Campeche to the Edzna Mayan ruins

I love a good Mayan ruin. If they’re of the lesser-visited variety like Edzná, so much the better. With a few days in the colourful Mexican city of Campeche on the western side of the Yucatán peninsula, a day trip to the Edzná ruins was too big a draw to resist. Getting from Campeche to […]

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How to visit Cacheuta hot springs from Mendoza

How to visit Cacheuta hot springs from Mendoza

Thermal waters + relaxation + mountain backdrop = a recipe for bliss. Here’s how to visit Cacheuta hot springs from Mendoza and what to expect when you get there. There are hot springs near Mendoza – who knew? That was my thought when flicking through my trusty Lonely Planet guidebook. The hot springs at Cacheuta […]

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copper canyon railway tickets - boarding the train at El Fuerte

How to buy Copper Canyon train tickets

Since March 2016, you can no longer buy Primera (first) class tickets on Mexico’s Copper Canyon train – boo! This post gives details on how to buy your Copper Canyon railway tickets before you travel, without having to pay a USD $100 tour operator premium. Andrew and I travelled on the Copper Canyon railway in October 2016, […]

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visit volcanoes in Nicaragua - Volcan Concepcion

How to visit volcanoes in Nicaragua without breaking (much of) a sweat

If you’re after large dose of volcano without an overdose of activity, here’s how to visit volcanoes in Nicaragua without breaking (too much of) a sweat. If volcanoes are your world then Nicaragua is your oyster. Situated where the Caribbean and Cocos tectonic plates collide, the country is home to some 19 volcanoes, at least […]

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my top 9 travel tips for Nicaragua - Leon cathedral

My top 9 travel tips for Nicaragua

Grab a cuppa coffee – or a fine batido (smoothie) – and read my top 9 travel tips for Nicaragua, an often-overlooked slice of Central America … Nicaragua has a spirit you can feel. World-class wildlife and a growing eco-tourism movement combine with a cacophony of noise, and locals who aren’t afraid to talk politics. It makes […]

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outdoor classes at La Mariposa Spanish language school Nicaragua

Is Spanish language school worth it?

To try and communicate better with local people when travelling, I enrolled in two weeks of Spanish language school in Nicaragua. Was it worth the effort? Seven years after first mastering enough Spanish to be able to order food, work out which bus I needed to be on, and make small talk about how cold […]

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Hopes and fears for long-term travel: Miami, Nicaragua and Colombia

Hopes and fears for long-term travel: Miami, Nicaragua and Colombia

That’s what’s going through my mind at 3am this morning. I’m wide awake, random thoughts churning through my head. I only do this when I’m worried about something. Normally me and sleep are very happy bedtime buddies. Tomorrow I travel to Miami, the start of a two-month journey that will also see me take in […]

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