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On Belizean roads

On Belizean roads

Just as in Costa Rica last year, we did not drive ourselves in Belize, instead taking advantage of the private transfer options offered by the resorts we were staying at. That decision saved us a lot of aggravation with the uneven quality, shall we say, of the Belizean roads, major…

Belize Reef Islands (and WHS #171)

Belize Reef Islands (and WHS #170)

One of the gorgeous days while in Hopkins, we went on an “island hopping” expedition to visit several cayes that are strung along the Belize Barrier Reef. Some of these tiny islands are nothing but greenery atop sandy banks, while others are built up with resorts and even have small…

Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins, Belize

For the second portion of our stay in Belize in December, we were based in the seaside town of Hopkins. Now, I believe I have sufficiently established throughout all of my travels that I am not much of a beach person. As much as I like dipping in the sea…

Chasing World Heritage: #170 (Tikal)

Chasing World Heritage: #169 (Tikal)

Tikal is one of the most important monuments left behind by the Mayan civilization. The history of the huge – in the context of times – city spans over fifteen centuries, reaching its apex between 200 and 900 CE before rapidly declining at the beginning of the 10th century. It…

Xunantunich Mayan Site, Belize

Xunantunich Mayan Site, Belize

Abandoned cities of the Mayan Empire dot the landscape across Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Belize. Some are quite famous (think Chichen Itza, which I visited over a decade ago, or Tikal, which will be the subject of an upcoming post). Others are much less known. Xunantunich, practically on…

San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio, Belize

Our trip to Belize at the end of the last year was split between two locations, one inland and one on the coast. The inland one was near the town of San Ignacio in the western Belize district of Cayo. This was a great base for visiting Mayan ruins, swimming…

A few crosc and road shots

A few crocs and road shots

Whenever we venture outside of the major urban centers on our travels, I drive. Not having to depend on strangers for transportation and enjoying the unconstrained ability to stop and explore something of interest along the way are a couple of reasons that always tip the scales toward getting behind…

Around Manuel Antonio

Around Manuel Antonio

The pattern established in Arenal continued on the Pacific-coast leg of our Costa Rican trip. We went on a number of excursions in the Manuel Antonio National Park area – beaches, surfing, driving ATVs, dipping into the waterfall cascades – and in almost all instances my camera remained at the…

Around Arenal

Around Arenal

I doubt that anyone would ever expect surpassing nature photography from me. Therefore, you will not be overly disappointed by the realization that I have little in the form of exceptional from our stay in the Arenal National Park area in Costa Rica. We went ziplining, dipped in hot springs…

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

Hardly anyone budgets time for San Jose beyond an overnight stop on the way to other destinations in Costa Rica when the flight schedule dictates so. Spending time in the capital city in a country that is famous for its sun, sea, rainforests, and fauna sounds a bit wasteful. That…

A few more from Panama City

A few more from Panama City

To state the obvious, you can only see so much of a place when time is limited. While in Panama City on a layover that spanned two nights and one full day, we managed to set foot in three major locations of interest. Casco Antiguo and the archaeological site of…

Chasing World Heritage: #165 (Panama City)

Chasing World Heritage: #164 (Panama City)

The World Heritage site in Panama City, inscribed for being the oldest continuously occupied European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas, comprises two components. Both somewhat confusingly have the moniker “old” in their names. Casco Viejo (or Casco Antiguo) is the historic heart of the city but is…

Re-counting World Heritage sites: #6 (San Juan)

In what feels like ages ago but is merely a matter of less than two decades, we were recent American immigrants still awaiting naturalization and possessing decidedly limited financial means. In those prehistoric times, our travel journeys were few and far in between and normally limited to north-American locations where…

Chichen-Itza

As promised, below is a selection of photos taken on my tour of Chichen-Itza.                 Very impressive, but tinged with disappointment. I was looking forward to climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid, only to learn that visitors have not been allowed…