Costa Rica to Panama, with a side of sloth

While I initially planned to just skip straight through Costa Rica to Panama, I changed my mind and decided to check out the Caribbean coast for a couple of days. I headed off from San Jose to the little seaside town of Cahuita, not far from Puerto Viejo. Advertisements

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica

It certainly wasn’t the warmest welcome to Costa Rica for me. After a dream run from Ometepe on the bus, ferry and other bus through to the  border, and a quick exit from Nicaragua, I was suddenly hit a massive line on the Costa Rican side followed by an hour delay for the next bus…

From one turtle to another! El Salvador to Nicaragua by boat

This was our most fun border crossing to date, complete with island-hopping, birdwatching, swimming and rocking up to the Nicaraguan immigration office in bathers/boardies. It wasn’t the cheapest option, but it was definitely a unique way to travel and we made it safely from one turtle hostel to another: Tortuga Verde (the Green Turtle) near…

A day of chicken buses! Xela, Guatemala to Juayua, El Salvador

(Day 59) This was a long  day of riding buses and crossing borders! We had ummed and ahhed over whether to take a shuttle from Guatemala to El Salvador, or try the local chicken buses. The chicken bus route sounded a bit daunting, with many transfers and with more risk to our luggage (as bags all…

My my – Mayan ruins galore!

We thought we’d seen some pretty speccy ruins at Tulum (and you can’t beat Tulum for its beach setting) but the archaeological sites of Palenque, Mexico and Tikal, Guatemala were just amazing!