Central America


The Best of Mexico
I have visited Mexico twice, heading to the same destination both times – the Yucatan Peninsular. The Yucatan Peninsular is where Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum are found, and what an amazing part of the world this is. The area hosts absolutely perfect beaches and endless underground cenotes to explore. This area of Mexico feels very developed and safe and one I would recommend to solo travellers. The first time I visited was solo and I explored the area via public bus. To be honest, the area feels quite Americanised and most locals speak basic english. The Best of Mexico is highlighted through photos in this blog. Playa Del Carmen and Cancun Cancun is the most popular area in the region, commonly visited during “spring break”. You will fly into Cancun and from there you can choose to stay or head down the peninsular to Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. The photos below are from Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. Playa Del Carmen Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres is an island off the coast of Cancun. We sailed from Cancun to Isla Mujeres on a day trip, stopping along the way to go snorkelling in the perfect crystal clear waters. Our […]

The Best of Mexico


Barrels in Playa Maderas
Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Nicaragua was my favourite place in Central America, so far. This post shares the highlight of my trip. San Juan Del Sur  San Juan Del Sur is a small coastal town on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. San Juan Del Sur is the hub for exploration of Nicaragua’s toned and tanned southern beaches. While San Juan itself doesn’t have an amazing beach or great surf, you can easily get shuttles either 30 minutes North or South to find waves. San Juan Del Sur is the best location for restauraunts and nightlife, and is home to Central America’s biggest party, Sunday funday, that attracts hundreds of foreign travellers each week. See my San Juan Del Sur Destination Guide here             Check out my San Juan Del Sur Destination Guide here Isla De Ometepe Isla De Ometepe is an island on Lake Nicaragua. The Island of Ometepe is made up  two volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, which are joined by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass. The volcanos are popular for […]

The Best of Nicaragua – Central America



Lake Apoyo
Apoyo Lagoon was one of my favorite destinations in Nicaragua. Apoyo Lagoon is a nature reserve located between Granada and Masaya. The lake is a crater formed from a volcano eruption more than 20,000 years ago. Apoyo lagoon is the clearest lake in the region, as well as the deepest geological point in Central America. The glistening deep blue Crater Lake is the perfect location to swim, dive, sail, paddle or relax. I recommend taking a few days to chill out at Lake Apoyo, after a few months of backpacking I certainly enjoyed it. Things to do Lake Apoyo There isn’t much to do at Apoyo Lake other than relax, soak up the sun, drink cocktails, swim, kayak and if you are interested you can Scuba Dive. From Hostel Paradiso you can arrange tours. We took a tour called Pablo Escobar that went to 4 locations, Masaya Volcano, Masaya Markets, Lake Apoyo Lookout and another market. We paid $40 for 4 people- $10 each, so well worth it. Dont miss the Lake Apoyo Lookout. Recommended length of stay I recommend staying in Lake Apoyo for 2 nights, however if you are low on time you could do a day trip. […]

Backpackers Guide to Lake Apoyo – Nicaragua


Isla De Ometepe is an island on Lake Nicaragua, in Nicaragua, Central America. The Island of Ometepe is made up  two volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, which are joined by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass. The volcanos are popular for hiking and bird watching. Isla De Ometepe is still reasonably undeveloped so dont expect to many luxuries, instead prepare for a true Nicaraguan experience.  Things to do Isla De Ometepe San Ramon waterfall: Is located on the southern side of Maderis Volcano. From Hacienda Merida we hired bikes and rode to the trailhead. From the trailhead it is a 3km hike that takes about 1.5 hours (one way). It is difficult towards the end but even without hiking experience, anyone could make it up. Monkey Island: Hire kayaks from Hacienda Merida and kayak 30 minutes out to the islands. Santa Domingo Beach: Is a popular beach on the island. Lay on the sand, drink fresh coconuts and cool down in Nicaragua Lake. Ojo de agua: These mineral water swimming holes are a great place to relax after hiking. Hike Volcano Maderas or Volcano Concepcion: Both extremely strenuous hikes and may not be worth it in […]

Backackers Guide to Isla De Ometepe – Nicaragua



Granada Nicaragua
Granada is a colonial city in western Nicaragua, Central America. The streets are filled with history, vibrant colours, churches, cathedrals, museums, markets and a lively atmosphere. Granada has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure. I enjoyed Granada and recommend checking it out, but I definitely do prefer being out of the city and in the mountains, volcanos and beaches instead. Recommended length of stay I recommend staying in Granada for 2 nights and Laguna de Apoyo for 1. Currency Nicaraguan Cordoba and US Dollars. Things to do in Granada Nicaragua Iglesia de La Merced: Climb the bell tour to get an unbeatable view of Granada and Mombacho Volcano. I highly recommend this and it only costs $1. Lake Nicaragua: Walk down to the lake side and soak up the sun. Chocolate tours: ChocoMuseo is a popular company to take chocolate tours with. Day or overnight trips Laguna de Apoyo: Was one of my favorite destinations in Nicaragua. Apoyo Lagoon is a nature reserve located between Granada and Masaya. The lake is a crater formed from a volcano eruption more than 20,000 years ago. Apoyo lagoon is the clearest lake in the region, as well as the deepest geological point […]

Backpackers Guide to Granada – Nicaragua


Sunset in San Juan Del Sur
San Juan Del Sur is a small coastal town on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. San Juan Del Sur is the hub for exploration of Nicaraguas toned and tanned southern beaches. While San Juan itself doesnt have an amazing beach or great surf, you can easily get shuttles either 30 minutes North or South to find waves. San Juan Del Sur is the best location for restauraunts and nightlife, and is home to Central Americas biggest party, Sunday funday, that attracts hundreds of foreign travellers each week.   Things to do in San Juan Del Sur Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia: This viewpoint overlooks San Juan Del Sur offering an amazing view. Sunset is a great time to hike to this viewpoint. The viewpoint is located where you see jesus from town. Sunday Funday: San Juan Del Sur is renowned for its party scene, in particular Sunday Funday, held every Sunday across three venues in San Juan Del Sur. After attending a Sunday Funday, you will understand what all the hype is about. When passing through make sure you don’t miss Central Americas biggest party. To secure your spot at one of the party hostels arrive to San Juan on […]

Backpackers Guide to San Juan Del Sur – Nicaragua



Boquete is a small town on the Caldera River, in the green mountain highlands of Panama, 60 kilometres from Costa Rica. The town is best known for its abundance of coffee farms and Volcano Baru, Central America’s highest volcano that offers views of both the Pacific and Caribbean ocean from the top. Boquete is an adventure packed destination offering just about an activity you can think of from Zip lining, horse riding, ATV tours, rock climbing, river rafting, you name it, you can do it in Boquete. I loved the little town of Boquete as I love hiking and recommend visiting if you are passing through Panama.   Things to do in Boquete Boquete is a small town in the green mountain highlands of Panama. Although small, it is an adventure seekers paradise offering a range of adventure activities. Hike Volcano Baru: Panamas highest point and only volcano. This strenuous 28km return trip hike offers views of the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Ocean and Costa Rica. The hike is tough and in poor weather may not be worth it. Tour Coffee Farms: Boquete is nestled amongst many coffee farms. I love coffee and had no knowledge of its production so I really enjoyed the tour […]

Backpackers Guide to Boquete – Panama


Panama-City
Ancon Hill A MUST DO in Panama City. Ancon Hill is a nature hike with a bird-eyes view of Casco Viejo, modern Panama City and the Panama Canal. The path is lined by thriving rainforest taking about 2 hours return. You can take a taxi there and ask the driver to come back for you in a couple of hours.  Casco Viejo Casco Viejo is the historic district and cultural gem of Panama City, built by Spanish colonialists around 1673. The vibrant and coulourful neighbourhood is filled with homes, churches, cathedrals, museums, restaurants and shops. Spend a day exploring the streets and admiring the architecture build through many different historic phases. Come back at night to enjoy a great selection of restaurants and nightlife spots. Isla Taboga Isla Taboga is located about 20 kilometers from Panama City and is a popular place to escape to from the city. On Isla Taboga you can relax on the Sandy beaches, ride jet skis or take a fishing charter. First settled by the Spanish in 1515, Isla Taboga has a charming village with the second-oldest church in the western hemisphere, a few narrow streets with a few restaurants and great views to Panama […]

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