Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize

The Caye you can drive to, as the locals say. We skipped Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, mostly because the ferries to the islands were complicated with our van but also because, as we’ve read, and confirmed through other travelers, they’re crowded. And gringo. Expats have driven up the prices and out the local charm. …

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Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo

Our first stop. Actually, the Tropical Education Center (TEC), an eco-reserve ran by the Zoo, was our first stop. They allow overlanders to camp in their parking lot. They also offer several cabanas for rent. TEC frontiers the jungle and features hiking and bird watching trails, an above-ground pool, meeting rooms, and a restaurant. TEC …

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Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel Adventure

Written by Everett. Typed by Dad. Date: 12th of April When we got to the Mariposa, we wanted to go in the pool, so we got on our swimsuits. It was 4ft to 5ft. The next day, we went to The Sidewalk. The next day, we went snorkeling at the second largest reef system in …

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Laguna Bacalar

Laguna Bacalar

Our last stop in Mexico. And a goodie. The lagoon of seven or seventy, depending on who is describing or who (like me) is listening and translating, colors. Mostly blue colors, however. All gorgeous. This, as much if not more so than all of the recommendations we’ve received in Mexico, lived up to the hype. …

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Mexico’s Caribbean

Mexico’s Caribbean

We spent the last week of March on the Caribbean side of Mexico. Mainly hiding. It was Spring Break in the US and Semana Santa (Easter week) in Mexico. Everyone was on vacation. Eh. Vree. One. But I suppose we’re everyone too. Tulum We initially stopped in Tulum. Tulum is famous for having one of …

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Mayan Ruins, Part Dos

Mayan Ruins, Part Dos

Cenotes Thousands of cenotes — sinkholes, some swimmable, some not — pepper the Yucatán peninsula. Cenotes are formed when limestone collapses into a subterranean water source. A vast costal aquifer resides under the Yucatán. Hence all the centoes. We crashed at one for a night in route to Chichen Itza. We were famished when we …

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Mayan Ruins, Part Uno

Mayan Ruins, Part Uno

Well, we had our first mishap with the van, in route from San Cristobal de Las Casas to Palenque. The road was narrow, hilly, curvy, and infested with topes and semi-trucks. Semiremolques, as they state in Spanish on their rear doors. Slow going in other words. I must’ve passed dozens of, or at least a …

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San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

High in the estadio de Chiapas — 7,200 ft. base elevation — San Cristóbal embodies much of what I like in a town: Encompassing, evergreen mountains. Seasoned, stone buildings. Whimsical, walkable streets. And cute, craft shops and restaurants. It’s the type of town I could see myself loving. Living. A sister town of my soul. …

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La Jungle, Catemaco, Mexico

La Jungle, Catemaco, Mexico

This place almost became our personal Heart of Darkness. We arrived at dusk, after a tortuous drive on Highway 175. The road to the campground (see video below) was barely wide enough for our van. Barely driveable without four-wheel drive. Yet captivating. You wanted to see what was at the end of the road. You …

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The Cloud Mountains of Oaxaca

The Cloud Mountains of Oaxaca

The two-night locale. A location in route to another location. A stopover. A necessity. A spot between better spots. A spot that, if had it sucked, would’ve been a one-night spot. However, something about it, something cool or unique or something, added a night. Ecoturixtlan was a two-night locale. Ixtlán de Juárez We’d planned to …

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