Semuc Champay: Guatemala’s playground!

I woke at 5am to the sound of roosters and by the sun shining through the open side of the dorm. Unable to get back to sleep I took advantage of the light and took a walk around the hostel grounds. Having arrived in the dark it was the first chance I got to take…

A quick journey around Guatemala!

So after three and a half months managing the dive shop and not being able to (or really wanting to ) leave the Lake I decided to treat myself to a holiday. As one of the volunteers was leaving, and another had a day off we decided to make a trip of it and go…

2015: A year of growth and adventure

Travelled: 11 Countries 23 Cities 11 Flights 1 Land border Countless Sea borders       Diving: 100’s of people taken diving 4 Cenotes dived in 100’s of tanks filled 7 countries territories dived in 100’s dives in a volcanic crater lake Dived inside flooded buildings Activities: 2 Sets of caves adventured through 2 Volcanoes…

Antigua

  City Centre I first arrived into Guatemala after a night flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tired and weary I managed to get a shuttle directly into Antigua where I went straight to a hostel that had been previously recommended to me. After a short attempt at napping I didn’t even get chance to have…

The Final Stop of Brazil: Paraty onwards to Guatemala

Paraty town So a six hour bus ride south of Rio took me to the town of Paraty. This is a small colonial town with cobble stoned streets, white washed walls, local food and a great atmosphere. The historic town centre is actually chained off so there are no vehicles allowed which adds to its…

Rio: The city of contrasts!

I arrived to Rio late at night after a 4 hour flight during which I got to watch the beautiful sunset and a whole lot of dense forest. Overall a very smooth flight and after a 20 minute taxi journey this side I ended up at the hostel. The hostel was near to the centre of…

Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela to Manaus, Brazil

  The night bus   Getting buses in Venezuela is a nightmare, you have to book them on the day of departure and they are so rare most people end up showing up at 5am in order to get their night bus ticket. Needless to say, I wasn’t doing this. I asked my hostel (Conexion…

Puerto Ordaz, Ciudad Bolivar and Angel Falls

Puerto Ordaz Puerto Ordaz, now known as Ciudad Guyana is the largest growing city in Venezuela due to its combining of two old towns and its iron industry. Arriving here at night I did not get to see it in its full glory, however it is a city surrounded by Amazon rainforest. I did not…

Merida

  Merida: the tourist hub of Venezuela. The only thing is that in the current climate still the majority of tourists are nationals. I planned just to come here to see what it’s all about, to get away from the beach for a while and enjoy the scenery of the Andes. Arriving here I could see…

Parapente – Almost as awesome as diving…

For me scuba diving had always been my ultimate freedom, it’s serene, calming and blissful but today I did something that came close. I went paragliding. About a 30 minute drive from the town of Merida took me up higher into the Andes, a perfect location to jump off the top obviously. I went in…

Los Llanos – The land of the birds and animals

Looking around Merida it is the tourist hub of Venezuela and full of tour agencies offering many different tours and trips. Looking into one I could not believe the value of them, since there are very rarely tourists here the prices have dropped. This means I was able to take a 4 day 3 night…

The night bus dilemma

The denial So I did my research, I was going to get the night bus to Merida, they left at 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00 every night, perfect! I told Maxima my plan, he even called the bus company arranged it and said I needed to be there 2hours before the bus so he would arrange…