June - September 2017
  • Day70

    Volcán Fuego at night

    August 28, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Camping on Volcán Acatenango, watching Volcan Fuego erupt all night (literally goes off a few times an hour!). Fair to say I didn't get much sleep that night - had too much fun playing with long exposure shots and night time photography! Luckily we had a campfire going -Not so warm at 3000mRead more

  • Day67

    Antigua

    August 25, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Antigua, Guatemala - the old capital, the city amongst 3 volcanoes (one very active!), the home of pimped up chicken buses. A beautiful old Spanish colonial city but also a weird Americanised tourist trap where you can find McDonald's, burger king, dunken Donuts etc etc - none of which I went to of course!

    Spent days exploring the ruins of old building (it's also earthquake country) and learning about the culture of all the indigenous tribes, many still present and doning their traditional dress, each distinct for their region.

    Spent nights playing pool and drinking craft beer with backpackers and locals alike (and discovering that apparently after a pint I'm a pool shark!); learning a little salsa (difficult in thongs/flip flops) and partying at an all night "pool party" 30 mins out of town and getting very excited when the DJ starts playing a song from Aussie band Rüfus. *The dancefloor was at the bottom of an empty pool.

    It definitely wasn't 'real' Guatemala but it sure was fun!
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  • Day66

    Ruta del las Flores

    August 24, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Quick pit stop on la Ruta at a coffee farm in Apeneca. Real espresso!!! Surprisingly good! Nice for a wonder around the farm, didn't want to risk getting lost in the hedge- maze given the approaching dark clouds!Read more

  • Day65

    Tazumal

    August 23, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Mayan ruins in El Salvador - Never realised the Mayans reached this far south. Unfortunately the ruins were damaged by earthquakes and bad weather, so much so that somewhere covered with cement to "preserve" them. Others have been left unexcavated. Undoubtedly not as impressive as those in Mexico. Obviously the Mayan figured out it was not a good idea to build very tall structures in this region!Read more

  • Day65

    Santa Ana - The old art school

    August 23, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Spent the afternoon visiting the old art school in the town of Santa Ana - severely damaged by an earthquake, the ruins are now a site in themselves. Great place to practice some photo composition.

  • Day64

    Santa Ana - the volcano!

    August 22, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Got a ride with some Slovenian guys who live in New Zealand to hike up to Volcan Santa Ana. Unfortunately lots of clouds meant no great views on the way up but the clouds managed to clear for us to see into the crater lake full of boiling water, made green by the sulfur. Checked out the beautiful Lago de Coatepeque on the way back. Volcanoes certainly make for some stunning landscape!Read more

  • Day63

    Santa Ana - the city

    August 21, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Santa Ana - the regional centre of the north west department of El Salvador, a city full of lovely people and hire possibly one of the best hostels in the world (Hostel Casa Verde- Carlos knows exactly what backpackers need, including a kitchen kitted out with a full spice rack!). Great base for exploring the region!Read more