Earlier this year, Andy and I spent 4 weeks in Central America in Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. We were traveling with Andy’s parents for the two weeks we were in Panama, and then we were on our own for two weeks in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. We did more activities in Panama than we […]
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One place in Costa Rica we were really looking forward to was La Fortuna, the town closest to Arenal Volcano. Because of the volcano, the area is know for hot springs and thermal baths, and this sounded like the perfect ending to our 4 weeks in Central America. Here’s how we spent 3 days in […]
Leon, Nicaragua is not visited nearly as much as other parts of the country, like the pretty town of Granada. Maybe that’s why I wanted to go there. Andy and I had already vetoed the idea of going to Ometepe, a laid back island in Lake Nicaragua that sounded a bit too rustic for what […]
After spending two weeks in Panama, it was time to say good-bye. Our next stop was Granada, Nicaragua. It’s one of the most popular spots in Nicaragua and is often compared to Antigua, Guatemala. We loved Antigua, so we were really looking forward to exploring Granada.
To round out our Panama vacation, we spent some time in Bocas del Toro, a beachy set of islands on the Atlantic side. It was a mostly relaxing few days, and it gave us yet another side of Panama to enjoy, since we had already experienced Panama City’s urban landscape and Boquete’s forests and mountains.
Boquete is one of the most popular places to visit in Panama. Its higher elevation means milder temperatures, but it’s still warm. Because of its environment, Boquete has ideal conditions for growing coffee and appeals to those who want to explore nature. The pictures looked gorgeous, so we knew we’d be visiting Boquete on our […]
Panama might not be the most popular country in Central America, but it’s where our winter escape started this year, and I was surprised by how much I liked what we saw of the country. We began our trip in Panama City and found that there are a lot more things to do in Panama […]
This winter we didn’t do our normal lengthy cold weather escape. It didn’t quite work out the way we had hoped the last few times, so we decided this year to take a few weeks to travel somewhere warm without working. For a little over three weeks, we traveled between Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El […]
I used to say that all I needed out of a hotel or hostel was that it had to be safe and it had to be clean. I didn’t care much beyond that. It was simply a place to sleep. But lately, whether it’s due to a string of not-so-great hotels or due to the […]
Antigua is one of the most popular destinations in Guatemala. This Spanish colonial town attracts travelers who want to learn Spanish, people on church missions, and quite often, people who want to climb a volcano. Several of them sit close enough to the city to be easily seen, and trips to hike up them, especially […]