20 Best Things To Do In Monteverde, Costa Rica

zip lining in monteverde cloud forest

I knew when I spotted the roaring fire in the hotel bar that Monteverde wasn’t like the rest of the places I’d visited in Costa Rica, but then I’d just entered the land of cloud forests so I wasn’t expecting it to be. I only spent a couple of nights – welcomingly cool night – … Read more

Complete Guide To Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica

canals with trees in tortuguero national park

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the more difficult it is to reach a place, the more rewarding it is when you get there. That’s proven true on so many of my trips (Copper Canyon, Bocas del Toro, Senegal to name a few). However, it’s a truth not to be taken for granted in … Read more

12 Best Things To Do In Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica

black and white capuchin monkey sat in a tree in manuel antonio national park

The light woke me. I blinked, looked out of the bus window and smiled as I saw slithers of golden beach and aqua ocean glinting beyond the shade of the trees. This is the Costa Rica I came for. Even the air had changed. I wasn’t in San Jose anymore. Manuel Antonio is one of … Read more

12 Best Things To Do In San Jose, Costa Rica

national theatre exterior in san jose

Most people shoot through San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and I get it – with sprawling concrete and growling traffic, it’s a far cry from the rainforests and beaches you came to Central America to see. And if you’re on a short trip, there are definitely better places to visit in Costa Rica’s … Read more

Banged-Up in A Panama Prison – Tim’s Backpacking Story

Prison cell seen through prison bars

“I spent nearly a week in a Panama prison,” Tim told me. He was dressed like Hansel (from Hansel and Gretel – did I mention it was Halloween?) and as a clean-cut guy from a small town in Australia, he looked like the least likely character to be doing time anywhere, let alone in Central America. … Read more

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia – What It’s Really Like

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia with sea view

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia and climbing the highest points of each country in between? Given I’m very wobbly on two feet, let alone on wheels, I can’t proudly claim that achievement, but Thomas Laussermair can. Taking a staggering 14 months and who knows how much energy expended, Thomas has kindly agreed to share a synopsis … Read more

From Semuc Champey to Flores: The Chicken Bus Route

There I was in Semuc Champey, the middle of Guatemalan nowhere, I’d explored the caves, toured the mirador, swung in a hammock for a decent amount of time, I was ready to move on. My next stop in Guatemala would be Flores and the jungle-shrouded Maya ruins of Tikal. All I had to do was … Read more

How NOT to Visit Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Semuc Champey green stepped pools

When I visited Semuc Champey in Gautemala, I did everything wrong. Here’s how not to do it and how to visit properly. Don’t decide visit without knowing what it is Semuc Champey was the word on everyone’s lips in Guatemala. I mean EVERYONE! Never mind Antigua or even Tikal, visit Semuc Champey was THE thing … Read more

Isla De Ometepe: My Barefoot Volcano Hike

Volcano on Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe is very simply an island comprised of two conical volcanos looming out of Lake Nicaragua. What else was there to do on the island but to climb them (or at least one of them)? It was a decision that would bring me the closest to a near death situation on my trip … Read more