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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Beautiful Antigua!

Antigua Guatemala is the former capital city of Guatemala, but it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1773, in fact many of the churches are still in ruins. The town is completely cobbled, and except for churches all buildings are low level with huge wooden doors and beautiful internal courtyards. It is the playground … Continue reading »

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Glad we didn’t go to Bali!!

This trip is more like a holiday with bikes. Look at the map, we have hardly come any distance!! We checked out the road west into the mountains. As far as the next village there is a cycle lane (!) but within 2km twelve heavy lorries rumbled by. After the village the road narrows, not … Continue reading »

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When the last 10km feels like 20!

Never listen to a non cyclist describing a route! Technically she was correct: yesterday we did decend from over 500m to sea level, so we set off without looking at the contours expecting an easy ride. But within the first hour we had dropped 300m and climbed 250m twice. For over 100km we rolled along steep … Continue reading »

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Another country, another lake…

We meet so many interesting and unusual people out here. At Tikal we walked for a while with rugged type Indiana Jones, an old school leather case of papers, boots, a leather body harness to support his cameras as he searched for obscure Mayan reservoirs. He visited the tallest Mayan temple, the Mirador temple, a … Continue reading »

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The forest steals the show!

A day off in San Ignacio entails a 7am start (to avoid midday heat) to cycle south of town through the rain forest on a minor road. It was beautiful to see such verdant forest: peaceful, and at that time of the morning, lots of birdsong.  40% of Belize is protected from development – impressive … Continue reading »

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It’s certainly different!

A triple whammy today: heat, headwind and hills, but it was interesting, incredibly green, lots of waves and smiles, and being Saturday, a few enthusiastic cycle clubs ( there are so few roads here, they nearly all ride between the old capital (Belize city) and the border with Guatemala). We planned to ride to Dangriga … Continue reading »

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Belize!!

Crossing the border into Belize was an isolating experience with its severe security: an empty 2km road in no man’s land – with enough razor wire to withstand a zombie apocalypse perhaps? And a customs officer who accepted proof of our pre-paid exit fee through BA but insisted on a second payment as we were … Continue reading »

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Leaving Mexico (again)

Who knew I could be charmed by Mexico? Me encanta Bacalar!! We stayed in Bacalar for six nights, reluctantly cycling into Chetumal this morning, to cross the border into Belize tomorrow. The kind family-loving people, who like to laugh and dance ( we salsa’d on the jetty), the colourful spicy food, super considerate drivers…. Two … Continue reading »

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Bacalor

Bacalar is part of Mexico’s  “Pueblos Mágicos/Magical Towns Programme” – a tourist department initiative to promote towns that offer visitors a “magical” experience because of their “natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance”, not just sun, bars  and beaches. It certainly works for us! We planned to stay for two nights but have booked for five! … Continue reading »

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Six days in Mexico

It has taken six days to finally adjust to the heat, food and time difference. This morning I slept right through to 5.30am, not woken at 3 by UK time, or itching from mosquito bites, or, during one night, several loud farts – yes, my own! Groggy sleep to instant alertness in microseconds, then relief, … Continue reading »

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