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Ruta De Las Flores


East-central El Salvador is plump with rolling green coffee plantations perched on the sides of volcanoes, wild flowers blooming, and a string of small towns known as the "Flower Route". Although the country is beautiful, I found myself taking more photos of the people, the true treasures of El Salvador.

Blog - Ruta Del Salvador

31 files, last one added on Dec 16, 2009
Album viewed 37 times

Playa El Tunco


Volcanic black-sand beaches, amazing surf, perfect weather, and swaying palms are a traditional El Salvadorean recipe for stress. Tired of living out of a backpack and always looking for the next adventure? This is where to recharge.

Blog - Bare Ash Beach

22 files, last one added on Dec 19, 2009
Album viewed 36 times



Another colonial town, this time in Nicaragua, where I found myself reunited with Phil and Jez and we met two Aussie girls (Fran and Ronja) with whom we donned our Santa hats and tobogganed down an active volcano.

Blog - Kings of Leon

63 files, last one added on Dec 24, 2009
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Granada is a gem of a colonial town, kept beautiful with pride and great people. We spent Christmas there and at nearby Laguna de Apoyo, a crater lake with crystal clear water and lots to do.

Blog - Christmas in Granada

57 files, last one added on Dec 28, 2009
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Ometepe is an island in the middle of giant inland Lake Nicaragua, formed much like the island of Maui by two volcanoes and an isthmus of volcanic soil connecting them. And it is a place where we made some really bad decisions involving bike rides and waterfalls.

Blog - Folly in Ometepe

34 files, last one added on Dec 29, 2009
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San Juan del Sur


A full moon, the eve of a new decade, and a group of great people to ring in the new year made San Juan del Sur a stop to remember on this long trip southward.

Blog - 2010..9..8 San Juan del Sur! Happy New Year!

68 files, last one added on Jan 04, 2010
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Northern Nicoya


After far too long baking at the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border, my first stop was Playa del Coco on the Nicoya peninsula. Sickness and more gringos than you can possibly imagine did not start the trip well, and Tamarindo the town wasn't much better, but meeting Phil, Jez, and some cool backpackers there definitely was.

Blog - Northern Nicoya 'ncounters

20 files, last one added on Jan 09, 2010
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La Fortuna de Monteverde


Costa Rica's centre is cool, green, and the place to get your fill of adventure in Central America - if you can afford it. Ziplining in Monteverde is a must and the town of La Fortuna is a hub for hot springs, volcano views, and more. If only the weather would cooperate.

Blog - La Fortuna de Costa Rica
Blog - Superman Comes to Monteverde

70 files, last one added on Jan 12, 2010
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Carribean Costa Rica


Finally back on the Caribbean coast for the first time since Belize, I was greeted in Cahuita by a rain storm and tropical depression. Eventually, it passed, I met up with Phil and his brother Perry and we drove down to Puerto Viejo and the nearby beaches.

Blog - Cahuita Raining, Please!
Blog - Carribean Costa

60 files, last one added on Jan 19, 2010
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Bocas del Toro


The most amazing place in Central America? Look no further. An archipelago of islands with surfing, snorkeling, diving, dolphins, beaches, parties, good food, and all of these things in multiple places. Just hop a water taxi and find another paradise.

Blog - In the Mouth of the Bull

77 files, last one added on Jan 30, 2010
Album viewed 48 times



Beautiful Boquete is lodged in the western Panamanian mountains at the base of Volcan Baru, the only volcano and highest point in Panama from which you can see both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. To get to this viewpoint, however, the trail is flooded with tears.

Blog - The Last Volcano

20 files, last one added on Jan 31, 2010
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Santa Catalina


Manta Rays and Whalesharks are both at the top of my SCUBA diving todo list and here, I was surprised to discover, is a place that for the moment has both. Well off the beaten path but beautiful, quiet, and relaxing, Santa Catalina and nearby Coiba Island were beautiful.

Blog - Santa Catalina

23 files, last one added on Feb 01, 2010
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Random files - Central America
14 viewsShannon and I hanging out.
20 viewsThere go the waterfalls in the distance.
Wave Attack13 viewsOne of my favourite shots of the day.
12 viewsYup. More cave scenery.
Beach View29 viewsA great place to study Spanish.
19 viewsEscape stairs. You might survive high tide but you'd be stuck at a gate above, left to wait.
5 viewsJez resorted to drinking beer by the pitcher. They do like it warm in England, to be fair.
25 viewsAfter standing near molten hot lava on not surprisingly warm rocks, these shoes had seen their last volcano.

Last additions - Central America
28 viewsDina and Mats wave goodbye as we have to take a speedboat to Capurgana for immigration and hotel.Feb 16, 2010
36 viewsCapurgana - as far as we were going to make it that day, or for that matter, two days.Feb 16, 2010
29 viewsAt last, Colombia is just off the bow.Feb 16, 2010
30 viewsOur first stop in Colombia, though we didn't actually visit the town, Sapzurro.Feb 16, 2010
32 viewsDay 5: Snacking on some watermelon a few hours sail from Colombia.Feb 16, 2010
29 viewsAnd I also enjoyed the friendly dolphin games.Feb 16, 2010
28 viewsThe last Central American sunset.Feb 16, 2010
32 viewsIsla Pino, our last stop in San Blas.Feb 16, 2010