It’s well-known that Costa Rica is filled with amazing and beautiful birds and animals, but we were a little surprised to find just how full of tourists it is as well. The first thing we noticed when coming from Mexico was how much Costa Rica can feel like Disney World as you get shuttled around … More A Visit to Central Costa Rica
Driving in Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart. All the guidebooks are full of dramatic warnings about the quality of the roads, frequent landslides and river crossings, impossible navigation, and daredevil drivers. And for the most part, they’re right. But that’s not to say that you shouldn’t rent a car in Costa … More Driving in Costa Rica – ¡Que Loco!
First, we’re back in Boston! We got back in early May and slowly readjusted (and continue to readjust) back to ours lives in the U.S. We were gone for almost exactly 3 months – about 13 weeks total. This is my 4th re-entry after a multi-month trip, yet the feelings of the transition still catch … More Reentry After a Long Time Away
The landscape in Costa Rica is simply amazing. For a country that’s about the size of West Virginia, it has an incredible diversity of scenery as well as an amazing array of flora and fauna to go with it. You could start your day with a hike up a volcano, then visit the cloud forest … More Volcanoes and Cloud Forests
B&B owner: “Are you guys big bird watchers?” Jenny: “I mean, if they’re there, we’ll look at them” B&B owner: “That’s good. Birders are a weird bunch.” Bird watchers flock from around the world to catch a glimpse of the aerial wildlife in Costa Rica. While Jenny and I aren’t exactly avid about avians, it’s … More Birds of Costa Rica
One of the most challenging things about long term travel is the constant planning and decision-making that goes with it. Usually we book somewhere to stay at least a day before but last week when staying in Manuel Antonio, we went to bed without a plan for the next day. We slept too late and … More Shipping Container Heaven
Note: This entry was written on April 3 and published with a backdate. I’m writing this blog entry from the back of a bus, staring out the window at Mexico, on a 4.5 hour ride from the city of Guanajuato to Mexico City. The bus is a first class bus, with hardwood floors, individual TVs, … More Understanding Mexico
The city of Guanajuato (gwon-a-HWAH-toh) is the capital of the state of Guanajuato. It’s a 4.5 hour/$27 bus ride from Mexico City, or a 30 minute/$22 cab ride from Leon International Airport. It has a population of about 72,000 people and is considered a university town. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a … More A Travel Guide to Guanajuato
We were in Mexico City at the beginning of our trip and found ourselves back here for a few days on our way between Puerto Escondido and San Miguel de Allende. We intentionally timed our return to the city to coincide with Friday night Lucha Libre. You can see our last Lucha Libre bloggery here. … More Lucha Libre – Part 2!
Last post we talked about the Mayans, but what about the other famous civilization from Mexico? Well, grab a glass of fermented agave nectar and crank up Neil Young’s ballad of Cortez the Killer because we’re talking about the Aztecs. Ancient Aztecs were a group of super tough warriors that arrived in central Mexico at about … More All About them Aztecs