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Days 75-77: Granada, Nicaragua

I won’t lie: We had a rough time crossing the border into Nicaragua from Honduras. Lots of hoops to jump through. The Honduras border guard charged us to exit the country, a fee that we’d already paid upon entering two days earlier. He knew that, having seen our receipt for the charge (which he promptly tore up), but still had the gall to charge us again.  Guatemalan border guards demanded fees for insurance (with wildly varying prices), municipal taxes, and

Day 73: Honduras

Honduras was a quick trip: 1 night and 2 days. We crossed the border from Guatemala, only to learn that the US was playing the Honduran National futbol team in a Wold Cup prelim match that afternoon in a town that we were driving through. Perhaps not the best timing. Our border guard sure was friendly, though. Didn’t ask for any bribes and kept giving us a thumbs up. Seemed a little young though.    Borders are juggling acts: keeping

Days 73-74: Rio Dulce, Guatemala

After Tikal, we skirted the border of Belize and continued south. I was intrigued by the guide book’s description of the Rio Dulce River as it made its way from Lago de Izabel to the Caribbean Ocean. It sounded lovely: a gorgeous azure river, towering canyon walls, tropical vegetation teeming with monkeys, birds, and other exotic critters. And I’m sure it was lovely but the prices they quoted us upon arrival were sky high and after long days of driving

Days 71 – 72: Tikal, Guatemala

Pais Numero Dos! (Country #2!) In Guatemala we had to make choices. We needed to zip through the country but were keen to see a few places before continuing on south to Honduras and Nicaragua. There are two main locations that overlanders visit: The famous Mayan ruins of Tikal in the north and the beautiful Lake Atilan in the south. We were craving steamy jungles and a glimpse of the Caribbean Sea so we pointed the truck north. Our first

Days 68-70: San Christobal de las Casas, Mexico

After some long driving days we maneuvered the truck down the tiny streets of San Christobal, in the Mexican state of Chiapas. I was sourly muttering about the fact that we’d had to skip Oaxaca City due to time constraints but San Christobal charmed us with her beautiful buildings, pedestrian-only streets, and delicious food.  Oaxaca will have to remain the city that got away. I suppose we always need an excuse to come back, right? Plus, the town is located

Day 68: The Crocodile Sanctuary

We heard today of the massive earthquake that was reported off the coast of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Oaxaca, and the community detailed below, are quite close to the epicenter and we hope they weren’t adversely affected. Both of these states are some of the poorest in Mexico and are in desperate need of community-focused tourist dollars. They were also some of our very favorite to visit during our two months in the country.    Ben has long fostered

Days 64 – 67: Puerto Escondido, Mexico

We couldn’t quite bring ourselves to leave the beach, so we headed south along the coast towards the surfing mecca of Puerto Escondido, home of Mexico’s famed pipeline. Which would be fantastic, except we don’t surf. Ben accepted this as a challenge and promptly requested surf lessons. Ok kid, you can try your hand at surfing, providing Chris tags along. Emma was furious that she was too young so I have now officially sworn that when she turns six we’re

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Mexico update.

  We just made it into Guatemala so it’s time for another budget update through Mexico. We’re still way under our projected budget of $200/day but with shipping to Colombia and back to the United States yet to come, that is to be expected. We ended up spending 47 days in Mexico and found the prices to be fairly inexpensive, especially hotels. With the very hot weather, we’ve been doing less camping than expected but rather splurging for a hotel

Day 57-63: Acapulco and El Racho

We’d had lots of adventures since setting foot in Mainland Mexico but not much downtime. Most of our days were filled with a few hours of driving and then a new campsite each nigh. We needed to sit for a while. Specifically, we needed to sit by a pool. Or on the beach. With a fancy drink in hand.   Enter this resort in Acapulco! You guys: it came with a giant pool, a lazy river, and $15 dollar massages

Days 53 – 56 : San Miguel, Nevado de Toluca, and the Most Awesome Water Park in Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is a pretty little town with shockingly high prices, most likely due to the healthy ex-pat community that calls it home. We tucked ourselves into a cute little RV park close to the center of town which would have been perfect except for the grouchy (and child-despising) older German couple parked next to us. We’ve found most overlanders to be a friendly bunch but somehow these guys missed the memo. Fortunately there were streets to explore,