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A TripAdvisor™ TripWow video of a travel blog to San Ignacio, Belize by TravelPod blogger Rayganmsol. See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com Welcome to the Jungle “We are rapidly approaching the end of our trip. 9 days to go, and a lot still to do, but we have done so much, I feel like my brain is totally full. The last two days in particular, have been absolutely amazing. We left Leon on Friday, and took a van to Managua, where we found a fantastic hotel (The Managua Backpackers Inn). We were in a dorm, but we had it to ourselves, and there was a pool, a huge kitchen, hammocks, games, books, a tv, HOT water… it was great. Jose who checked us in was amazing, and told us where everything was in the city. Made us wish we had more time in Managua. Unfortunately, we once again had to get up at 4am, to get to the airport for our 630 flight to Belize City. Oh, and the hotel arranged the shuttle, another bonus. When we got to the airport, we discovered we had somehow been given first class tickets, so this trip was just getting better and better! Unfortunately, they were short flights – just 45 minutes to San Salvador, then a switch to an hour long flight to Belize City. But, that hour and 45 minutes were SO comfortable! Far from our ride on the roof of a chicken bus the week before! We took a taxi into the city (Belize City is the largest city in Belize, with about 30000 people… all of Belize is pretty much a small town) and got onto a bus to San Ignacio

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A TripAdvisor™ TripWow video of a travel blog to Copan Ruinas, Honduras by TravelPod blogger Nancydeb. See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com More ruins and wildlife at Copan “Copan Ruinas We left Antigua and tried to leave Guatemala, but the traffic had other ideas. There was a nasty accident involving a car and truck,and while that would obviously cause delays, the serious delays happened from people driving into the other lane to try and sneak ahead, and then no one could move. Such stupid behaviour. I’d noted this behaviour first on the chicken bus a few days before. As soon as our line of traffic stopped for roadworks, the bus driver swung straight into the oncoming lane and kept driving without a moment’s hesitation. Traffic jams clearly happen all the time. When our lane finally got going again we passed a number of freight trucks and the drivers had hung hammocks underneath between the front and back groups of tires, and looked quite content, munching nuts that the opportunistic young women were selling. Copan We soon got to Honduras, and the city by the Mayan ruins, Copan Ruinas. When we arrived at the site, the wildlife in the first 100 metres made me doubt the ‘crumblies’ as one lady on our group calls ruins, would get a look in. Before we even got to the gate we were fascinated by the young ceiba tree thats trunk was covered in spiky thorns like a rosebush. (I’m not sure if it is a special variety of the tree, but we’ve not seen thorns on older

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A TripAdvisor™ TripWow video of a travel blog to Merida, Mexico by TravelPod blogger Hodge. See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com Home of the Hammocks “What is the *******n point of mosquitos??? I left Flores in Guatemala two days ago at 6am. My original plan was to spend a day in San Ignacio in Belize then head up to Merida, this soon changed. I´d been feeling a little under the weather so I decided in the morning to try and get a bus straight through to Chetumal in Mexico, the bus was going that direction anyway. I slipped the bus driving 10 dollars and he agreed to let me travle the extra distance. Around lunch time we crossed the border to Belize, A warm welcome as everyone speaks English, I soon noticed after I got no response from Buenas Dias. 2 hours later I said goodbye to Felicity in Belize City and headed north to the border. Another 4 hours I was across the border, to my relief as I didn´t get an exit stamp when leaving the country 2 weeks ago. At this point my cold had got worst and I was considering staying in Chetumal for one night, but decided to push on. At the bus station I managed to get my hands on some pencilin and medicine for what was now a full blown chest infection. What was frustrating was that there was no buses to Tulum, so I decided to bit the bullet and get an over night bus ride to Merida on the opposite coast of Cancun. I had to wait from 4pm to 11pm for my bus, during that time I meet a local Mexican called Wilbert. My

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A TripAdvisor™ TripWow video of a travel blog to Palenque, Mexico by TravelPod blogger Bigtrip. See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com Jungle, Ruins, Cenotes and Cities……. “The next leg of the journey was very busy and varied. It wound us through the mountains of the state of Chiapas on another night bus to the colourful town of San Cristobal de las Casas for the Day of the Dead celebrations. This fiesta, on All Souls Day, remembers and celebrates the lives of those who have died. Obviously. Cemeteries were busy for 48 hours with family and friends adorning graves with flowers, candles and offerings of food, tequila or whatever the deseaced enjoyed in life. Some had live music. There was an overwhelming sense of quiet celebration. At the risk of sounding naff, it was an absolute privilege to be allowed into that personal space. San Cristobal and Chiapas in general, has an enormous Maya population who has kept its traditions and language. It feels very different from other colonial towns where indigenous values and people have intergrated with the Spanish to become distinctly Mexican. The city is at altitude and absolutely freezing at night. We had to wear all our cold weather clothes at once. After weeks of cold beer, it was lovely to enjoy a vino tinto in a cozy bar……. We took a boat trip through the very beautiful Sumidero Canyon meandering slowly alongside iguanas, pelicans and crocodiles….. bartered for hammocks, jewellery and bags in the

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A TripAdvisor™ TripWow video of a travel blog to Flores, Guatemala by TravelPod blogger Dospollos. See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com Mayan mystique meets Star Wars “Waking up to the eery silence of the jungle before dawn we boarded the 5AM bus for the town of Flores, Guatemala, deciding to take the direct route and skip Bonampak and Yaxchilan. Mexico was proving a strain on the budget, and we had bigger Mayan ruins to see in Guatemala. Our first stop on the journey was the boarder town Frontera Corozal, on the border of Guatemala and in true Mexican style they charged us 10 Pesos to enter the town. The border between Mexico and Guatemala here is the fast flowing Rio Usumacinta which we crossed by Lancha, a fast river canoe with a huge outboard motor on the back. We travelled 1 hour upstream to Bethel, through some breathtaking scenery dotted with small villages where the women were washing their clothes in the river. The river is famous for crocodiles living on its banks but they were proving very allusive that day so we didn´t spot any. Next was the bus to Flores. It was like riding along on a big marsh mellow as the suspension was so soft. It was a good job though as the road was horrific, a mud track that had been churned up in the rainy season and had now dried leaving steep ridges and wheel sinking trenches. The roads in Guatemala arn’t quite up to the standard of Mexico, and thats not saying a lot! There are 20000 miles of roads in Guatemala and

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