Quebec to Panama 2017-2019

(North and Central America)
16 months - solo travel - Suzuki DR650
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Hasta Luego Central America  —  2019/05/14  —  Panama

My trip to Panama started with a visit of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago where I stayed one week to explore beaches and the jungle on some of the islands...
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Colón Province  —  2019/05/07  —  Panama

The Panama Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Panama and ends in the Atlantic Ocean in the Colón Province. Unlike the capital, the city of Colón is not...
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Panama City and its Canal  —  2019/05/01  —  Panama

Panama City Panama City, a capital with more than 1,5 million inhabitants. Panama is the name of a city, a province, and also a country. Located on the...
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End of the road  —  2019/04/24  —  Panama

Finally, it's done! I reached the end of the road... I am in Yaviza, a small remote village at the edge of the Darién Jungle.Sorry? What are you saying...
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On the road #2  —  2019/04/23  —  Panama

Lake Bayano This artificial lake was created in 1976, after the construction of a dam on the Río Bayano.A hostel in the jungle Nothing better than a short...
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Azuero Peninsula  —  2019/04/16  —  Panama

The Azuero Peninsula is probably the place where the rainy and dry seasons are the most obvious. Despite the fact that the rain has started in the mountains...
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On the road #1  —  2019/04/10  —  Panama

Boquete and Baru Volcano Some landscapes around Baru Volcano and the village of Boquete.Since the rainy season has already started, I chose to turn back...
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Bocas del Toro  —  2019/04/07  —  Panama

Bocas del Toro is a province located in the extreme northwest of the country. It's also an archipelago of magnificent islands with beautiful beaches and...
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Back on the road  —  2019/04/03  —  Costa Rica

After a stay in Quebec, with my new camera and a good idea of my itinerary for next months, I flew back to Costa Rica. A fairly long trip since I had...
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Manzanillo, Cocles and Puerto Viejo  —  2019/04/02  —  Costa Rica

Cocles Cocles is the name of the village where I stayed a few days while visiting the surroundings. In the garden of the hostel, there were several interesting...
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Cahuita   —  2019/03/31  —  Costa Rica

Cahuita is a laid-back village with about 3,000 people. With its black- or golden-sand beaches, and a national park adjacent to it, Cahuita is a nice...
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A slight detour to Quebec  —  2019/03/07  —  Costa Rica

I am trying to add a new element to my site. From now on, when you see this image in the list of blogs, it will be about a text describing my latest adventures...
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On the road #2  —  2019/02/25  —  Honduras

Trujillo The region around Trujillo is very nice. There are interesting villages, some beautiful beaches, nice mountains in the background, and the town...
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Río Cangrejal and Pico Bonito  —  2019/02/19  —  Honduras

Pico Bonito Park On the following panorama, one can see the mountains of the Pico Bonito Park over the plains near the city of La Ceiba. This vast park...
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On the road #1  —  2019/02/17  —  Honduras

Omoa Omoa is a small fishing village along the Caribbean Coast. On weekends, the village comes to life with locals from the neighbouring town of Puerto...
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Lago de Yojoa and around  —  2019/02/15  —  Honduras

Parque Nacional Cerro Azul Meámbar Superb park located on the east side of Lake Yojoa.Cataratas de PulhapanzakLago de Yojoa Nothing better than a kayak...
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Cuevas de Taulabé  —  2019/02/12  —  Honduras

This cave has been explored up to a depth of 921 metres. However, only the first 300 metres are lit. ...
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Comayagua  —  2019/02/10  —  Honduras

Comayagua was founded in 1537 and was destroyed shortly thereafter during the indigenous rebellion that started with Chief Lempira. It ended with the...
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Ruta Lenca - part 2  —  2019/02/08  —  Honduras

Erandique Erandique is the most beautiful village of the region, and possibly of the country. The village was at the earth of the Lenca rebellion waged...
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Ruta Lenca - part 1  —  2019/02/07  —  Honduras

The Lenca Road is located in the southwest of Honduras. It's a mountainous region with superb landscapes and numerous century-old villages. The Lenca...
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Gracias  —  2019/02/03  —  Honduras

The small colonial town of Gracias was founded in 1536, and it once was the capital of Honduras. The early colonists had a long conflict with the Lenca...
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Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque  —  2019/02/02  —  Honduras

Celaque National Park is one of the most beautiful parks of Honduras. The major part of the park is located at an altitude of 1800 metres or more. The...
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Macaw Mountain  —  2019/01/31  —  Honduras

At first glance, this animal centre is a bit depressing with its cages in such a beautiful environment. Don't be fooled by appearances. The place is a...
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Copán Ruinas  —  2019/01/29  —  Honduras

Copán Ruinas, despite its names, is a small town in southwest Honduras where are located the country's most important Mayan ruins. Curiously, the town...
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Nueva Ocotepeque to Copán Ruinas  —  2019/01/26  —  Honduras

After crossing the border between El Salvador and Honduras, I had to choose between a nice 175 km paved road with so-so scenery or a harder 100 km dirt...
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La Palma  —  2019/01/25  —  El Salvador

La Palma is a small mountain village famous for its distinctive art and craft. Nearly 75% of the population live from the art trade and from tourism...
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On the road #3  —  2019/01/23  —  El Salvador

Here are a few landscapes from northwestern El Salvador.Despite the fact that the dry season is not even halfway through, the lack of water is already...
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Parque Nacional Los Volcanes and Caldera de Coatepeque  —  2019/01/22  —  El Salvador

Here are the two most spectacular places in El Salvador. The national park and the caldera are both located next to each other.Caldera de Coatepeque The...
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San Salvador and around  —  2019/01/15  —  El Salvador

San Salvador Normally, I rarely visit any country's capital since they often have few charms, lots of traffic, pollution and violence. San Salvador is...
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Suchitoto and around  —  2019/01/11  —  El Salvador

Arcatao Arcatao is a lovely mountain village near the border with Honduras. My old guidebook, published more than 12 years ago, mentions that this village...
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Perquin and El Mozote  —  2019/01/08  —  El Salvador

Perquin Located in northeastern Salvador, Perquin had a major role during the civil war that ravaged El Salvador for 12 years, from 1980 to 1992. The war...
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Northeastern El Salvador  —  2019/01/07  —  El Salvador

Here are a few photos taken in northeastern El Salvador.Río Lempa Río Sapo Cascada El Chorrerón Gruta del Espíritu Santo The paintings in this cave...
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Pacific Coast  —  2019/01/05  —  El Salvador

One of my favourite places in El Salvador! The beaches along the country's Eastern Pacific Coast are amongst the nicest of all the region. I had the opportunity...
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On the road #2  —  2019/01/04  —  El Salvador

A few photos of nice sites in the country. The Pacific Coast around the Bay of Jiquilisco is barren of any trace of tourism development. It seems there...
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Alegría  —  2019/01/03  —  El Salvador

Alegría is a nice mountain village worth some days just to enjoy the quiet central plaza, restaurants, and a cool and pleasant climate. Perched on the...
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La Costa del Bálsamo  —  2018/12/31  —  El Salvador

Here are some landscapes from the country's Western Pacific Coast.El Sunzal The beaches in the region are known for their very good surfing waves. It's...
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Santa Ana  —  2018/12/28  —  El Salvador

Santa Ana is the third-largest city in El Salvador, and the only city with somewhat intact colonial architecture. The city doesn't offer much in terms...
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On the road #1  —  2018/12/27  —  El Salvador

After the Route of the Flowers, I am heading toward the city of Santa Ana, visiting a few interesting sites on the way.Salto de Malacatiupan This scenic...
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Ruta de la Flores  —  2018/12/24  —  El Salvador

The Route of the Flowers is very popular in El Salvador. It's a route of some 36 km linking a series of small charming mountain towns. Although its name...
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Parque Nacional El Imposible  —  2018/12/20  —  El Salvador

After passing the border, I drove toward the El Imposible National Park. Its name comes from a gorge that was very difficult to cross for farmers and...
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The Pacific Slope  —  2018/12/14  —  Guatemala

The Guatemalan Coast has a few nice attractions, and is endowed with some decent beaches for surf enthusiasts. As you already know, beaches are not my...
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Quetzaltenango (Xela) and around  —  2018/12/11  —  Guatemala

Volcán Santiaguito Santiaguito Volcano is located at the foot of Santa Maria Volcano, and a few kilometres from the city of Quetzaltenango. It's still...
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Market Day  —  2018/12/07  —  Guatemala

Markets in Guatemala are very colourful. In the mountains, people with Mayan ancestry still wear traditional outfits. Among the three markets I visited...
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Lago de Atitlán  —  2018/12/02  —  Guatemala

Lake Atitlán is born from a massive eruption some 84,000 years ago. The quantity of magma expelled from the Earth's depth caused the surface terrain...
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Acatenango and Fuego Volcanoes  —  2018/11/28  —  Guatemala

After Pacaya Volcano, I wanted to tackle the Acatenango Volcano. Its summit towers at 3880 metres, almost 1300 metres higher than Pacaya. This time, I...
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Pacaya Volcano  —  2018/11/25  —  Guatemala

Guatemala is a nice place to explore volcanoes, some of which are active. However, since I travel with a motorbike, I don't have any backpack and my equipment...
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Around Antigua  —  2018/11/23  —  Guatemala

When you are surrounded by volcanoes, it's a must to drive around in search of beautiful landscapes. Here are a few images of the region around Antigua.San...
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Antigua  —  2018/11/22  —  Guatemala

The town Antigua Guatemala, or simply Antigua is a splendid colonial town and it's a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's the ancient capital of the Kingdom...
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Lago de Amatitlán  —  2018/11/19  —  Guatemala

Lake Amatitlán, with the Agua Volcano in the background, is located only 25 kilometres from the capital. For such a nice lake, it's surprising to see...
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Ipala Volcano  —  2018/11/18  —  Guatemala

Located at the top of Ipala Volcano, this small crater lake is about 1 kilometre long, and is at an altitude of 1493 metres.I spent a night camping on...
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Lago Izabal  —  2018/11/16  —  Guatemala

Lake Izabal is the largest one in Guatemala, and it's the source of Rió Dulce. There are several nice sites to visit all around the lake. Here are a...
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Rió Dulce - Finca Tatin à Livingston  —  2018/11/15  —  Guatemala

During the boat tour, I stopped at this hotel on the Tatin River, a tributary of the Rió Dulce. I slept in one of these dormitories that has spaces for...
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Rió Dulce  —  2018/11/13  —  Guatemala

Rió Dulce is a river as well as a town once named Fronteras. Before the construction of the bridge linking the shores of the Rió Dulce, the town really...
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Verapaz Department  —  2018/11/11  —  Guatemala

Alta Verpapaz et Baja Verapax are two mountainous departments in the centre of the country. This region is populated by the Rabinal Maya, a group known...
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Chajul  —  2018/11/07  —  Guatemala

Small town of about 50,000 inhabitants, Chajul is very traditional. The town is also part of the Ixil Triangle, and it's located some twenty kilometres...
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Area around Santa Maria Nebaj  —  2018/11/06  —  Guatemala

Santa Maria de Nebaj is a municipality in the Quiché region. The region is also known as the Ixil Triangle for its people. Personally, I don't think...
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San Mateo Ixtatán  —  2018/11/04  —  Guatemala

San Mateo is a mountain village with mainly Mayan population. The women of the area wear very colourful huipiles. The landscapes around the village are...
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Western Highlands 2/2  —  2018/11/03  —  Guatemala

Did I ever tell you that I love riding a motorbike? Yes, it's tiring, the rain and cold can be a major deterrent, and it's not possible to sleep anywhere...
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Todos Santos - Day of the dead  —  2018/11/02  —  Guatemala

The Day of the Dead is normally celebrated on November 1st, but in Todos Santos, the day is postponed to November 2nd to allow for the horse race.The...
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Todos Santos - Horse Racing  —  2018/11/01  —  Guatemala

The most famous events of the Todos Santos fiesta is the horse race. During the days preceding the race, the competitors celebrate, dance, and drink a...
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Todos Santos Cuchumatán  —  2018/10/30  —  Guatemala

Todos Santos is usually a small quiet town where inhabitants proudly wear brightly coloured traditional clothing. In many regions, only women wear traditional...
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Western Highlands 1/2  —  2018/10/28  —  Guatemala

Back on the road After more than 6 months in Quebec, I am back in Mexico to retrieve the motorbike that was in storage in Tapachula. I had left it outside...
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Quetzaltenango  —  2018/03/26  —  Guatemala

It's the end of the first stage of my trip. After a few days in this city, I will return to Quebec for a few months. My mother is selling her house and...
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Semuc Champey  —  2018/03/22  —  Guatemala

The site is a series of pools with turquoise to green-emerald coloured water. It is easy to spend a full day swimming in each of the pools. ...
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Naj Tunich  —  2018/03/19  —  Guatemala

Naj Tunich was a pleasure to discover due to its remoteness. Indeed, I had very few information on its location, and I had to rely on an imprecise map...
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Grutas de Lanquín  —  2018/03/19  —  Guatemala

A superb cave near the village of Lanquín. The cave extends for several kilometres, but only the first hundreds metres are easily accessible. ...
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Sayaxché and Ceibal  —  2018/03/17  —  Guatemala

Sayaxché Sayaxché is a very ordinary small dusty town. However, the road to get there comes up against the River of Passion (Río de la Pasión). There...
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Lago Petén Itzá  —  2018/03/15  —  Guatemala

San Miguel After the jungle, a few days of rest around lake Petén Itzá were very welcome. Many people choose to stay on the island of Flores, but I chose...
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Tikal  —  2018/03/13  —  Guatemala

Tikal is the most famous site in Guatemala, and it is known for its numerous temples reaching as high as 44 metres, well above the forest canopy.The first...
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El Petén  —  2018/03/11  —  Guatemala

Yaxhá Narum Naranjo National Park After crossing the border, I ended up directly in the El Petén region of Guatemala. It is a hot and humid region, with...
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Caracol  —  2018/03/09  —  Belize

Caracol is the most important Mayan archeological site of Belize. It is located in the thick jungle near the border with Guatemala.The city had its peak...
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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve  —  2018/03/07  —  Belize

This reserve is a superb mountainous area with awesome forests, rivers, and waterfalls. The rivers and falls are great places to swim.....
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On the road  —  2018/03/04  —  Belize

Mennonites are also present in Belize. There are many communities, and most of them are relative to those that came from Canada.St. Herman's Blue Hole...
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Nature and animal life  —  2018/02/28  —  Belize

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary This sanctuary has the reputation to be an excellent place for birds observation. As far as I am concerned, it was not...
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Lamanai and Altun Ha  —  2018/02/25  —  Belize

Lamanai Lamanai was occupied as early as 1500 BC, and it was a very important ceremonial centre. Its peak seems to have been from 200 to 100 BC, and its...
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The North  —  2018/02/23  —  Belize

Corozal Town I got a surprise when I first stepped into Belize. After more than 4 months in Mexico, my Spanish was getting quite decent. Thus, when I got...
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Yucatán Peninsula 3/3  —  2018/02/19  —  Mexico

Here is a fantastic show from Mother Nature. Looking at this small hole at the bottom of the hole, it's easy to think it's boring. Indeed it is. However...
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Yucatán Peninsula 2/3  —  2018/02/17  —  Mexico

Here are some interesting archeological sites in the Yucatán Peninsula. They are less-visited sites and for some of them, the highlight is the road to...
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Tulum  —  2018/02/14  —  Mexico

Tulum is a small town, a spectacular beach, and an archeological ruin.Yucatán is famous for its idyllic beaches, but Tulum has been the only one where...
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Ek' Balam  —  2018/02/12  —  Mexico

The city of Ek' Balam reached its peak in the 8th century, then it was suddenly abandoned. The X'Canché Cenote was more interesting than the ruins. I...
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Chichén Itzá  —  2018/02/09  —  Mexico

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by at least five cenotes that are an important source of water in this arid region. For...
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Yucatán Peninsula 1/3  —  2018/02/07  —  Mexico

Cenote Kankirixche Cenotes are natural pit, or sinkhole, in a specific type of rock. They are mostly found in North and Central America, more specifically...
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Uxmal  —  2018/02/05  —  Mexico

Uxmal is one of the most important Mayan sites in Mexico. The city once had a great influence on the region and its neighbouring towns such as Sayil...
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Ruta Puuc  —  2018/02/04  —  Mexico

Ruta Puuc means Road of the Hills. It's a series of roads in the Yucatan Peninsula where several ruins with similar architecture can be seen.Labná Archaeologists...
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Campeche and Comalco  —  2018/02/02  —  Mexico

Campeche In 1517, when the Spanish arrived, Campeche was only a small Mayan village named Ah Kim Pech. The Mayas of the area were very hostile toward the...
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Palenque  —  2018/01/31  —  Mexico

Palenque is one of the best examples of Mayan architecture. Moreover, the site is even more interesting since it is located in the dense jungle.The name...
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Lagunas de Montebello Area  —  2018/01/26  —  Mexico

This superb region is a mix of lakes, ruins, and forest. There are dozens of lakes to see and some old Mayan ruins. A lake at the border of Guatemala...
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Comitán and Tenam Puente  —  2018/01/23  —  Mexico

Comitán The nice colonial town of Comitán is very nice, especially its central park.Tenam Puente Small Mayan ruins near Comitán. This site may have...
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Around San Cristóbal de las Casas  —  2018/01/20  —  Mexico

San Juan Chamula The region around San Cristóbal is dotted with superb villages and fantastic landscapes. One of the villages, San Juan Chamula, is very...
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San Cristóbal de las Casas  —  2018/01/18  —  Mexico

San Cristóbal is a splendid town known for its colonial architecture. Around the town, there are numerous traditional villages with ancient beliefs and...
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Chiapa de Corzo  —  2018/01/16  —  Mexico

The town of Chiapa de Corzo was one of these places where you stop at random and where you end up staying much longer than initially anticipated. At first...
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Chiapas  —  2018/01/13  —  Mexico

Chiapas is a low-lying region covered in jungle in the eastern part of Mexico. Among the poorest states, it is mainly populated by indigenous people...
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Sanctuario de la tortuga la Escobilla  —  2018/01/11  —  Mexico

In the beginning, I thought my stay at the Escobilla Turtle Centre would be short. I witnessed to the release of baby turtles with other tourists, and...
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Oaxaca Coast  —  2018/01/02  —  Mexico

Lagunas de Chacahua What a lovely place to spend a few days during New Year's Eve. While my Canadian/Quebec compatriots are freezing in temperatures around...
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Oaxaca de Juárez  —  2017/12/23  —  Mexico

Oaxaca is a pretty city in the mountains known for its culture and food.Surrounded by villages, markets, hiking trails, and interesting archeological...
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Monte Albán  —  2017/12/22  —  Mexico

Monte Albán is one of the most important archeological sites of Mexico. It competes with other great sites such as Teotihuacán, Palenque, or Chichén...
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Mitla and Yagul Ruins  —  2017/12/21  —  Mexico

Mitla The ruins of Mitla are located in the centre of the modern village of San Pablo Villa de Mitla. The ruins date from a few centuries before the Spanish...
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Hierve el Agua  —  2017/12/20  —  Mexico

Located at an altitude of 1,800 metres, this site is a splendid bubbling mineral springs. A natural infinity pool was created next to a cliff, offering...
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Tlacotalpan  —  2017/12/18  —  Mexico

Tlacotalpan is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's a colonial town from the 19th century, well preserved and renovated. The colour palette of...
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El Tajín  —  2017/12/12  —  Mexico

This site was probably founded in AD 100 by the Totonac culture, El Tajín means thunder, lightning, or hurricane in the Totonac language. The city reached...
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