Monthly Archives: February 2009

Market Day in Guatemala

Market Day in Guatemala

It’s Friday. If you live in one of the villages on the north side of Lake Atitlan, that means it´s market day in Solola, the regional capital that sprawls across the hills high above the lake. So you get up and put on your second-best clothes (the best are reserved for religious festivals and fiestas).… Read More

Impressions of Guatemala

Impressions of Guatemala

We’ve been in the country for almost three weeks now: in the northern Peten region next to Belize, in the central highlands of the Alta Verapaz, and on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Guatemala isn´t a country we had given much thought to before, but it´s turning out to be fascinating. Here are some of… Read More

At a Fork in the Road

At a Fork in the Road

One of the strange and interesting things about traveling the way we do is having almost complete freedom of choice. We rarely plan or book things more than a day or two ahead, so (theoretically) at any point we can head in any direction. Right now we’re in Flores, a pretty little lakeside town in… Read More

Island Adventures

Island Adventures

At first it seemed like the gods of the sea didn’t want us to visit tiny Tobacco Caye, at the center of Belize’s long barrier reef. When we got to the coastal town of Dangriga, where we hoped to catch a boat to Tobacco Caye the next morning, the wind was howling and the waves… Read More

A Day at the Zoo

A Day at the Zoo

The forests of Belize are full of wildlife, but most of the time you never see it. Animals are skittish, or well camouflaged, or nocturnal. We’ve heard that any time you’re in the jungle, a lot more creatures are watching you than you’re watching. The best place to experience the diversity of Belize’s animal life… Read More

Belize Basics

Belize Basics

Belize is a small country (180 miles long by 70 miles wide) tucked along the Caribbean coast east of Guatemala and south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Formerly British Honduras, it became fully independent in 1981. Lately, Belize has grown popular with nature- or adventure-loving North American and European visitors—snorkelers, bird watchers, backpackers, “eco-travelers”—for its abundant… Read More