Updated: Mar 8, 2019
We are posting this a little late, but here are some of our reflections from 3 months in:
R: Eating fresh ceviche with freshly caught seafood on the back of the boat on our Raggamuffin tour in Belize
D: Lobster dinner, San Blas Islands, Panama
R:“Nachos” with pasta sauce for salsa in San Pedro, Guatemala
D: Hotdog eggs, Panama City, Panama
R: It’s a 3-way tie:
1. Mint Lemonade at Los Amigos Hostel in Flores, Guatemala
2. Hot chocolate made from scratch (as in from processing the cocoa plant!) at an eco-lodge in Capurgana, Colombia
3. Coffee in Central/South America (not instant!!) - I’m not even a huge coffee drinker, but it has been amazing!!
D: Coconut water on the beach in Belize. Also tap water. It’s the simple things. Being in a country where you can drink the tap water makes things so much easier. Third favourite is the incredible coffee in Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia.
R: Watching the surfers at Dominical Beach, Costa Rica
D: Caye Caulker, Belize (just before the amazing meal at Maggie’s!), or the one of the first Caye that we stayed on with Ragamuffin Tours.
R: When the night staff at our hostel in San Jose, Costa Rica came into our room at 1:00 AM and started yelling at us to pay him more money
D: Break in at hostel in San Jose, Costa Rica
R: Looking all over town for a toilet plunger after finding out that Devon had been throwing the toilet paper down the toilet for 3 weeks (which is not a good thing in Guatemala!!)
D: Naked Dan falling through the cabana wall, San Blas Islands, Panama (when you see us in person, ask for the story behind this one!)
D: Deep sea fishing with Rick - I caught a 25lb Barracuda! A close second is paragliding over Medellin!
Worst “bang for your buck” Activity
R: The Sloth Trail in La Fortuna ($15 USD for a poorly maintained trail!)
D: The fee that Canadians have to pay to get into Colombia. OUCH!
Most Shocking Accommodation
R: In Cozumel, Mexico, we stayed at a hostel which had a double bed, and that was it. Literally there was no room for us to even walk! And they would only turn on the AC from 11pm-4am. If you are in Cozumel, do not stay at Hostel Tropico 20!!
D: Not “shocking” per se, but we stayed at a highly rated hostel in Dominical, Costa Rica that had beds made of bamboo. Sounds cool, right?! WRONG!!! They were SO CREAKY. Anytime someone moved, the bed frames erupted in high pitch creaking. AAAAGHHH! I’m still scarred from this.
R: Guatemala breakfast $2.50 for two people
D: Breakfast in San Pedro, Guatemala. $2.50 for both of us to eat!
Most Expensive Meal
R: Any meal at an airport restaurant
D: Tourist trap in Santiago, Chile. So so so disappointing :(
Most Beautiful Beach
R: The San Blas Islands!
D: Tortuga Bay, Galapagos Islands. Second favourite is the long undeveloped stretch of beach on Cozumel Island, Mexico, or the beaches around Uvita, Costa Rica.
Favourite Swimming Hole
R: Natural thermal baths at low tide on Dominical Beach, Costa Rica
D: The pirate shipwreck in Lake Bacalar, Mexico
Most Anti-Climactic Place
R: Semuk Champey, Guatemala
D: Easy one! The equator, Ecuador.
Most Pleasantly Surprising Place
R: Bacalar, Mexico
D: Capurgana, Colombia. I don’t know why, but I had a hard time leaving this place - there really isn’t much there...
R: Caye Caulker, Belize
D: Medellin, Colombia. Cool vibe! Interesting story.
R: Belize. The beaches, the people, the laid back lifestyle...I would gladly go back!
D: Colombia. So much culture! It’s incredible how much the country changes culturally, as you travel from Atlantic coast to Ecuador.
R: Panama Canal Museum, Panama City, Panama
D: Panama Canal Museum in Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama.
Most Memorable Border Crossing
R: The bus driver getting frustrated with us not knowing where to go or what to do at the border from Belize to Mexico...even though there are NO SIGNS (not even in Spanish!) and NO DIRECTION from any of the guards. We sat in a room with other tourists for 20 minutes waiting for no apparent reason...and then it was time to go.
D: Colombia to Ecuador; crossing on Christmas Eve day was a eye opening experience with the Venezuelan refugees.
Most Homesick For
R: A good cup of tea
D: Gingerbread cookies