Dealing with Panama City’s Taxi Drivers

Taxis in Panama City.  What a nightmare!  I’ve was living in Colombia for years, where I thought the taxis were awful, mainly because of their awful driving.  But they are awful in a whole different sense in Panama, to where I recently moved.  Here are some tips for dealing with, and understanding how taxis operate, in Panama City. Read the rest of this entry »

Boca Chica, Chiriqui Gulf, Panama

In Western Panama, about one hours drive from the highland Boquete, lies the region known as the Golfo de Chiriqui, a National Park and group of islands on the Pacific Coast of Panama.  This rarely visited paradise consists of wild, dramatic, jungle clad islands jumping out of Panama’s Pacific coast………

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Boquete in Panama - The ideal place to retire?

The first thing everyone will tell you about Boquete is that it is ranked as one of the top places in the world to retire.  Having recently visited the highland town, I’m really not quite sure why.  Here I’ll explain…

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Remote Maya Ruins of Central America

Scattered throughout Guatemala, Belize and Mexico are a great variety of fascinating ancient Mayan ruins.  The most popular sites, such as Tikal (Guatemala), Palenque (Mexico) and Caracol (Belize) have become rather too frequently visited by tourists.  Even worse are the throngs of holidaymakers who take day trips from the dreaded Cancun (Mexico) to visit the now over-run Aztec site of Chitchen Itza.  Here I’ll mention some just as spectacular Mayan ruins that don’t have any crowds.  These are the real “Lost Cities” - prepare for a remote, adventurous, spiritual travel experience… Read the rest of this entry »

Reasons Why Iberia are the most Complained about Airline operating to Latin America

Just back from dropping my wife off at Heathrow for an Iberia flight and as so often seems to happen with THAT DREADED AIRLINE, I am steaming with fury.  Why is it that Iberia are quite possibly the most complained about / awful airline operating to Latin America? Read the rest of this entry »

Arenal Volcano (& La Fortuna) – Arenal Stopped Erupting!

This is the third of three recent trip reports following our visit to Costa Rica. Read the rest of this entry »

South from Manuel Antonio to Uvita and Sierpe, Costa Rica (Trip Report)

This is the second of 3 trip reports following our recent visit to Costa Rica. Read the rest of this entry »

Quepos & Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica (Trip Report)

This is the first of three trip reports following our recent visit to Costa Rica.  Read the rest of this entry »

Luxury Hotels in Colonial Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia’s Cartagena is almost certainly South America’s most beautiful colonial city.  The old quarter is a charming and romantic place to explore, eat fine food and marvel at the stunning colonial architecture.  Following a recent visit to Cartagena where I scoped out various hotels, here follows some advice and reviews about luxury-end hotels in Cartagena. Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteer Work in the Colombian Caribbean

Details of an idyllic volunteer opportunity combining an island lifestyle with important conservation work. Read the rest of this entry »