Dancing in Santa Clara, Cuba

On the Streets of Santa Clara, Cuba

Tucked away in the centre of this island nation Santa Clara feels like the real deal.    Horse and carts act almost like a local bus service clip clopping along the streets passing by all manner of awesome architecture most of which is closer to the crumbling kind than that of shiny restored glory. The park…

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Magnificent Mojitos

Cuba is the home of the Mojito and what better place to indulge in a couple of these refreshing, minty treats than a visit to what is reckoned to be their birthplace – La Bodeguita del Medio. Said to have also been one of Hemingway’s favourite bars back in the day, this atmospheric haunt makes…

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Mayan Ruins,Tulum, Mexico

The ruins themselves I didn’t find all that interesting, they just don’t compare to the magnificence of Tikal, but the location is incredibly picturesque so it is definitely worth the visit.  Their proximity to Cancun & Playa Del Carmen see they get plenty of visitors….. OK, so it’s pretty much over-run with hordes of tourists…

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Magnificent Mayan Ruins of Tikal

The Mayan ruins of Tikal are simply magnificent combining both archeological greatness and atmospheric wonder in a wild jungle setting.  The air thick with humidity has a light yet pungent, damp soil and rotting foliage smell, as the sounds of this living organism wind their way up to a cacophony featuring dueling howler monkey clans…

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Swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize

  The weather was less than ideal from the moment I arrived on what can only be described as a Caribbean island paradise off the coast of Belize.   The non stop rain put a bit of a damper on pretty much every outdoor activity, but despite this I headed out as planned for a few…

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Cathedral Square In Old Havana, Cuba

Magical Havana, Cuba

The old city of Havana literally took my breath away with its beauty!   Streets and streets of grand architecture – some restored, some faded and crumbling – but all absolutely gorgeous and alive.   Small shady public gardens peppered with monuments are tucked away amongst the spectacular array of buildings, giving residents (and visitors) a place…

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Cave of the Crystal Maiden, Belize

Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre or the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave is a must do if you are floating around Belize, and in particular San Igancio. Getting there is a bit of an arduous journey over a bumpy road for a bit more than hour, and once at the carpark you need to hike…

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Man Leading Donkey in Trinidad

First Impressions of Cuba

Wow, how fantastic is Cuba! It has always been on the list of places I would love to visit but apart from the promise of gorgeous architecture and cool looking old cars I was not really sure what to expect, and have been so busy over the past couple of months I didn’t do a…

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