Tulum and Akumal, Mexico – The Mayan Riviera!

A visit to Tulum is often high on the ‘must-see’ list for travellers to the Yucatan Peninsula.  This seems to be mostly to visit the unusual coastal ruins or one of the many white sand beaches that are dotted down the coastline facing the turquoise blue Caribbean sea. Tulum town itself is a few kilometres…

Valladolid, Mexico

For the Yucatan peninsula’s third largest city, Valladolid feels beautifully quiet and tranquil.  Like a mini-Merida but more low-key.  The tour buses sometimes stop here en route from Cancun to Chichen Itza and for around an hour in the afternoon the main plaza becomes a frenzy of tourist activity before quickly returning to the peaceful…

Merida, Mexico

After our Caribbean island fix it was time to head inland and across the peninsula to Merida, the Yucatan’s biggest city and cultural centre.  The city is a hub of colonial architecture and narrow, colourful and historical streets.  Merida is known for its museums, free daily public performances and vitally for us – food! The main square is…

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

After a few months in South America and enduring Patagonia’s mid-winter while our friends and family were enjoying a record breaking UK heatwave, it was time to head north, over the equator and into the tropics.  After a challenging 30 hour plane journey with tedious and lengthy transfers we finally arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico! I…

Punta Arenas, Chilean Patagonia

Before the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 Punta Arenas was the main port in the navigation between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans due to it’s location on the Strait of Magellan.  Seemingly because of this legacy Punta Arenas remains a big and prosperous town despite it’s remote location.  In fact the quality of life in the…

Puerto Natales, Chilean Patagonia

After a slightly tricky border crossing to Chile which involved several buses and then hitching a lift in a private car organised by some friendly (and very kind!) Brazilian girls, we made it to Puerto Natales.  Hooray! A formerly modest fishing port on Seno Ùltima Esperanza (Last Hope Fjord), Puerto Natales has become yet another ‘Gore-Tex mecca’…