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’…

El Calafate and El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia

We spent just over a week between the two small towns of El Calafate and El Chalten.  Both towns lie just outside the Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate at the south end and El Chalten to the north. El Calafate is situated on Lake Argentina, the 3rd largest lake in south america.  We were…

Whales and Wales! Puerto Madryn, Argentine Patagonia

First stop on our Patagonian adventure was Puerto Madryn.  The city lies just north of the welsh settlement area of the Chubut Valley and enjoys sandy beaches with views across the huge Gulfo Nuevo to the Peninsula Valdez. Almost all of Patagonia is in the middle of low season with mid winter falling in July / August…