We are in San Salvador, a city surrounded by volcanos – el Salvador’s capital inhabiting 2 million people, and known for its sky high crime rates. A real wake up call to how safe Europe feels. It’s one of these places you are warned not to walk around after 6 pm in most of the neighbourhoods. Luckily, thanks to our host Rony we were located in one of the nicest parts of San Salvador.
We are in El Salvador! The country known more for its crime rates and tattooed gangs than its incredible coastline and nature. Wanting to explore the Pacific coastline for the first time on our travels, and having spent a long amount of time in land of Guatemala, we headed to el Tunco. A world famous surf town with huge swell and 3 meter waves. Here you don’t need to make it for tournaments, just watch the locals surf these massive waves – they are incredible.
We spent 16 days traveling around Guatemala, averaging about $23 a day per person. Guatemala seemed to be much cheaper than Belize and about the same price as Mexico. Unfortunately we ended up getting ill for a week, spending a lot on accommodation and eating in a hostel as we didn’t have the energy to leave. We only couch-surfed once, so our accommodation was our biggest expense. Being a huge country with not a lot of cars driving around (hard to hitchhike) we ended up spending a bit on traveling in-between places.
We’re back on the move, unfortunately one street food meal to many, we have spent the week recovering from illness. Our journey continued on some of the scariest bus rides through the mountains from Flores across the country to Antigua, lake Atitlan and then on to the market town – Chichicastenango.
Next episode: Flores, Guatemala, a city entirely covering an island in the middle of the lake and connected to the main town by a bridge. The city looks magical with its cobbled streets and little buildings, each in a different colour. Almost all of the hotels / restaurants are placed at the waterfront, giving amazing views of the lake.
As we cross the border into Guatemala we thought we would sum up our week in Belize I know not a long time here but we felt happy to move on with our adventure. A mix of emotions it’s been for both of us, and certainly not making it into our favourite country. After spending a brief time in orange walk, Belize city and San Ignacio we felt these cities didn’t offer a lot for us. I know we shouldn’t compare, but being spoilt by the European cities of architecture and history felt this was lacking massively. constantly being pestered by randompeople got tiring too, people would follow us for no reason, ask us to buy them something or try sell one of the hundreds of tours offered.
We made it to Belize, the second country on our list and a first of Central America. It used to be a British colony so English is there first language, this is quite relieving after understanding less than half of what we were told in Mexico. Also dollar conversion is very handy in Belize since it’s set at 1 American dollar to 2 Belizean dollars. This makes life much easier, in comparison to the peso being worth 16-18 times less than an American dollar.
After the relentless heat and unable to cool down in Merida for the last 3 days we decided to head back to the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. We’re 3 weeks into our travels now and have already realised that the coast is where we feel most comfortable in this weather. Finding the quiet beaches, lagoons and cenotes to cool down and relax with a book has been some of the highlights of our travels so far. So kver the next week we managed to hitchhike back to Cancun where we then jumped straight on the bus and started traveling south towards Belize. Calling in for a couple of days in playa del Carmen, Tulum and Bacalar.
How much does it cost to travel Mexico?
The Chichen Itza (also called a chicken pizza) one of the most important Mayan settlements which is now one of the new seven wonders of the world. An impressive site, of the old Mayan town, there are so many buildings amazingly still in a very impressive condition. We spent about 3 hours soaking in the huge site, and photographing everything we could.