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Country #5 - Guatemala - #60x60

In case you missed the memo, we left Belize and are now holed up in the quaint and charismatic town of Flores, Guatemala – at least for the week. Then we move on to Guatemala City for the next month.

We had such a wonderful time in Belize, especially once we moved out of Belize City down south. It is hard to think of a place where you will find more genuinely kind and caring people. It’s true, we meet great people everywhere we go, but the Belizeans set a new standard.

Last week we were nomading about …

Last week, we spend our time nomading about Caye Caulker with our son. Caye Caulker is a small coral island about an hour boat ride from Belize City.

We had expected to rent bikes and take you on a tour, but it’s so small we just walked it. It was the perfect mix of relaxed island life and good restaurants and bars.

We did some swimming in the Caribbean, our son went SCUBA diving, and we watched the sunset each night with cocktails in hand. We celebrated your son’s birthday on the island, the SCUBA trip was his present. Having him with us was ours.

Caye Caulker has an Italian-quality Italian restaurant. We had celebrated the birthday boy there and now we all want to move to Italy!

We also started filmed our first ‘What will $100 buy in _______’ episode. (Caye Caulker in this case). One of the questions we always have when we are deciding where to go is what things cost. Since we are curious about costs, we thought you might be, too.

By the way, you can get a lot or a little for $100 in Caye Caulker – depending on your budget. You can splurge on a nice dinner and blow a $100 budget right away or you can have sunset cocktails at happy hour and a big lunch from a local barbeque for a few days.

We did take a trip to the mainland for cave tubing and to see the Altun Ha ruins. Altun Ha is unique because there is no evidence that human sacrifice took place there. It is thought to have been a place for wealthy Mayans.

Altun Ha, Belize

Posted with permission. 🙂

Cave tubing is fun. We started with a trek through the rainforest wading through the river to the cave opening. Then it was a slow float through the cave. At various points, the cave opened up and waterfalls cascaded in.

Sparkling stalactites smoothed by the running water made it a magical experience. The Mayan believed that caves were the entrance to the underworld and were an important part of their belief system.

We ended our Belize stay in Belize City after taking our son to the airport. Of course, our last night is when we found a wonderful vegan restaurant right on the water. We were enjoying our dinner when the city experienced a blackout. It was sort of fun hanging out eating in the dark. The blackout also led us to meet some new friends.

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This week we are nomading about …

We will be nomading about Flores. We found a cute little studio apartment on Airbnb for less than $200 a week. we have the most amazing view. The room is pretty basic, but the host is super nice and allows us to work in the rooftop bar (that doesn’t open until 2) or the downstairs restaurant.

Flores Guatemala

The internet is a bit spotty in our room, but it is pretty decent in the restaurant. Also, we’re lucky to have Skyroam with us to help with uploading big files. Skyroam has been a great backup internet source for us on the road. It also helps us communicate without getting a sim card when one of us heads out (mostly, me)and the other is stuck working (mostly, Kim).

The week started with a visit to Tikal National Park (which was spectacular), but the rest of the week in Flores will be dedicated to working. We are so far behind on our videos that we just need to hammer them out and get caught up.

I see some kayaking on the lake at sunset in our future. It is something we tried to do in Caye Caulker but failed. We’ll also take you on a tour of this charming little island in the middle of Lake Petén Itzá.

And that’s about it for now. Next week, I’ll be writing from Guatemala City – if all goes according to plan.

Until then, adventure on. ~ Way (and Kim)

Our latest videos on YouTube

We posted two videos this week, Leaving Las Vegas detailing our hike through Petroglyph Canyon and the 1,700+ well preserved petroglyphs in the area and Las Vegas Museum Tour where we take a tour of four off the Strip museums, the Mob Museum, the Pinball Hall of Fame, the Neon Museum, and the National Atomic Testing Museum.

 

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