Boquete is the largest town in the Chiriqui Highlands with a population of 22,000. It is most famous for coffee but it’s also a great starting point for hikes, bird watching and adventure sports such as zip lining. There is a Hostel Mamallena owned by the same group as the one in Panama City whichContinue reading “Boquete”

Mountain Pine Ridge- Barton Creek Cave and Big Rock Falls

We did this trip with a tour company. Most of the big tour companies in San Ignacio are on the main tourist street, Burns Avenue. Maya Walk looks to be the biggest. We asked there and were told $95 US for Barton Creek and $115 US for Barton Creek and Big Rock Falls. It’s alwaysContinue reading “Mountain Pine Ridge- Barton Creek Cave and Big Rock Falls”

El Pilar and Bullet Tree Falls

El Pilar is a largely undeveloped Mayan site in the jungle about 7 miles past Bullet Tree Falls. With 25 plazas and 70 major structures it’s actually three times the size of Xunantunich but very little of it has been excavated. It’s 500 m from the Guatemalan border. The tour companies don’t generally go thereContinue reading “El Pilar and Bullet Tree Falls”

Flores, Guatemala

Most people go to Flores to see Tikal. We did too but we were pleasantly surprised by the town once we got there. Flores is an island which is connected to the much larger town of Santa Elena by a causeway. We traveled to and from Flores by collective from San Ignacio, Belize. You canContinue reading “Flores, Guatemala”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador-The Mindo Cloud Forest

We took a taxi to Mindo Ropes and Canopy to go zip lining above the forest canopy. There were two guides and the two of us. The zip lines and equipment were new and modern and the guides were young and enthusiastic. We had a blast, highly recommended! From there we walked up the roadContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador-The Mindo Cloud Forest”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Rucu Pichincha

Our goal for the day was to take the teleferiQo to Cruz Loma at 4100m and then possibly walk up Rucu Pichincha 4680m which is the closest volcano to Quito (it is practically in downtown Quito). I tried using the online bus route planner but I could not figure out how to get there byContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Rucu Pichincha”

Humphreys Peak, Arizona

After going down the Grand Canyon it only seamed logical to go up Humphreys Peak, the highest peak in Arizona at 12637ft. The peak is reached via Humphreys Trail a straight forward 7.7km path which starts in the Arizona Snowbowl parking lot. The trailhead is at an elevation of over 9000 ft. and the areaContinue reading “Humphreys Peak, Arizona”