Panama has a great mix of things to do and they’re all within easy reach of Panama City. Personally, we soaked up the sun in Bocas del Toro, got in some great hikes in Boquete, and then settled into the buzzing metropolis of Panama City for a few days.
Costa Rica is probably Central America’s most popular tourist destination, and for good reason. Although the country is quite small, it’s absolutely packed full of biodiversity, things to do, and places to visit.
Before we cross a border, Andrea and I always take at least a few hours to get our bearings and plan for the next country. We do research online, but also rely on word of mouth.
We really enjoyed exploring Nicaragua and recommend it to backpackers. It’s very easy to navigate and you can see everything from colonial cities, to volcanoes, to lakes, to great beaches all within a few hours. Travel is affordable and the people are welcoming.
Since Andrea and I have started this journey wandering through Latin America, we’ve gotten used to making new friends on the road. In Nicaragua, we were lucky enough to spend time with some old friends.
We were greeted with blue skies, long lines for the money exchange house, scores of classic 1950’s cars, and all kinds of people making their way through the city. With no cell phone service, no WiFi, and no plan, we felt like we’d traveled back in time.
The floor of the church was covered with candles in various stages of melting, eggs, soda, and copal, a native form of incense. Entire families were crouched on the ground praying aloud in Tzotzil, a local language belonging to the Mayan language group. The women rubbed eggs, soda, and other items over the bodies of small children to rid them of evil spirits.
We don’t know what the future holds for us or where we’ll work next, but we do know that we’ll always come back to Mexico City one way or another. With so many friends in the area, it definitely felt like a home.
As soon as we arrived in Guadalajara, we were swept up in an extended family weekend in Tequila of all places!
While I was experiencing New Mexico for the first time while Andrea reminisced about her high school days, in Dallas it was my turn to walk down memory lane. I moved there during a time of personal exploration, professional development, and putting down roots in a fun, new place.