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.
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.
It is amazing how long-term budget travel changes your preconceptions of what’s a schedule, what’s a route, what’s a plan. We woke up that morning with no idea that we would be sleeping on a bus and waking up in a city bordering Belize the next day. That openness to change is both liberating and terrifying for someone like me who loves and finds comfort in plans.
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.
It is impossible to be bored in Mexico City, there’s always something to be done. If you like to dance, you can be sure there are dance classes within walking distance of where you are staying. You like food? There’s a myriad of affordable and delicious places within a 3-block radius. Don’t feel like walking? Just wait on the street long enough and some tacos de canasta will come by. It’s always a pleasure to show my city to friends!
Every rock has a balance point and with enough patience you can find it. I thought he was pulling my leg, but tried the trick nonetheless – IT WORKED ! and I found a new hobby.
As soon as we arrived in Guadalajara, we were swept up in an extended family weekend in Tequila of all places!