Cycle Touring

Tikal – The disappointment of a guided tour

My plan to cycle to Tikal through the remote jungle trails via the ruins of El Zotz was a failure, but it made for a great adventure. I cycled around the stunning Lake Petén Itza and stayed in the small tourist...
El Zotz

Lost in the Jungle – El Zotz to Tikal

I had a plan. It was to cycle through the remote Guatemalan jungle to the famed ruins of Tikal via the little known ruins of El Zotz. I was unable to find any information to confirm if it was possible. The best...
El Tigre

Cycling to El Mirador – Guatemala

I hadn't heard of anybody ever cycling to El Mirador, the largest grouping of Mayan ruins in the world. The steamy, remote northern Guatemalan jungle near the Mexican border is their home. Was it possible. Was ...

Guatemala – How not to cross into a country

Guatemala was calling my name. I'm not sure I was listening. It occurred to me that I really didn't want to leave Mexico. I made lame excuses to stay. It was too hot. There might be some rain today. The pool is...
Palenque

Palenque – Ruins in the Jungle

I was looking forward to a rest in Palenque. My sojourn into the jungle left me a little tired. I found a nice campsite outside of town, less than 2km from the famous ruins of Palenque. For about US$15 per day ...

Bonampak – The little visited Mayan site

Bonampak is the smaller and less visited little brother of nearby Yaxchilan and Palenque. That is the charm of the place, the lack of people. It was only about 50km by road to Bonampak from my camp at the villa...

Yaxchilan – The Hidden Jewel in the Mayan Crown

Yaxchilan is one the premier Mayan sites. But the crowds are avoiding this place because it takes a bit of effort to get there. Some guidebooks claim the best way to get there is to charter a light aircraft, ot...

Jungle and Ranches

I moved yet further into the jungle or was it further into the land of the ranches. The road into the lowland jungle was a set of rolling hills. I was either going uphill or downhill. The slopes of the rolling ...
Into the jungle

The Jungle Lakes

It rained all night. My first night in the jungle I slept to the sounds of raindrops and the hundreds of insects making their nightly calls. I was very close to the Guatemala border in the far south of Mexico. ...
San Cristobal de las Casas

Hanging out in San Cristobal de las Casas

I had some work to do that would only be completed in a town with good internet, coffee and sewing machines. San Cristobal de las Casas was that town. Light drizzle signaled my approach to the city of San Cris...

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