8 Free Activities in Medellin, Colombia

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Maybe you’ve arrived in Medellin at the end of your trip, money is running out. Perhaps you’ve spent a little more on beer or accommodation than expected and your budget is tighter than you planned. Whatever the reason, just because you’re looking to pinch pennies during your visit doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself in your dorm room. We’ve put together a quick list of the eight best activities you can do in Medellin for as as close to …

Reflecting on Five Months Central America

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It’s such a tiny area. The entirety of Central America – including the regions of Mexico we visited – could fit within the country of France. Yet every country is different than the next, each one having its own distinct culture. In Guatemala for example, the Mayan roots are very obvious; from physical features to traditional clothing and general way of life. While right next door in El Salvador, due to several tragic moments in recent history, the Mayan culture …

The Best Things to do at Lake Atitlan

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Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular destinations in all of Guatemala, for good reason. Between the seemingly endless activities and laid-back vibes, visitors usually end up staying much longer than planned! To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do during your stay. Although you’ll likely stumble upon many more on your visit, these are a few that you shouldn’t miss! Trek to Lake Atitlan …

Hostel Etiquette: Shared Kitchen

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Here’s a topic we’re both very passionate about, not only because as chefs we love to cook, but for the very same reason, we despise it when people disrespect the shared kitchen. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a shared kitchen in a large hostel, or a small AirBnb with only a few other guests. The kitchen is everyones, and should be respected as such. One time in Oaxaca, a couple of younger guests were sharing the kitchen with us, …

The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Often, those who visit Guatemala are pressed for time and often struggle with deciding where to visit and for how long. We were definitely part of this group, especially when trying to decide which town of Lake Atitlan to base ourselves in. Seeing as our visit coincided with the Christmas holidays, we booked our accommodation several weeks in advance – in fear that we may not find anything. We decided to split the majority of our time basing ourselves out …

Where to Eat in Granada, Nicaragua on a Budget

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Where to Eat in Granada on a Budget A stunningly well-maintained colonial city, right on the lake, in the centre of Nicaragua. With it’s colourful buildings, manicured streets and vibrant central park, it’s a popular spot. The simple fact that it’s connected to nearly everything in the country – if you’re visiting Nicaragua, you’ll likely be spending some time in Granada. Unfortunately, it’s not the cheapest destination in Nicaragua. Thankfully, we’ll show you where to eat in Granada on a …

Budget Guide to El Tunco

A Budget Guide to El Tunco, El Salvador

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El Tunco is a once-sleepy coastal village that has quickly risen in popularity among the backpacker community. There is really only two roads, both full of restaurants, hostels, hotels, and clothing stores. El Salvador is quickly rising as one of the worlds top budget destinations, now is the time to visit! A Budget Guide to El Tunco The two biggest draws to El Tunco are surfing and the nightlife. El Salvador overall is recognized worldwide as one of the best …

The Juayua Food Festival in El Salvador

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Juayua is a small village on the Ruta de la Flores in El Salvador, a popular tourist route consisting of several small villages in the cool highlands of the Northwestern edge of the country. Aside from the main pull with backpackers of the hikes to surrounding waterfalls in the area, our reason for visiting Juayua was much more specific.