Thursday
Jul312014

Everybody loves Utila

Another beautiful morning in Utila! Everyone is loving the diving and the chicken Baleadas!

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Monday
Jul282014

Happy Birthday Alex

Today was Alex's birthday! To celebrate the guys went ziplining, pictures to follow!

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Monday
Jul282014

Hello Honduras!

The trail reached country no.3 today, Honduras! Staying the night in the Mayan town of Copan before heading to the Caribbean coast. Everyone is excited about what this intriguing country has to offer!

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Friday
Jul252014

Time for some kayaking

The bbq chicken expertly cooked by Miguel (who runs our hostel) was sublime! A beautiful day was the perfect oportunity to get some kayaks and explore Atitlan lake.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Staff blog: Breathtaking mountains

After watching the sun set over the rooftops of Flores we headed deep into the Guatemalan hills to the remote town of Lanquin. Here we relaxed by the river and swam in the awe inspiring pools of Semuc Champey.

The journey to Antigua included a drive around the outskirts of Guatamala City. The views of this sprawling urban landscape were breathtaking, particularly after the remote mountain village of Lanquin. Now in Antigua it's cobbled colonial streets have the most impressive backdrop of 3 volcanoes. Spanish for "old", Antigua was formerly the capital of Guatamala. After a succession of earthquakes culminating in seismic activity razing the city in 1774 the capital was moved 20 miles to Guatamala city. It has been rebuilt over the last 200 years and present day Antigua is a pretty grid system of thick walled colonial architecture and remains of some of the most hardy churches of the 1700s.

This afternoon we are heading up the active Pacaya Volcano then we head to San Pedro De La Laguna to spend a few days relaxing by the beautiful Atitlan Lake!

By Gareth, Trail Leader

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Volunteer Blog: Melanie McCabe

So we began our journey through Guatemala with a bone rattling journey from the border on a 'road' for 4 hours, before cheering when moving onto a smooth heaven of tarmac. Finally arrived in Flores, not wasting any time before leaping into the lake opposite our hostel. Certainly refreshing after a 12 hour border crossing! Flores was a welcome treat, allowing us to chill out by the lake and drink cocktails. A few of us climbed Tikal and explored the ruins, whilst chasing some monkeys, coming back with excited reviews!

Then for another bus journey, 9 hours because of a few detours by the driver to fix his van (worrying?) and arrived in the outstanding Lanquin through the Guatemalan hills/mountains. It was incredible seeing the contrast in development in the rural areas of this country. We arrived, hot and sticky and didn't leave much time before a few of us leapt into the mountain river next to the hostel, rising above the mountains... Bit of a climb up to the toilet block, but at least it was a well earned view! We allowed ourselves a day of relaxing and reading before an insane day of tubing, caving and exploring Semuc Champey. Here, a few of us climbed the inside of the caves and plunged into the waters, climbed over bridges and flew off swings to do the very same, before tackling the hills before more refreshing pools.

Headed back to pack and then found ourselves back on the bus at 06:00am for yet another 8 hour journey. But, here we are in Antigua and we've managed to climb the dizzy heights of Pacaya, one of the many volcanoes in the area. Now... Time for a cold beer!

By Melanie McCabe, Trail Volunteer

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Pacaya Volcano

Trekking up Pacaya Volcano has been one of the most impressive things that we've seen in the last 2 weeks, and that's saying something! This was topped off by some marshmallows cooked by the heat of the rocks!

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Monday
Jul212014

Semuc Champey blog 2!

Caving by candlelight, tubing down the bluest river we've ever seen and trekking to the beautiful Semuc Champey. Everyone was blown away by the stunning views!

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Friday
Jul182014

Volunteer blog: Harmeet Momi

Mexico City has been a hectic 2 visits, checking out the zocalo, drinking mescal and sampling some great street food!

Visiting the more upmarket condessa and Roma was different from the business of the city and surrounding areas including chalputapec were green and refreshing as well as full of museums.

Teotichaman was an hour away and is home to old pyramid/Mayan ruins. A big ground, we decided to cover just one main pyramid, 70m high and 250 Ish steps. Great views! To top it off Germany wins and makes it to the final, Julia our German frontier member is ecstatic.

Chamula was our first stop once in San cristobal at hostel iguana, locals wearing shaggy coats in July!

S.C main town centre is full of coffee shop heaven! Cooking in the evenings has been great as well as celebrating our group leader, Gareth's, birthday! We visited the amazing Sumidero canyon where we saw crocodiles and jaw dropping heights of 1km cliffs.

Palenque held home to a much more humid environment and on the way we stopped at azul agua waterfalls for a short walk up and dip in the lukewarm waters and lastly palenque ruins, energy was wavering by now, but we had a good look round the widespread  ruins whilst Julia sat and watched Germany win the World Cup final and still run to the peak of the highest pyramid!

To finish off we had a sweaty stay at Jungle palace, palenque with  live Latin music and an eventful morning of border crossing over to Guatemala via bus and boat!

By Harmeet Momi, Trail Volunteer

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Friday
Jul182014

We love Lanquin!

Paradise hut accomodation and river bathing = loving life in Lanquin!

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Friday
Jul182014

Semuc Champey

Possibly the most beautiful cascading waterfalls ever!

On the bus to Semuc Champey!

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Friday
Jul182014

Tikal!

A day spent exploring the beautiful ruins...

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Friday
Jul182014

Busy busy busy!

We've certainly been busy since the last post: waterfalls, ruins, jungle huts and border crossings! Just watched the sun set over flores and tomorrow heading to lanquin for Semuc Champey and some caving!

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Monday
Jul142014

Cañón del Sumidero

Sumidero Canyon was stunning. Walls if rock 1km high and some serious wildlife spotting!

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Monday
Jul142014

San Cristobal de la Casas

32 degrees and beaming sunshine! Cathedrals and sampling some amazing local coffee was the order of the day, it's also Gareth's birthday!

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Friday
Jul112014

San Cristobel!

12 hours on a bus, but certainly worth it to arrive in the San Cristobel sunshine - A welcome tranquility after the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. A trip to an indigenous village with a lovely lunch in the square, followed by winding down in the hammocks at the hostel-Everyone in good spirits and looking forward to exploring the town tomorrow!

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Friday
Jul112014

In the presense of angels

First stop Chapultipec park to stretch the legs before hopping on the bus. Next stop San Cristobel de las Casas!

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Wednesday
Jul092014

A day full of adventure

Today the trail took a trip to Teotihuacan. We had a great explore of the ruins and witnessed some amazing views from the top of the Pyramid of The Sun. The 70 metre accent didn't stop Julia jumping for joy at Germany getting to the final later at Plaza de la Constitution!

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Wednesday
Jul092014

The July 2014 trail has begun

And so it begins, the July 2014 Central America Ethical Adventure trail! With half the group arriving later, those already here have been relaxing on the hostel roof - complete with it's own funky church dome!

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Friday
May232014

Volunteering time!

7 volunteers left the group and the Central American trail has come to its end. The rest of the group (8 participants) arrived yesterday at the Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation project!

First impressions:

Will: First impressions it was... nicer than I thought it would be! People seem really nice and friendly. The food was surprisingly good but getting used to sleeping on a hammock was difficult. I haven't had a nice sleep but I guess I will get use to it. I'm looking forward for my first primates survey.

Jonnah: This is nicer than I was expecting. I was expecting more basic. Sleeping on a hammock might be hard. I'm looking forward to seeing things, to getting involved and to getting into it a little bit more.

Leah: Good! It is very self-sufficient and full of lovely and passionate people! 

Anna: I think everything has been mentioned! 

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