Monday
Nov112013

The trail so far

The trail has been really cool; we’ve gotten to see a lot of interesting things. Earlier on we did several tours of landmarks, ruins, and various places like caves and a coffee plantation. I learned about the history of the area and how it came to be like it is today.

Back from when the trail when volcano boarding!

During our travels we’ve stopped in several different cities and towns, getting to experience the culture of each one. I really liked trying different types of food and learning about the lifestyles in each place. It’s great how we get to see so many places as each city seems to offer something new or unique.

Personally I am a big coffee fan so I’ve enjoyed tasting different brews. The majority is local and grows in the surrounding areas. One of my favorite places was the small island of Flores in Guatemala. There were beautiful views of the lake and areas to swim as it had a very relaxing vibe.

Then in Cofradia, Honduras we volunteered at a school where I helped teach 6th grade for the week. A family took us in and we got authentic homemade Honduran food for each meal! We got a sense of what the schooling is like and I found it very different from back at home.

After a somewhat stressful but exciting week, we came to Utila, an island in the Caribbean sea of the coast of Honduras. It is definitely another favorite of mine from the trip so far. It offers a fun atmosphere with beaches, bars, restaurants and tons of things to do.

I’ve liked how the trail is mixed with busy and slower activities; it’s nice to relax after lots of traveling and excitement. Here we also sampled a variety of food from a cheap local breakfast stand to nice dinners, all of which have been delicious.

Overall I’ve really enjoyed the trail so far and observed many new perspectives of the locals and other international travelers all through Central America.

By current trail volunteer Danielle Niemann.

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Thursday
Aug152013

Matt Sanderson's trip review

Matt Sanderson talks about his 10 unforgettable weeks on the Central America Ethical Adventure Trail!

 

Amazing. The only word suitable to describe this trip. I don't mean in simply the superlative sense, but the literal definition of the word. From day one, landing in Mexico City all the way to San Jose, the trip was incredibly well run and organised, allowing a relaxing sense of freedom blended with the knowledge that you were in the capable hands of experienced travellers if any problems did arrive. This created the perfect scenario for anyone wanting to go travelling alone but not having the confidence to do so straightaway. 

Furthermore, all the incredible activities, the sights, the sounds, the smells, everything leads to a wondrous, maybe life-changing experience. Even the little things like sitting in a market eating tacos watching a child sat on a stall in the middle of a rainstorm really put life in perspective. And nothing can ever beat sitting on a beach at sunset drinking rum, smoking a cigar and just watching the world. Undoubtedly there are many things from this trip that I will never forget, moments I will always look back on and smile at, and of course the people you travel with that you become so close to who really make the trip special.

 

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Tuesday
Jun112013

Josh Raffles - Central America Ethical Adventure Trail (6 weeks) review

I have just got back from the 6 week Central America Trail and it's safe to say it was one of the best experiences of my life! The trail itself was amazing we were given the freedom to choose what we wanted to do, not just what was on the trips itinerary which was great. Although that's not to say what was on the itinerary wasn't also fantastic, it is obvious information has been taken on from previous trails and I truly felt I had gotten the best out of Central America in the short time I had there. Information about costings of the trip was clear before I left however I would also say it is wise to bring a wee bit more if you want to enjoy a few drinks along the way which you would be mad not too!

Image courtesy of Josh Raffles, 6 week Central America Ethical Adventure Trail

The first half of the trail definitely felt more full on as we were moving from place to place every two or three nights, although this is necessary to get the most out of such a large area. This was also because of the amount of amazing sights and places we visited in the first three weeks, highlights being the Palenque ruins, Agua Azul, Semuc Champey in Lanquin and of course the world famous Tikal ruins! As a result of this the first half of the trip was the more expensive however absolute value for money.

However this meant, despite a week in a local Honduran village teaching at an international school which was incredible if very tiring, the second half of the trail provided plenty of time for us to relax and enjoy the places we visited in a more laid-back way. This was great as it was a perfect mix for those in our group who were very active and those who were more laid-back. Although everyone was up for the majority of activities especially the hiking which was great and I can now say I have successfully scaled three Central American volcanoes and see one erupt!

One of the best things about the trip however was our trail leader. He was pretty much the best trail leader we all could have asked for and without him the trip wouldn't have had been the same. Despite living in London however he isn't the best at reading Mexico City's tube maps...so don't always trust him on that one!

Overall this is a trip I would fully recommend. Especially if you are worried about the safety of travelling in central america or if your Spanish like mine is non existent. I will stay friends with the people I have met on the trail for a long time to come and have countless memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It has been and incredible first travelling experience and will definitely not be my last.

You can find Josh's five star review on the independent site Review Centre.

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