We tour our friends cigar factory and visit the first coffee plantation in the area that was settle by some crazy Germans who decided to stay instead of continue on their way to the California gold rush!
I’ve been posting the last few videos from my phone since we’ve been out camping for the last few weeks. Now, I’m lounging in a nice lady named “CC’s” house (AirBnB).
This week we enjoy the last bit of El Salvador, do two long border crossings to get through Honduras and end up offroading late into the night in Nicaragua to reach our friends house.
Some nights I don’t sleep because of a hill we go down looking for a secret little spot to camp. I keep thinking about rainfall and mud and having to winch our way out or worse...
We hated to leave Guatemala. I’ve never entered a country not knowing a soul and left with several close friends. Still, we needed to get a move on and head for El Salvador. We’d heard the most bad news about El Sal and Honduras so this could be interesting.
This week I get to drive our new buddy’s Porsche 911 around Guatemala City and head to a car show in Antigua before flying back to work Overland Expo East for a few weeks!
This week we make some repairs in Antigua, do a training session for some new Guatemalan friends and then we head back home for Overland Expo East.
This week we head to Antigua and Lake Atitlan to explore and relax. I love that we were visiting a lake that my mom used to waterski when she was a flight attendant for Panam during stopovers. What a trip, to picture her out there carving turns long ago!
Our longest day of the trip so far driving, winching mostly, up Sierra Las Minas.
So, here we are in Cartagena. Something about that name. Carta-Hain-ya! It conjures images of exotic travel, historic architecture and maybe, if you’re an 80's kid like me, images of Michael Douglas or Danny DeVito driving through the jungle seeking adventure and riches. Somehow, that silly movie (I meant great movie…
This week we head deeper into the Peten looking for more remote ruins, which you aren’t normally able to access in the rainy season, without a boat.
We start enjoying the bluest water we’ve ever seen. From Cenotes to lakes it all seems like disneyland colored water.
Well, here we are looking for a safe spot to camp for free the night before our inspection. Tomorrow morning we were headed to where another Overlander watched a guy get shot and killed directly in front of him, for a mandatory police inspection of our truck. To say we were a bit nervous was an understatement.
Time to enjoy one last bit of Mexico and head to Guatemala!
BACK TO THE BEACH!! Thank goodness. I feel at home in the mountains, desert or at the beach. Time to head to one of those.
This week we leave Overlander Oasis to explore the local mountains and camp remote for a few days before returning to the Oasis for Mexican Independence day and the pyrotechnics that come with it!
We head for Oaxaca and the Overlander Oasis to stay put for a few days looking for a good deal on a new set of tires. We also find out we need some exhaust work! Then we meet the first fellow travelers of the trip and it feels a little bit like home.
*By area of the base. Every town has their claim to fame and Cholula is no different. They have a giant pyramid that actually looks like a mountain in the middle of town. The Catholics happily built a giant church on top of it, as you do.
This town was actually our favorite of the trip. It was an unassuming choice, but…
We slow down, stay above 10,000 feet as much as possible and explore more of Mexico’s quiet high country.