Tikal, Guatemala


I did a daytrip from San Ignacio to Tikal, and though it was a long ride, it was worth it.

Tikal dates to 300 bc.
In one of the thumbs, 16 kg jade was found next to the body.
Tical is 16 km2 and only 20% has been excavated, el Mirador in the jungle to the north of Guatemala is older and bigger.


The Lunar temple (the last photo) has 9 stellers,
And the pyramid across from it has 9 doors. 9+9, 18= moons a year
The 5 levels of the moon temple: 18*5=90 which is 1/4 of a year, or the 90 days it takes for the sun to move to the next cardinal point.



San Ignacio, Belize



From Belize city, catch a bus to Belmopan. From Belmopan, take the bus to San Ignacio. It is about 15 Belize dollars in total and takes a couple of hours.

San ignacio is a small town in the jungle covered hills of Western Belize. The food is much cheaper than on Caye Calker, but tours are more expensive. The town is twin town with Santa Elena, divided by the Macal River.

What to do 

  • Visit the farmers market. You get 5 bananas and a plantain for a belize dollar; six tomatos, a bell pepper, two plantains and and avocado for 7 belize dollars ; a papaya and 5 bananas for 5 Belize dollars. .. It is so cheap, and delicious to cook your own meal from fresh local ingredients.
  • Walk 20 minutes up hill to visit Cahal Pech ruins.
  • Take a swim in the Macal River.





This tour is amazing. You hike 10 km in total in a beautiful landscape. 3 km of the hike is inside the cave, where you pass through water and climb.  the cave was used by ancient Mayas to sacrifice to Chak, the rain god. 17 bodies have been found in there so far, and you get to see some of them . You will also see dripstone formations .


Rio Frio Cave (Mountain Pine Ridge) 

Caves were sacred to the ancient Mayas, and they always asked for permission to enter. When you see Rio Frio Cave, you will understand why. It is breathtaking.


Rio on Poles (Mountain Pine Ridge) 



Caracol is the biggest ruin site in Belize, and stunning. My group was lucky to see a puma on the road towards the site, which are were rare. We also saw hawler monkeys . From the top of the Sky Palace the view is amazing, and you clearly see Guatemala to the West. Another structure was used as a calender. On sunrise on respectively summer solstice ,equinox and winter solstice, the sun would shine though the first, central or third window.



Caye Calker, Belize

Bus from Orange Walk to Belize City: 5 Belize dollars.
Tazi from the busstation to the water taxi: 8 Belize dollars.
Water taxi return: 22 Belize dollars .
What to do
  • Relax
  • Go on a snorkling tour to Hol Chan!!! I got to see a manatee ,dolphins ,turtles, nurse sharks, an eagle ray and much more.
  • Eat seafood
Where to stay
I stayed on Pause Hostel, which I can recommend. It is as close to water as you can get, you can borrow canooes for free, you only share the room with three others, it is cheap and the staff is friendly.
What to eat 
Bambooze: lobster ceviche and a soda for 25,75 belize dollars. The restaurant is located on the beach, close to the water taxi, and you can sit on a swing while you eat. I really liked the atmosphere.
Steve’s grill (across from Bambooze): a grilled lobster, two sides (coconut rice and beans, garlic green beans, mashed potatos, cawl slaw) and two rum punch for 25 belize dollars.
Though the place is simple, the food was delicious.
Koko King: Grab a boat to the Northern island. Just ask locals for directions for Koko King and they will point out the direction. You have to buy for 20 belize dollars to get a day pass and thereby free boat rides. Koko King has beach area, arestaurant and bar, tubes, and constant reggae music.
I had a delicious Buddha bowl, a side of plantain and a rom and coke for only 23 dollars.

Ammoudia – Epirus, Greece



Ammoudia is a quiet tourist town by a small bay South of Parga in Epirus, Greece. There is almost no night life, and only a small selection of restaurants, but if you want to chill out on a sandy Beach or go on excursions Ammoudia is a good choice.


The river mouth of the Acheron River is the heart of Ammoudia. That is where you find the majority of the restaurants. All restaurants serve fresh seafood. My personal favorite Ammoudia dish is grilled calamari.

Acheron means “no joy”. According to myths, Charon, the ferryman of Hades, carried the souls of the deceased to Acheron, which was perceived as the gateway to Hades, the underworld.21247659_10155819590244880_702643915_o

Another myth goes like this: Hades was in love with Persephone. One day, when her mother had left her by herself, he kidnapped her and took her to the Underworld. Persephone’s mother is Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. When she couldn’t find her daughter, Demeter spent her time searching for her daughter rather than taking care of the plants. As time passed all plants died and people began to starve. Zeus had to take action, so he sent Hermes to Hades. Hades freed Persephone, but as she was about to leave, he offered her a pomegranate. She ate half of it. All food from the underworld is cursed, therefore, Persephone had to return to Hades for 6 months every half a year. This is why we have seasons.

See the story as a small movie



If you walk about 5 km along the road towards South you will reach the archeological sites of Nekromanteion (8 Euro) and Ephyra. Archeological findings reveal that human beings have been present in the area in the late Bronze Ages (16th-11th BC), the Hellenistic Period, Post-byzantine Peiod and the Ottoman Period. Both places have been fortified.

Nekromanteion “the Oracle of the Dead” was a temple devoted to Hades and Persephone, and it was believed to be the entrance to Hades. People came there to talk with their deceased loved ones. Communication with the dead happened in Group ceremonies. Today you can enter a underground room which is quite impressive architectonically and which has an almost magical atmosphere.

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Oracle of the Dead



Figs from the roadside trees


From the river mouth you can buy boat trips to Parga (15 Euro) and to Paxos and Antipaxos (25 Euro for a day trip).





Day trips

Meteora: Greek Orthodox monasteries suspended in air

Wow what a landscape!!!, and wow!!! … How is that possible?

This area truely earn to be on UNECO‘s list

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Butrint, Albania

Yet a UNESCO site

Occupation dating from 50 000 BC

According to mythology, the place is founded by exiles from Troy. It has been a fortress, a Greek polis with a Theater, a Roman spa town, an Episcopal residence; it has been under Greek, Roman; Venetian, Ottoman and Albanian rule.

Here you find the remains of ancient civilizations combined with beautiful nature.


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Costa Blanca – Calpe


map.png The public bus from Torrevieja to Alicante cost 4,5 Euro and from Alicante to Calpe 7,25 Euro. Do not expect the drivers to speak English:)

Calpe is a very beautiful small town surrounded by water.


You can swim in the Mediterranean, watch flamencos in the salt lake or hike up Penyal d’lfach.


The hike

I recommend that you leave town no later than 8 am to avoid the strongest heat. It takes about 1½ hour to reach the top, and you should not do it if you are scared of hights or if you have bad balance.

As you leave town watch how the sunrise reflects in the salt lake.


You will pass the remains of Medieaval Calpe

Penyal d'lfach medieval

Though I saw children on the top, this hike is not for all

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Costa Blanca – Torrevieja


A public bus from Alicante airport to Torrevieja costs about 7 euro.

I was surprised by the silence of Torrevieja. Besides from the coastline North of the marina to Playa de los Locos, it was easy to find uncrowed spots.

The first place I visited, was Laguna de Torrevieja. The salt lake becomes red when the sun is shining, and fascinating pictures of that was what had lead me to Torrevieja. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy when I was there, but the lake was still beautiful. A lot of people were floating in the lake – it you want to do that, you have to bring water to rinse the salt of your body.


At night, as a woman walking alone, I found it safest to stay on the tourist strip from the marina to Playa del Cura. when I entered side roads, strange guys called out !hola! and !guapa!.

I spent my first day walking from the center of Torrevieja towards south. After three hours, I reached Punta Prima, a nice and quiet beach with good views. I took my time and enjoyed the views – it took only 1½ hour to walk back

I spent my second day walking towards North. North of Playa de los Locos the coastline is very beautiful. This is not the place to go, if you are looking for white sand beaches; but if you are into panoramic vistas and rocks, it’s your spot.

After two hours I reached, what became my favorite place: the clefts in-between Cala de la Higuera and Cala de la Zorra. I arrived at noon, and enjoyed a fresh breeze and an amazing view from the top of the cleft. Then I continued to Torre del moro just around the corner.

Walking back, I stoped once again at Cala de la Zorra, where I walked down the walkways and stairs that lead down the cleft towards a small beach.

Finally I enjoyed a sangria at Playa de los Locos

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I can strongly recommend melaconones amarillos (yellow peaches)!!!!

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