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Hurricane Rina to hit Cancun in next 24 hours

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011

Hurricane Rina is hurtling towards Cancun, a popular tourist resort in Mexico.

The storm, which has sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Caribbean coast in the next 24 hours, prompting the Mexican government to issue travel warnings.

Hurricane Rina hits Cancun, Mexico - Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

It has already brushed Nicaragua and Honduras, where dozens of people have been reported killed by flooding and mudslides.

Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast today before hurtling towards Cozumel, another popular resort in Mexico.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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What to do in Antigua, Guatemala

What to do in Antigua, Guatemala

[ 0 ] April 6, 2011

Planning a trip to Guatemala? Antigua is a popular stop-off point for travellers who love Colonial charm, 16th-century architecture and horse-drawn carriages.

It’s also one of the best – and cheapest – cities to learn Spanish in Central America and many find themselves staying for months.

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala - What to do in Antigua - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to party

Nights out in Antigua consist of salsa dancing, afterhours bars and live music. Head to La Esquina to watch the locals spin themselves round on the dance floor. For a more ‘gringo’ vibe go to Mono Loco for super-cheap cocktails and disco classics.

Antigua, Guatemala - What to do in Antigua - Fabulous Travel Guide

Antigua, Guatemala - What to do in Antigua - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to do

Love adventure? Summit the dizzy heights of Pacaya – Antigua’s very own active volcano.  If shopping is more your thing then you’ll be spoilt for choice: the local market is packed full of  handpainted murals, pretty woven bags and stalls full of fresh fruit. You can also hire a bike and explore the city on wheels.

Planning a trip to Guatemala? Don’t forget to check out our favourite places Semuc Champey and Lake Atitlan – they’re to die for!

Lake Atitlan – pictures to inspire your next trip

Lake Atitlan – pictures to inspire your next trip

[ 0 ] April 3, 2011

Planning a trip to Guatemala? Lake Atitlan should be top of your agenda. Be inspired by some of our favourite pictures…

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your next trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Fallen in love yet? Wait until your cliff jumping in San Marcos or enjoying a pool party at Zoola hostel.

Where to stay in Lake Atitlan: Zoola hostel

Where to stay in Lake Atitlan: Zoola hostel

[ 0 ] April 1, 2011

Looking for a hostel in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala? Zoola in San Pedro has breathtaking views, a pool overlooking the water and plenty of social areas for guests to relax in.

And if you like spacious dorms, firm bunkbeds (these are made of stone) and pool parties on the weekend, this is your place.

Zoola hostel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Zoola hostel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

The restaurant is another reason to stay at Zoola. We love the low tables, straw mats and colourful pillows – a great combination that simply oozes backpacker style. Try the falafel pitta bread and delicious breakfast menu.

Zoola restaurant, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Prices cost from $6 for a dorm and you’ll need to book ahead – this one has been recommended by the Lonely Planet so it gets booked up fast.

See more pictures of Zoola hostel and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more travel updates and hostel reviews.

Visit volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Visit volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

[ 0 ] March 30, 2011

If you thought Lanquin was pretty, gear yourself up for Lake Atitlan – another one of Guatemala’s hidden gems. Surrounded by volcanoes and shrouded in mystery, this dramatic region is as breathtaking as it is unique.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - What to do in Lake Atitlan - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to stay

Lots of backpackers choose to stay in San Pedro (pictured below) where there’s cheap accommodation, great Spanish schools and a lively bar scene. Those looking for a more tranquil vibe should head to San Marcos where impromptu yoga classes spring up on the cliff tops. Love to shop? Panachel is packed full of souvenir stores and boutiques.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – Fabulous Travel Guide

What to do

* Brush up on your Spanish skills

If your Spanish is a bit rusty, why not take a class? Lake Atitlan has some of the cheapest schools in Central America. San Pedro Spanish School is one of our favourites with sunny classrooms and professional teachers. Five days is just $70 – and you get 4 hours per day, one-on-one tuition.

* Go cliff jumping in San Marcos

Throw yourself off a 10m-high platform (pictured below) into Lake Atitlan. The stunning backdrop of volcanoes makes for a fantastic photo.

* Hike San Pedro Volcano

Love treking? Climb the beautiful San Pedro Volcano and experience some of the best views in Central America. Make sure you take a guide – robberies have been reported on some of the trails.

* Relax in thermal springs

Enjoy fantastic views of the lake as you laze around in thermal pools in San Pedro.

Looking for more places to visit in Guatemala? Don’t leave without swimming in the crystalline pools of Semuc Champey, one of our favourite places in Central America.

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice - Fabulous Travel Guide

Crossing the border from Guatemala to El Salvador – top tips

[ 0 ] March 27, 2011

Crossing the border from Guatemala to El Salvador can be intimidating so always make sure you get there before dark.

Some locals hang around outside trying to scam tourists by telling them they need to get a stamp – then they charge you $20 to get your passport back. Ignore them – however persistant they are – and head straight into the main building.

La Estancia Hostel is a good place to crash if you have to stay in San Salvador over night (it’s not recommended to travel anywhere after dark). It costs $12 for a dorm and cooked breakfast, wifi and towels are included. Take extra care in this city- it’s notoriously dangerous.

Get more tips on crossing borders in Central America and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

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Staying safe in Central America

[ 2 ] March 12, 2011

Central America is fantastic place to travel round but some areas, such as Panama City and Managua in Nicaragua, can be really dangerous.

So if you’re travelling alone, or arriving in big cities at night, you’ll need to have your wits about you. Follow these top tips for staying safe in Central America:

* Never travel at night

It’s always best to travel during the day – especially when crossing borders or arriving in busy bus terminals. This gives you time to find a hostel and get your bearings.

* Make sure your taxi is authorised

Look for the driver’s I.D and agree a price before you get in.  Lock the doors once you’re inside – it’s not unheard of for muggers to jump in next to you at traffic lights.

* Don’t carry an expensive handbag

Be wary about getting money out in public places and use an inexpensive bag that you can wear across the body so it’s not as easy to snatch. Take enough money for the day and leave your passport and wallet in the hostel.

* Be careful where you withdraw money

Where possible, withdraw cash from inside a bank. Cloning cards is a common occurance in some places so avoid using cashpoints in dodgy areas and don´t go near them at night.

*Don´t fight back

If you´re unlucky enough to be targeted by thieves, stay calm and cooperate. Never resist or fight back and give them everything they ask for. Don´t be clever by giving them the wrong pin number – it’s simply not worth it.

* Cover up

It’s fine to wear tiny shorts to the beach – but make sure you dress respectably in large towns and cities. Otherwise you’ll attract unwanted attention – not something to be doing when you’re travelling alone.

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

You’re usually asked to leave your backpack under the bus on long journeys so carry anything of value  (such as passport, wallet, credit card etc) with you. Don´t put your bag under the seat as it can be taken (or cut open) when you’re sleeping. The best thing to do is put your passport and cash in a money belt under your clothes.

*Trust your instincts

Look around you – if shops are boarded up and there’s not much street lighting, leave immediately. Even in broad daylight you are an easy target. Don’t wander into quiet areas on your own and if you ever feel vulnerable get straight in a taxi.

TOP TIP Some girls carry pepper spray with them for protection. It may seem a little extreme but if you’re getting hassled by anyone it will give you time to make a swift exit.

Planning a trip to Central America? Get tips on crossing borders safely and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to cross borders in Central America

[ 6 ] March 4, 2011

Planning to travel through Central America? Crossing borders is fairly straight forward but occasionally tourists have trouble. Read these top tips for crossing borders safely:

* Avoid crossing borders at night

There’s usually a fair bit of walking to do between immigration offices so don’t leave yourself in a vulnerable position by arriving at night. You’re an easy target.

* Get stamped

Make sure you get stamped in and out of countries – this is really important as you could get refused entry/exit.

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice for crossing borders - Fabulous Travel Guide

Crossing borders in Central America - Tips and advice - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Keep tourist cards and documents safe

It’s a good idea to buy a passport wallet so you can tuck away forms and tourist cards.

* Proof of onward travel

Read the latest entry requirements before travelling. Some countries, such as Costa Rica and Panama, require proof of onward travel. So print off flight documents or bus tickets ready to show them.

* Ask for receipts

There is usually a departure tax/entry fee when crossing borders in Central America. However, always ask for a receipt (see Spanish phrases) as tourists are often ripped off. It’s a good idea to carry extra cash in case of emergencies.

* Change your currency before you get to the border

You’ll get a better deal if you change your currency before you reach the border.  If you do need to change money, make sure you know the exchange rate before you start negotiating.

* Be wary of fraudsters

Don’t hand your passport over to anyone until you’re safely inside the immigration building. Some fraudsters try and get you to ‘buy’ a stamp outside and insist you give them your passport. Don’t!

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

If you take a bus over the border it will usually drop you off at immigration and drive through separately. Don’t leave any valuables in your backpack – keep them on your person at all times (a money belt is a good idea).

* Travel in a group

You’re less likely to get ripped off if you’re in a group. If you’re travelling solo don’t worry, there will always be other people crossing at the same time as you so try and stick with them.

* Don’t carry drugs!

This may seem like an obvious one but it’s surprising how many travellers get into trouble because they forget to check their pockets.

Planning a trip to Central America? Get more tips for travelling safely abroad and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

Cobbled streets of Flores, Guatemala - Tikal ruins - Fabulous Travel Guide

Relax in Flores, Guatemala

[ 0 ] February 22, 2011

Planning to visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal? Flores, a beautiful little town located on an island in Lago de Petén Itza in Guatemala, is a great place to stay.

The empty restaurants and cobbled streets give it a slightly twee feel, but the stunning views of the lake, and proximity to the ruins, attract backpackers from all over the world.

Cobbled streets of Flores, Guatemala - Tikal ruins - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cobbled streets of Flores, Guatemala - Tikal ruins - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to stay

Hostel Los Amigos is the only hostel in Flores and is a great place to meet fellow travellers. Dorms cost from 45Q and privates from 120Q. The alfresco social areas are excellent, with a restaurant and bar serving cheap cocktails and heart-warming food.

What to do

  • Visit Tikal: Tours cost from 115Q. This includes transportation from your hostel, entrance fee and a tour guide. TOP TIP Some people don’t bother with a guide as it’s slightly cheaper – but make sure you do! You’ll learn so much more about the ruins and get a better understanding of Mayan culture.

Visit the Tikal ruins, Guatemala - Flores Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

  • Hike El Mirador: Discover one of the oldest Mayan cities in Central America as you trek through the jungle on a 5-day tour. Tours from Hostel Los Amigos cost from 300USD per person and include food, water, transport, camping equipment and guides.

Planning a trip to Guatemala? Visit the beautiful Semuc Champey or go cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan.

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