We are in Panama, marveling at the huge container ships that sail with precision through the narrow canal. However, our feelings at the sight of the immense freighters are mixed…
“Pura Vida” is used in Costa Rica to greet each other, but in this small Central American country, this is not just a phrase, but rather a philosophy and lived reality.
Curve by curve we slowly drive into higher and therefore cooler regions of Costa Rica. We are at lake Arenal, which takes its name from the volcano that sits on its shore. The nights are pleasantly fresh and we can finally sleep again without sweating.
We have been watching the spider monkeys above our heads swinging from branch to branch for a while now. We are in the very north of Costa Rica and stand under a huge tree that is the living room of these little circus artists.
After the border crossing marathon from El Salvador to Honduras we reach with Nicaragua the next country on our journey on the same day and it’s not just the border formalities that make us sweat!
We are in the very south of El Salvador on top of an inactive volcano and enjoy the view in the light of the setting sun.
After a pleasantly cool night, the morning light reveals a beautiful pink sky and a view of not only one but a couple of volcanoes.
After a hassle-free border crossing and a cheap stock up of our supplies, we roll the first few kilometers over Guatemala’s roads in the direction of Tikal.
Belize is a small country, only half the size of Switzerland and very sparsely populated. Roughly 23’000 square kilometers are the home of just 385’000 inhabitants.