A Little Transportation… You’d Never Do that Back Home!

An internal debate wages on for the brief seconds it takes me to decide to ignore my dad’s chirping voice of caution in my head. Instead, I hoist my backpack over the tailgate of the truck and then hoist myself over said tailgate. The truck engine rumbles to a start and the 15 other backpackers …

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Panoramic view over the Tikal ruins and jungle in Guatemala

A Little Wander… Exploring Guatemala’s Tikal Ruins & Wildlife

The sounds of wildlife are what sold me on visiting the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala. Our small group of backpackers had started our guided tour with pattering feet and chatter while we entered the jungle, until our guide, Luis, abruptly halted us. He held up a single hand to silence the group—a mere formality …

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