Thursday
Apr172014

Lake swimming and temple visiting

We swam in this beautiful lake in Flores and the day after we visited the most amazing maya temle called Tikal!

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Wednesday
Apr162014

The perfect day

After having left San Cristibal de las Casas we went to Palenque city by bus. There we had a 90 min walk through the jungle with a maya local guide! After this we visited the Palenque maya ruins and then we went to discover the Roberta waterfalls! Before leaving the waterfalls, some volunteers began to play football with local children and they didnt want to leave! What a perfect day!

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Flores

Buenos dias beautiful island of Flores!! After a great and healthy breakfast, the volunteers are getting ready to visit the biggest maya ruins: Tikal!!

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Hasta la vista Mexico!

On the way to Guatemala!! Bye bye dear Mexico!!

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Volunteer blog: Alexis Daudistel 

Tuesday 8th April - Today we took a tour of two different ruins and the shrine of Guadalupe. The first ruins we visited were the Tlatelolco. They were in the middle of the city when learning about them the your guide told is that the ancient city kept building layers and layers on top of each other. Today there is only a tiny bit of the ruins themselves but there is now a Catholic Church sitting on top of some of them.

Next we headed to the shrine of Guadalupe. This part was very interesting there are two different church's/shrines next to each other. The oldest one is so old that it is now leaning because it is sinking into the ground! When you first walk into it it's a weird feeling because you’re on a distinct slope; it has high ceilings and beautiful artwork all over. The second shrine is the newest one it's a very large modern Catholic Church with the shrine at the very back we walked in during mass so we all had to be very quiet.

After the shrines we headed to the massive Teotihuacan Ruins. We stopped right before them at an interesting home and shop where they make handcrafted everything; they showed us all the different ways they make everything from blankets to huge stone carvings out of all natural material. They fed us a delicious traditional Mexican food buffet and sent us off to the ruins - which were stunning! Two huge pyramids one for the moon and on we for the sun; between the two were smaller almost half pyramids where all of the people lived. The artwork in the stone was so interesting things like dragons with sea shells and such. The guide said that if the family was important enough they would even have their own condensed version of a pyramid in their home for ceremonies.

We climbed the moon pyramid first but none of us expected the stairs to be so steep so we only were allowed to go halfway up as the rest of it was shut off. Once on top it was an amazing view of the rest if the ruins and the surrounding landscape! After slowly getting back down the moon pyramid, some of us more gracefully than others, we headed to the sun pyramid preparing ourselves for the work out of a lifetime. Climbing the steps got so steep sometimes but we all knew that it would be worth it in the end to see everyone so high up and on top of that - who gets the chance to say they climbed to the top of ancient ruins! Although you actually have a better view from the moon pyramid reaching the top of the sun was so rewarding. We had almost two hours to wander around and be curious we took full advantage there were merchants walking around trying to sell us things every 5 minutes - those who didn't know Spanish learned quickly how to politely say no thank you! After retiring to our hostel we decided to see the city a bit we walked around and explored. It's so awesome to see how life works in a big city in such a different country then any of our own. The rest of the night we all hung out, ate dinner and decided to finish the night with a rooftop meeting to get to know one another and be briefed on our entire trip by our amazing trail leader Julia! We were all so excited to see what come next!

By Alexis Daudistel, trail volunteer

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Volunteer blog: Celia Smith

Day One - we all arrived at different times of the day in the airport of Mexico City on Monday the 7th of April. Our kind trail leader Julia was here to welcome each and every one of us! The first three volunteers Sofia, Will and Junior arrived at about the same time in the morning and there was enough time for Julia to bring them to the hostel before picking up the next volunteers! 

In the early afternoon Alex, Leah, Alexis, Allison, Brandon, Anna and I arrived in the airport where we all introduced ourselves! We headed to the hostel by taking 3 different metros in the chaotic and crowded subways of Mexico City. Finally at the hostel after carrying our heavy bags for hours we can now relax on the rooftop or in our comfy bunk-beds! We walked around the beautiful center of the city through the main commercial street where some of us stopped for mangos and others stopped to take a picture of the authentic architecture that can be found at every corner of the city! We were still expecting 4 more volunteers: Polly, Jonah, Ben and Jehan. They didn't arrive until late that evening; all of us were already sleeping after a tiring yet interesting day and a nice meal made by the kind staff of the hostel.

By Celia Smith, Trail volunteer

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Monday
Apr142014

Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula

3rd day: Rudy the owner of Iguana Hostel led an unforgettable tour especially for us to Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula towns! We visited traditional villages, churches, a cementery, we met maya women, we learnt how to make tortillas, we dressed up in traditional clothes, we tried a traditional drink called Pox and we finished the tour at a local mexican canteen!! what a perfect day! Thanks Rudy!

Buen provecho = enjoy your meal at the mexican canteen!

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Monday
Apr142014

San Cristobal de las Casas

We arrived in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas State after a 13h bus journey! This hostel is so cool and Rudy the owner is so nice to us!

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Thursday
Apr102014

Market visits

2nd day: visiting three local markets with a local guide! So colourful, exotic and delicious food!

 

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Thursday
Apr102014

First day 

First day in Mexico! After having visited the Teotihuacan pyramids we went to have a look at this pretty colonial house in the city center!

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Thursday
Apr102014

Howdy folks!

The central american trail has just begun! Getting ready to visit this huge and georgeous city!

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Monday
Mar242014

An unforgetable experience!

Bye bye to everyone!! Today is our last night of the 10 week central america trail! We have seen & laughed & done so much! An unforgetable experience!

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Monday
Mar172014

Camp Maintenance Day! 

Camp maintenance day! Our goal: find an appropiate bambu, cut it and bring it back to the camp! We need a new one before our hamocks fell down!

 

 

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Monday
Mar172014

GOODBYE TO THE TRAIL! 

All good things come to an end! I said good bye to the other trailer Nick this morning, and I will be headed back to snow tomorrow.


What an incredible adventure it has been! We started off as three strangers meeting for the first time in Mexico City. Ten weeks later we are friends that travelled Central America together! From exploring Mayan ruins, to hiking up volcanoes, to scuba diving and surfing, its been the trip of a lifetime!

We had the pleasure of spending our last four weeks in the Costa Rican jungle with some amazing people and animals. Our days were filled with turtle patrols, butterfly netting, primate surveys and football with the locals. Some highlights for me were seeing my first sea turtle, spending full days following monkeys though the jungle, camping out on the gorgeous Matapalo beach and definitely the wonderful people on camp. Truly a once in a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten!

By Robin Green

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Friday
Feb282014

Turtle patrol

It is worth to wake up at three in the morning for turtle tracking!!

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Friday
Feb282014

Cool camp

This is where we live!! I wish you could hear the wildlife too!!

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Friday
Feb282014

Getting behind the science

Having the opportunity to attend scientific presentations while being on the camp!!

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Monday
Feb242014

Beach volleyball

Volleyball and sunset at the Costa Rica beach!! What a perfect combination!!

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Monday
Feb242014

Heading to Frontier's conservation camp

In one hour we are leaving to the jungle!! Where frontier's camp is!! We are so excited to go there and to volunteer there for one month! Here is sooooo hot!!!! Then later... We arrived in the frontiers camp!!! Setting up our new place!

First day being on the field!we saw already an anteater and a praying mantus! This place is incredible! We are 27 people working and volunteering at the frontiers costa rica conservation camp!

 

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Thursday
Feb202014

Volunteer Blog: Nick Clark

Leaving Granada, we had two hot and sticky chicken bus rides to the surfing town of San Juan del Sur, where we cooled off by jumping straight in the freezing cold sea which was perfect!

The beach at San Juan del Sur

After a night exploring the local bars we spent the following day roaming the town and walking the entire length of the beach, as well as visiting the local market to buy fresh fruit and veg to cook with as our hostel had a pretty good kitchen, and in the evening we hung out on the roof-top lounge with hammocks and a bar!

On our second morning we tried surfing for the first time, which was loads of fun but left us bruised and battered! We liked the relaxed atmosphere and the cool winds in San Juan that we decided to stay and extra day, which we spent shopping for gifts and chilling, as we knew this would be our last stop before the journey to the jungle!

The following day, after crossing the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border and a six our coach journey we arrived in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Our hostel was nice and homely, so we cooked one of Robin's favourites from home, grilled cheese, which Julia and I tried for the first time! We spent the rest of the evening playing pool and watching Finding Nemo (albeit in Spanish which was funny).

We got up nice and early the next morning to catch our coach, which took us on a gruelling eight our journey right across Costa Rica, high above the clouds which had some amazing scenery, until we finally arrived in Puerto Jimenez, where after arriving, hot and sticky, we showered, ate and promptly fell asleep!

That brings us today, where in a few hours we catch the collectivo to head to the jungle!

By Nick Clark, trail volunteer

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