León is a beautiful city north of the capital Managua. It is home to a whole host of gorgeous architecture, beautiful parks and plazas, and interesting museums. It’s also home to the only active volcano in the world that you can “surf” down. Its mixture of culture, architecture, and thrill-seeking offers travellers a variety of fun and enjoyable ways to spend their time during their visit. In this article I will talk through my top five fun ways to spend your time in León.
Because we were travelling from Colombia to Costa Rica, AJ and I decided that it would be a shame to miss out on visiting the Panama Canal while we had the chance, so added in a quick four-day stopover in Panama City. We didn’t really know what to expect from the city, and were pleasantly surprised by our time exploring the Casco Viejo, or old city. Panama City is in the middle of a revival; walking around the city you can see brand new restored buildings side-by-side with crumbling facades waiting to be restored. It has a quirky, bohemian feel to it thanks to the amount of American expats and tourists, and is a good place to wander around and relax in. In this article I’ll discuss the various things to do and see while staying in the old town of Panama City.
Colombia has been one of the most pleasant surprises of our travels so far; we hadn’t originally planned to visit, but were told such good things about it by travellers we met that we decided to set some time aside for it, and I’m really glad we did. I absolutely LOVED spending time in Colombia; the one and only thing I’m a bit miffed about is that we couldn’t spare more than three weeks, so I feel like we only managed to scrape the surface of this friendly and beautiful country. I’ve already planned to come back to explore it more extensively, but here are my favourite memories from our short time in Colombia.
You can read all about our Colombia adventures here.
Cartagena is a wonderfully vibrant city full of history and culture, from its colonial architecture and original city walls to its many and varied museums. There are also many parks and beaches providing opportunities to relax and unwind. A trip to Colombia would be incomplete without a visit to this city boasting Café Havana, Casa Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and its local mud bath volcano. Below I’ve put together a three-day itinerary for seeing the best of Cartagena, with ideas for what to do afterwards.
Cali is a beautiful city in the southwest of Colombia, full of a mixture of new and old-style buildings, beautiful examples of colonial architecture, impressive street art, fabulous (and not-so-fabulous) parks, and interesting museums. Top all that off with some really nice food options and Cali is definitely worth a visit. AJ and myself spent two days exploring the San Antonio area of Cali; in this article, I will go through the sights we explored and how we found them.
Cuenca is a lovely colonial town in the south of Ecuador, full of beautiful buildings, street art, and interesting museums. Everything in the town is within walking distance, so you can easily spend your days there wandering from place to place, enjoying the scenery as you go, and taking a break in one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the town. AJ and I spent three days there exploring as much of Cuenca as we could, including;
While it once had a less-than-stellar reputation (and in a sense still does – I get strange looks every time I tell people that I enjoyed my stay), Guayaquil is growing as a city and a tourist destination. A lot of work has been done to improve its appeal and I would encourage travellers to take a few days to explore and enjoy this vibrant city, rather than just using it as a pitstop on the way to the Galapagos Islands or other Ecuadorian cities. Here are my top things to do while staying in Guayaquil.