Date: 18 June 2013
Even though I was technically in Central America when I was in Belize, I spent my time in the Caribbean on the little island of Caye Caulker. I was planning to spend a week there, but after days of rain and a forecast of more to come, I cut my losses and left Belize earlier than planned.
Crossing the border from Belize to Guatemala – with English making way to Spanish – I now felt like I was in Central America. If the Spanish didn’t give it away, the number plates gave me a little reminder as well. I arrived in Flores to see the Mayan archaeological site at Tikal, the national treasure that features on the number plate. Most of my time though will be spent around Lake Atitlan, which is a popular place for digital nomads. The cost of living is comparable to Chiang Mai so I want to see what it would be like to live here.
My original plan was to visit all seven countries of Central America in one go. When I wrote out an itinerary on paper I was exhausted just thinking abut it, so I pared it back to two countries. Even now I am still tempted by nearby borders. I saw an advertisement for a minivan going to a beach destination in El Salvador and I immediately started calculating if I have the time. Then I came to my senses and reminded myself that I will explore the region around Atitlan. El Salvador and the other countries of Central America can wait.