About JoefromTO

I’m an aspiring world traveller. I’ll be taking my family of five on the road for a year to see where it leads us. While I’m writing this there is approximately 10 months till we hit the road with our backpacks. Till then I’ll be teaching and trying to survive being a dad.

A day trip to Tikal Ruins

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We left San Ignacio, Belize early in the afternoon, our destination El Remate, Guatemala. Never heard of it? Neither had I. We chose our hotel here because it was the closest affordable place to the Tikal ruins we could find. It’s not a major town like Flores, but it would do for a night and it was only about 30 minutes to Tikal. […]

By |2019-10-19T13:18:32-04:00August 1st, 2019|Central America, El Remate, Guatemala, Tikal|1 Comment

Two Fantastic Nights in Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar, or Laguna Bacalar, is a small town in Southern Mexico. This was our last stop in Mexico. During our two nights in Bacalar, we investigated the laguna, spent an afternoon swimming at a local beach called Balnearios, found a fantastic place to have breakfast, and met up with Charo’s cousin Rafael and his family for the second time on our trip. […]

By |2020-05-20T04:48:41-04:00July 26th, 2019|North America, Bacalar, Booking.com, Mexico|1 Comment

2 nights in Xaibe, Belize

It was hard leaving Bacalar. We enjoyed our short time there. Bacalar is a place we will return to in the future. For now, onward to Belize. Our friends Before continuing, Charo, Marco, Daniela, Mateo, and I have to acknowledge and thank our good friends Marcos and Audrey. We met through our children who are in the same grades. Zach is the same age as Marco, while Emery is the same age as Daniela and Mateo. On at least two different occasions, I remember being invited to their house for dinner. The kids played while we spent hours planning our time in Belize. After we hammered out a rough itinerary, Marcos took it steps further by contacting his family to get us places to stay in both Xaibe and San Ignacio. To outdo himself, he made sure we didn't have to take any public transportation while we there and arranged for his brother to lend us a car! I can safely say, our experience could not have been possible without their help. Arriving to Belize We ended up taking a taxi to the frontier (the border) from Bacalar. It was about a 30-minute drive at the cost of 300 pesos. When we got out of the taxi, we were greeted by someone who identified themselves as a border agent, and we found out shortly after he was a taxi driver looking for a fare. He followed us through immigration and helped us exchange money. To say he was pushy was an understatement. We were going to take a bus to Xiabe, but we ended up hiring him for $20 US. We probably could have done better for a taxi, perhaps [...]

By |2020-05-22T01:51:50-04:00July 25th, 2019|Belize, Central America, Home Stay, Xaibe|1 Comment

Two nights in Mahahual

The bus from Tulum arrived in Mahahual past 9 pm. We had spent as much time in Tulum as possible, taking advantage of our time spent with Charo’s cousins Susan and Rafael and their families. When we arrived, the kids were tired and ready to fall asleep. Our Two nights in Mahahual backpacking had begun, but our adventures would have to wait for the next day. […]

By |2019-10-26T21:32:31-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Mahahual, Mexico, North America|1 Comment
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