Parenthood and Passports - Guatemala

Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the lesser visited Central American countries, but tourism is now a growing industry. Although it is the most populated country in Central America, it is still one of the poorest. Unlike it’s neighbors to the north and east, Mexico and Belize, tourism has not been a major income source for Guatemala…

Parenthood and Passports - Tikal with a baby or toddler

Visiting Tikal with a baby or toddler

Tikal is a phenomenal park, but for many families with small children visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site seems intimidating. Perhaps it’s the sheer amount of walking and climbing. Maybe it’s the journey into Guatemala. Or possibly the thought of spending hours in the hot Central American sun with a little one in tow. But,…

Parenthood and Passports - Local Markets

The local market: a look at real life everywhere

Every time we visit a new country I try to get a feel for what life is really like for the people who live there. Maybe it’s a natural curiosity or a desire to break out of that tourist stereotype, but I’ve found there is always one sure fire way to get an honest perspective…

Parenthood and Passports - Driving across the Belize Guatemala border

Driving across the Belize/Guatemala border

Border crossings can be a bit confusing, especially when it comes to this part of the world. Unlike the EU, crossing into another country in the Americas is a process… sometimes a quite lengthy one. As English speakers, who only know survival Spanish, crossing the Belize/Guatemala border added another layer of difficulty with the language…

Parenthood and Passports - Weird things you'll see in Belize and Guatemala

Weird Things You’ll See In Belize and Guatemala

To say life in Belize and Guatemala is different than it is in the United States would be somewhat of an understatement. America may share the same continent as these two countries, but that’s basically where the similarities end. Life moves at a slower pace in this part of Central America. It’s somewhat primitive and…

Parenthood and Passports - Driving in Belize

Driving in Belize: What you should know

I thoroughly believe the best way to experience any Central American country is to rent a car and drive. (Perhaps that’s the best way to discover any country.) You get a true look at what the day-to-day life is like for the people of that country, you see areas that aren’t built up by tourism,…

Parenthood and Passports = Is it safe to drive in costa rcia

Is it safe to drive in Costa Rica?

Is it safe to Drive in Costa Rica? This is a question we got asked a lot after our trip to Costa Rica last year, and periodically I still get asked about any safety issues during that road trip.¬† Now that we are planning another road trip across yet another Central American country, I figured…

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Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize

My husband and I have always been extremely active people. Prior to children, a beach vacation never actually involved relaxing on the beach. We have gone swimming with dolphins, sharks, manatees, sting rays, and sea lions. We’ve also jet skied, snorkeled, boated, hiked. We’ve always gone exploring to the extreme in whatever island or coastal…

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