Auston recently traveled to Mexico and to attend the annual North American Travel Blogging Conference TBEX in Canun as well as Isla Holbox, a small island near Cancun. During the trip, and while taking a much needed break for some sun and cocktails, he met Andres on the beach of the Moon Palace Resort, the host hotel of the conference. After chatting for sometime he learned that Andres was about to embark on a 4 month trip through Latin America and jokingly suggested that he should write about his travel experiences on Two Bad Tourists. Interested to learn that a travel blogging conference was happening in his home town, Andres discovered the world of travel blogging and quickly jumped at the opportunity to be a part.
After our time in Guatemala, we were supposed to head straight back to Mexico City to catch our next flight. But we had a few days to spare and figured why not go see Belize. It was a quick 3 day trip, but well worth it. We just went to the tiny island of Caye Caulker for some sun and snorkeling. It’s not an island with beautiful beaches or anything, but the water is clear and gorgeous!
I finally have some time and a decent internet connection to tell you about our time last week at Casa Guatemala. It’s an orphanage to about 120 kids as well as a school to about an additional 130 kids from the local community. They range in age from about 3 to 14 years old and the school is preschool to 6th grade.
We stayed at Hotel Backpackers whose profits go toward helping Casa Guatemala, the orphanage. We took a 20 minute boat ride every morning at 7:30am to the orphanage and returned in the afternoon around 4:30pm. However, our first three days there we were terribly sick. Worse than in Mexico City. Auston didn’t go to the orphanage at all the first day and I had to leave early. It lasted quite a while, but we managed to feel better midweek.
While at Casa Guatemala, we were in charge of the biblioteca (library) for the week. Truly, we had no idea what we were doing. By the end of the first day, the kids had destroyed the place. Desks knocked over. Books strewn about. They climbed the shelves, tables, and I think some of them may have had spiderman like abilities to climb the ceiling. It was chaos. And we had zero control.
We spent an unforgettable weekend at an amazing natural site in Guatemala. Semuc Champey is known for beautiful turquoise pools as well as for being difficult to get to. But it’s definitely well worth the trip. Here’s a video we shot while hiking and swimming there. Pictures here!