Yes, I was somewhat shattered to once again not get to see lava. But “thems the breaks” as they say. But I can’t complain, the view on top of Volcán Pacaya and the surrounding areas was incredible to say the least. It had just rained (actually whilst we were climbing), which meant the water turned to steam and made the whole scene very dramatic. To demonstrate how hot it was up there, our guide had brought a branch of a tree and held it above one of the volcano’s vents. Within in no time it caught on fire and I was chuffed.
But I am fibbing somewhat. A night or two before we were sitting on top of our hotel, having a beer and soaking up the nighttime atmosphere of Antigua, and something in the distance (in the direction of Volcán Fuego) caught my eye. IT WAS LAVA! Even though I think we were 10km or so away, this amazing lava stuff was shooting into the sky and then rolling/dribbling down the edge of the volcano and slowly fading into the darkness. If only we were half the distance away. But it was still incredible.
Whilst Erin was making her journey back to Mexico to collect a replacement/temporary passport (after getting robbed in Lake Atitlan), Danielle, Lachlan & I crossed over to El Salvador.
Lachlan has a great piece of what we go up to there. Head on over the Planet Kapow to have a read and check out the latest video that is Planet Kapow 27 : Antigua to San Salvador.
This episode we get off our asses and do some hiking in the mountains around Nebaj and I show some kids how to do armpit farts. After our cultural exchange we head south the Lake Atitlan and take a 5 day spanish course at the San Pedro Spanish School.
Warning: This episode contains some rather stunning scenery.
Come read Lachlan’s post and sit back, relax, and spend the next 5 minutes watching episode 26 of Planet Kapow:
Hanging out on a Guatemalan farm then cruising the Rio Dulce, then relaxing in the natural hot waterfall of El Paraiso to then swimming in the amazing natural water wonderland that is Semuc Champey. And MORE!
Ruins. Lotsa ruins. But amazing ruins!
THIS. IS. PALENQUE!!!!!!
After the a rather chilled tie in San Cristobal de las Casas we headed north on an overnight bus to Palenque. After Egypt I would say this place is one of the most impressive ancient sites I have seen.
To top off a trip to Palenque we headed north and swam in the blue sinkholes (ceynotes) of Cuzuma. The clarity of the water was amazing, and they fact that these sinkholes exist with swimmable conditions is beyond cool.
This post comes to you from Cancun, as the Planet Kapow team waits with anticipation for their flight to …. Cuba!
Seeing as we probably won’t get any web access for the 2-3 weeks we r in Cuba, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and thank all the folks who visited my site this year – thanks Grandma!
This ep Lachlan, Daniel (Lachlan’s younger bother) and I check out the day of the dead festival in Morelia & Parzcuaro, then head out to Volcan Paricutin that appeared on some poor fellows farm 50 years ago. Come check out the video, read Lachie’s hilarious write up, and see us get very sunburnt and slide our way up and down the volcano! And if you have the time please leave us a comment 🙂
All righty, I’m back in Mexico City after fantastic & busy week in Hong Kong celebrating Dad & Cheryl’s big wedding!
So, I can see by all the emails & comments on the blog that many people are curious to know what’s going on with the Planet Kapow team and the adventures.
This is it. After 3 months or so the WHOLE team is here.
Erin, Danielle, Lachlan & myself, with part time member Liam currently somewhere down in South America I think.
The slightly polluted air is full of excitement & smiles.
This means that the videos are going to finally get interesting and possibly even a little fun!
We’re a little behind with the videos, possibly by a month, but we’ll catch up soon enough especially with the whole team hear to share the cutting.
This ep is all about Zacatecas, the beautiful silver mining town (i think they still mine there) in the mid north of Mexico.
This is where the fun begins.
If you are ok with seeing horses get lassoed and falling to the ground in slow motion, check this ep out!
Make sure you head over to Planet Kapow & read Lachie’s write up, and leave us a comment! We really want to make these videos watchable!