Adventure is somehow best when it’s unexpected. In Hidalgo State, central-eastern Mexico, we find ourselves in one of the oldest protected forests in Mexico, El Chico National Park. This is precisely the type of place we spend our adventures looking for, hunting through locals’ recommendations...

Just on the other side of the Mexican border with Guatemala lies the tiny island called Playa Tilapita. Hidden among protected mangroves, it has an amazing variety of fresh and saltwater seafood, and natural beauty inhabited by a host of unique flora and fauna, including...

One of the ways I love to engage new places and cultures is through dance. With a dance history that led me from ballet to jazz to hip-hop and finally to being certified as a teacher of Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance, dance is...

The best way to learn about a culture is to experience it. Interacting with local people through sharing meals and home stays can change the way we understand a culture. We see it from the perspective of the other, enlightening us as to not only...

The worst thing you can tell a Santero is that you’re visiting for anthropological reasons. When we met Victor, we did exactly that. Santeria has become business in Cuba due to economic difficulties, he said, not because of deficiencies in the religion. There was little...

In the morning we ate a 3$ breakfast of coffee, a smoothie, poached eggs, bread and fresh fruit at Casa La Marina. It was delicious. We got a recommendation from Tarcy, one of the owners of the Casa Particular, to check out Playa Blanca...

Shortly after he got his bell rung by Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson said, “I guess I’m gonna fade into Bolivian,” which he did, until two Hangover cameos resurrected him like Lazarus. On the bus leaving Copacabana, I received a dome-crushing blow from my pack, which...

I arrived in Benito Juarez by foot. The second class bus dropped me at a fork in a curvy road with nothing in sight. Yet I was not only relieved, I was overjoyed. Nausea from the tightly-enclosed space, sharp turns, and lack of moving oxygen...