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Chilling in Central America

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Central America is one of my favorite parts of the world. The pace is slow, the climate hot, and the people warm and friendly. Plus, it's a mere four hours from my home in New York. I've been to every country, some multiple times, and I never tire of the region.
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Suchitoto, El Salvador
I love people and I love taking pictures of people, especially when I travel. I think you can learn so much about a country and its culture through the people. On this particular outing, I found myself in the tiny, touristy town of Suchitoto, just...
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Barrio de Jalatlaco, Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico
Throughout Mexico in the many colorful markets there are lots of interesting items for sale, from live animals and produce to clothing and all sorts of knickknacks. Food is also plentiful and varied. But nothing seems to have registered more with...
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Israel 39, Nueva Maravilla, 29247 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
San Juan Chamula is a little Tzotzil Mayan village not far from San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas region of Mexico. I happened to venture there very early one morning after an all night bus ride from the Oxacan coast. Upon arrival, I was...
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Juayua, El Salvador
The small village of Juayua along the Ruta de las Flores is truly authentic El Salvadorean. People are warm and friendly and the everyday pace is very-easy-going. It's the perfect place to settle into and absorb local life. You can go hiking to...
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San Blas Islands, Panama
About a 45 minute boatride from Panama City, you can spend the day at the beach in San Blas. I loved how quiet and laid back the town was. There were a ton of sea shells on this beach as well. I had fun collecting along the beach and then tossing...
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Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico
Mexico is home to so many diverse wonders - canyons, deserts, rainforest, cities and, of course, beaches. One of the country's most fabulous beaches is tiny Zipolite on the Oaxacan coast. But it's not your typical head- pounding, hard-drinking,...
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Ometepe, Nicaragua
The volcanoes extending along the Pacific coast from Guatemala to Panama in Central America are truly sights to behold. Some are dormant, many are very active, but all are beautiful feats of nature native to this part of the world. Ometepe, in...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
A few hours drive north of Mexico City lies the picturesque enclave of San Miguel de Allende. A favorite place among artists, tourists, American retirees, and European expats, San Miguel is best known for its historic center, filled with a...
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Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Up the hill from town stands Casa Dos Chicos a four-bedroom residence of two structures connected by a rooftop bridge. Upstairs, under a thatched roof, the outdoor kitchen, living room, and soaking pool offer endless panoramas. From $570. ...
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Ferrocarril, La Bienestar, Los Mochis, Sin., Mexico
Ride the last great passenger train in Mexico through one of the deepest and most ecologically diverse canyons in the world. Take the Ferrocarril Chihuahua-Pacifico from Los Mochis to Creel, explore the canyon a bit, then hop back on the train and...
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Mile8 Pine Ridge Rd., 00000, Belize
Anywhere whose address is "Mile 8" of a pot-holed dirt road is my type of place (even when your busted rental car shocks are creaking and only one headlight is working because the battery has bounced out of place). Arriving at Mountain Equestrian...