Borders, bribes and bloody hurricanes!

It’s been a proper season for getting caught in storms, mudslides closing the only road to my destination and border guards getting right up my nose!

Let me dial it back a few days to a calm trip down from Cancun to the Cayes is Belize. The weather was looking good, Hurricane Paula had closed the bars overnight but now things were back to normal. A small set of rainstorms off of Panama looked problematic but only the weather channel seemed mildly concerned about another tropical cyclone.

The buses to Belize are currently not allowed to come into Chetumal ADO station (Oct 2010) so to pick one up you must take a taxi to the new market. This is due to the taxi union complaining about not getting enough fares out of the connecting passengers, all normal there then.

I usually have a local guy, George from Get Transfers in Corozal just over the border, pick me up and run me to the small airport for my short flight to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The Tropic Air flight only takes twenty minutes and it is such great fun flying so low that it is worth the $47.50 USD for that alone.

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Surf’s up dude – Welcome to El Tunco, El Salvador

It was raining and cold in La Antigua de Guatemala, I was tired of cobbled streets and being damp. The rainy season had dragged on and landslides had closed a number of roads. It was time for a change. Although not a surfer I was keen to check on the hotspots of surfers’ paradise in El Salvador and the promise of some cold beers and sunshine was just the ticket.

Fortunately there were plenty of minibus options to take care of the travelling gringos in the region and get us to El Tunco, the heart of it all, in style. Great style as it happened as we were the only two aboard for the four hour journey winding from the hilly heights of Guatemala City to the canyons of El Salvador’s coast.

The journey is very scenic, taking in the volcanoes surrounding Antigua and passing through the lush countryside near Montericco. From here the road twists and turns through tunnels in the mountainside offering tantalising peeks of the rough Pacific coast and a foretaste of crashing surf to come.

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