The Caribbean coast: from Cancún to Tulum

Unlike the title of this article suggests, we decided not to go to Cancún. It is reputated to be an expensive American party place, with no other interest than its clubs: it’s not really what we are looking for. We set off for Playa del Carmen instead. Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen is actually […]

Uxmal – Chichen Itza

We started our Yucatan Tour by the two most famous archeological sites in Mexico: Uxmal and Chichen Itza! Uxmal Uxmal means “built three times” in the Mayan language, explaining the high degree of diversity in the buildings! Uxmal is one of the biggest and most preserved site in Mexico, absolutely stunning! Just beyond the entrance […]

Palenque, Campeche and Edzná

We rented a car from Mexico ($16 a day… it’s cheaper than taking the bus!), and we’re off for 17 days of road-trip. We originally planned it a bit longer, but we maxed up Thomas’ credit card (the only one we have left), so we had to wait a couple of days to be able […]

Teotihuacan, City of the Gods

Teotihuacan, also called “the City of the Gods”, is a pre-Columbian city in the north of Mexico City built around 150 BC. The architectural site is big (the city had 150 000 inhabitants at its height, making it at minimum the sixth largest city in the world at this time) and is distinctive for its two […]

Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City)

After a blast in Hawaii, we arrived in Mexico City to start our Mexican journey. Mexico city is the world biggest urban conglomeration, before Tokyo and Sao Paulo. We spend five days discovering the city, mainly focusing on the historical center of the city. Centro Histórico We took a hotel right on Zócalo, the third […]

Volcano National Park

What is Hawaii without volcanoes? We visited the Volcano National Park and it was AWESOME! The park is composed of two volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive one. The main Crater Halema’uma’u Crater is the main crater of Kilauea: the activity is constant in this […]

Hawaii

Hawaii is composed of 8 different islands, and there is no ferry linking them with each other: flying is mandatory in order to change island. Therefore, we had a bit of difficulties to pick which islands to go to for our 10 days journey in Hawaii, most of them sounding awesome: Maui is supposed to […]

Overview Japan

After 10 days in Japan, we left Asia for Hawaii and Latin America. But right now it’s time for the overview of Japan! A country best done on a separate trip What about the Japanese? Japanese are welcoming and super friendly. Very polite, they tried every possible way to help us along our trip. The only problem is […]

Nara

While in Kyoto, we took an afternoon trip to Nara. Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 for 74 years, before being moved to Kyoto by emperor Kammu in 784. Before Nara, capitals were changed every time the emperor died, the city being then considered as impure. We arrived in Nara to have the […]

Kyoto

Kyoto is the historic and cultural capital of Japan. Until Tokugawa started the Edo era by moving the capital from Kyoto to Tokyo, Kyoto was the center Japan’s power. Even after 1600, it remained an important city as the emperor and its samurais where still living in the imperial palace, even though the real power […]