The map below shows the route Vicki and Me took through Mexico. We arrived in Cancun on 29th July 2015 and got as far as Puebla before Vicki became ill. Instead of making our way to Mexico City for the start of September we ended up stopping in Puebla for six weeks before Vicki flew back home and I went on to Guatemala. Along the way we stopped at: Valladolid, Merida, Campeche, Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas and Oaxaca.
I spent a night in Guatemala City before moving on to Antigua and then to Lake Atitlan, where I spent three weeks, studying in a Spanish language schools for two weeks while I was there. Then I went back to Guatemala City and flew to Bogota.
I stopped a week in Bogota after flying in from Guatemala City. Then I spent Christmas and New Year in Medellin having travelled through Ibague, Salento and Manizales. I returned to Bogota in January for a couple of weeks of training and induction on the Colombia Bilingue programme. After Bogota I went to Palmira were I co-taught English in a public school from February until November.
After I’d finished working in Palmira I got a lift to Cali from Livia Estella and her husband, Raul where I got the bus from Cali to Popayan and stopped a night there. Then I got another bus to Pasto and stopped the night there. Finally, I got the bus from Popayan to Ipiales, visited the sanctuary there and then got a local collectivo to the border with Ecuador.
Over the border in Ecuador I caught a taxi to the nearest town, Tulcan. From here I caught the bus to Ibarra and spent a week there, on the edge of Lake Yahuarcocha. Next I took a bus to Quito before taking another bus straight out to Mindo. After spending a week in Mindo I travelled to Quito in time to meet Vicki for Christmas. Hooray!
After saying goodbye to Vicki I travelled to Latacunga and walked the Quilotoa Loop. Then I travelled on to Baños for the New Year after which I moved on to Cuenca where I am spending January 2017.