Cultural Tourism in Guatemala

By Cacinda Maloney Cultural Tourism Chichicastenango, Guatemala Chichicastenango is an indigenous village lying on the crest of the northern volcanoes in Guatemala. It is at an altitude of almost 2000 meters (6500 feet) and is especially busy during market days which are held every Thursday and Sunday. The market days are a hustle and bustle atmosphere unlike anything I have ever experienced in all of


Things to do in Guatemala

By Cacinda Maloney Things to do in Guatemala: Chichicastenango   Things to do in Guatemala She thought about why she was going to visit Guatemala. What are the things to do in Guatemala? What was the pull, the attraction? What was it that intrigued her so much? Her heart had understood something that her brain couldn’t understand as she embarked on this journey to


Marlin Fishing in Guatemala

By Cacinda Maloney Marlin Fishing Looking out over the sparking deep blue water, I thought I had seen him far in the distance. He and I had been fighting for a while. Marlin Fishing  With every pull and spin my arms were getting tired, yet he did seem to be getting stronger, as he approached the marlin fishing boat. Suddenly, he surged straight


Costa Rica Things To Do: Waterfall Rappelling at 100 Feet

Costa Rica Things To Do Waterfall Rappelling at 100 Feet, Cape Matapalo, Costa Rica Steadying himself, he took one step onto the wet, slippery rock on top of the falls and slipped. He then took another step and slipped again. My heart dropped and my stomach began to feel queasy. I watched him intently as he tried to make his way to the harness to


Close Your Eyes and Imagine Stunning Blue Costa Rica

By Cacinda Maloney Look at that sky, San Jose, Costa Rica It looked black and cloudy, then the torrents of rain began.  It caused my stomach to lift up and then down real fast as the tiny plane jarred my aching body.  Peering through the tiny window, Skies of Costa Rica I had great hopes for a tropical vacation, but it


A Yoga Retreat Blue Osa, Costa Rica

By Cacinda Maloney "When you lose, don’t lose the lesson." - Dalai Lama  Birds flying high in the sky are of stunning colors. Blue Osa Yoga, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica Macaws, I think. I can’t seem for the life of me to get a photo of a single one of them as they soar. Actually, they run in pairs and someone told me


Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

By Cacinda Maloney Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize Ambergris Caye, Belize The perfect tropical beach paradise is hard to find.  And believe me, I have been searching for a very long time.  As my Western concept of time blurs, a faint song emerges through the serenity when I think of this beach island.  One thing I can say for certain, Belize does


Costa Rica is up next and I sure do need it

By Cacinda Maloney Diving - Cacinda Maloney I’m packing my bags again! I will be flying across bodies of blue water once more and this time it is to Costa Rica. I have always wanted to go there and when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance, not even realizing its timing. I have to admit to myself that I really


Belizean ‘Value Luxury’ Resort: Victoria House

By Cacinda Maloney Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize Hot and sweaty after coming off a whirlwind Cessna plane ride from Belize City to the island of Ambergris Caye,  having flown over night, I was ready to "get my vacation on".  The taxi driver was waiting for us at the airstrip and it could not have gone


Blue Dive: Scuba Diving Belize

  Blue Dive: Chuck & Robbie's Dive Shop - Ambergris Caye, Belize Blue Dive When I was perusing Trip Advisor and other dive sites for recommendations for reputable divers in Belize on Ambergris Caye for a blue dive, time and time again, I would read the same thing: “Robbie” “Chuck and Robbie’s" Then: “Robbie is the best!” and “Can’t wait to dive with


A Belizean Adventure: Maya Island Air Flight

By Cacinda Maloney Maya Island Air Heavy with sweat oozing down the back of my neck, I lunged hard to enter the tiny seaplane door, which would be my home for the next 15 minutes.  I sat under the wing on the right hand side for a perfect picture-taking opportunity. From the tarmac, my heart was pounding when I actually saw the tiny


Belize: Life in the Underworld

By Cacinda Maloney "Have you ever really wondered what it looks like down under?  No, not Aussie land,   I mean way down under... underneath the ocean?" Under the Sea, Belize You can see the tiniest little creatures that you cannot even imagine exist! Underworld of Belize Under the Sea, Belize  And the colors, oh, the colors are amazing!