Sights of Panama City

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Granada

One of my Spanish teachers invited me to a jazz concert at La Casa de Los Tres Mundos, an cultural center in Granada co-founded by Ernesto Cardenal. Interestingly, a Taiwanese jazz group sponsored by the Taiwanese Embassy was performing. Nicaragua, a relatively socialist country, maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of communist China, like the rest of Central America.

The concert was a good excuse for me to return to Granada, one of Nicaragua’s most tourist-friendly cities. Andrea, a fellow Spanish student, and I went down for the concert and enjoyed doing some sightseeing around town. Highlights included dinner in the town plaza and a stunning sunset from the bell tower of Iglesia La Merced.

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Rivas

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Masaya

On my first trip to Nicaragua in 2008, one of our group’s last stops was Masaya’s old market (touristy and quite clean). This time around, I decided to visit Masaya’s new market (local and less clean) and the attached bus terminal on my walk around the city.

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Sights of Guatemala

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Sights of Western Belize

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Traveling along the Southern Highway, I decided to spend a night at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Operated by the Belize Audubon Society, many people refer to it simply as the jaguar reserve, since it was the world’s first. While I had planned to hike the five miles from the bus stop into the wildlife sanctuary headquarters, I didn’t have to walk the whole way. A man who was working on some of the orange groves near the entrance insisted on giving me a ride on his backhoe.

The unexpected lift meant I had enough time in the afternoon to enjoy some river tubing. While I didn’t see any jaguars during my stay, I thoroughly enjoyed the hummingbirds, waterfalls, butterflies, mountain views at sunrise, and tranquility – other than the park rangers, I was the only one staying in the dorms the night I was there.

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Northern Belize – Photos

Scenes from the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts:

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