Where Did We Go?
We took three months, and drove from Austin, Texas to near the border of Costa Rica and Panama. The truck was sold there, we took busses throughout Panama, and flew back to the States February 1, 2006.
These are our travel journals we published for friends, family, and you! They are in chronological order.
Our goal is to help others with their travel plans — because when you're not traveling, thinking about traveling is the second best thing.
You will see that you can make this trip for relatively little money. The most expensive thing is your time.
Over winter 2008/09 these journals are being rewritten with a "how to do this trip" focus.
If you have any questions, please join and post in our Latin America driving travel forum.
Mexico Travel Journals
Start in TX, drive to AZ, head down into Mexico
First fishing lake where we met new friends - some great Mexican fishermen.
Took the jon boat offshore looking for sailfish.
Fish the legendary trophy bass lake, stayed with the Chapmans at the famous Angler's Inn.
Back to the city for a couple of days, off to another beautiful lake.
A tourist beach town for some late-night club going.
Caught a surfing tournament, more tourists in this laid back town.
Went trolling offshore again in this cosmic hippie town that proved too laid back.
Belize Travel Journals
Boated down the New River to the ruins of Lamanai, and Robert gets a bad haircut.
Picked up a Rasta friend, found a cabana in this idyllic beach peninsula, and went 30 miles offshore in the boat.
Recovered from too much partying, partied some more, and got in a fight.
Left Placencia at 2am, drove all night, went to a waterfall.
Stunning ruins that you need private transportation to reach. Completely worth a trip to Belize.
Belize Part II
We flew out of Panama and back to Belize for one week before going home.
Main caye is touristy, mature, and was very quiet.
Smaller caye is touristy, backpackery, and quiet.
The wrap up of a great trip.
Guatemala Travel Journals
Island town of Flores and the famous Tikal.
Drove to a hot waterfall, picked up a group.
Boated down the river to a hot spring upwelling in the river, saw Carrib town.
Climbed an active volcano and saw the cone. See the videos.
Set up camp in Pana, saw the party town of San Pedro.
Bought tons of fireworks, including some so big you won't believe it.
Black sand beach relaxing.
Caught 3 sailfish, 9+ mahi. Videos!
Cooked the mahi for huge group, celebrated Xmas with our new friends.
Honduras Travel Journals
Had to sleep in the truck.
Robert learns to dive, celebrate New Years with more fireworks.
Former trophy bass lake is now tilapia farm.
Nicaragua Travel Journals
Colonial town on the shore of Lake Nicaragua, where there are bull shark.
Beach town, great restaurants.
Outside of Granada, this lake is well worth the trip.
Costa Rica Travel Journals
Trees grow on beach. Odd!
Near Arenal volcano, + hot spring resorts.
Capital has traffic, hookers and gambling.
Surfing town was rainy, but cool.
More sails, more mahi.
Beach town lost in the jungle. Sold the truck.
Panama Travel Journals
Modern Panama was a welcome few days.
Day trips to enormous free trade zone, and an island for eating, snorkeling, hiking. Great views.
We took bits of video on the trip. You can also check the video vault for links to all the videos.