November – December 2006

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Intro

Yes, the first part of this trip was a cruise!  (Gasp!)  But wait, luckily it falls under my “cruise exception #1” – (read the intro here) – anyway, what better way could there be to see the legendary Panama Canal than to cruise right through it?  (Rhetorical question, there is no better way!)

The first stop, Aruba, was beautiful as expected, but also a bit strange – the interior of the island is a desert filled with cacti!  Who knew?  And here’s another who knew – Costa Rica, famous for its amazing, colorful rain forests and natural wonders, has a capital city which really caught me by surprise.  San José is not usually on travelers’ favorite places in Central America list.  But I loved it!  It was really full of life, and I had a great time just wandering around and taking it all in – something about it just won me over.

In Guatemala, we docked at Puerto Quetzal, and of course, I hopped in a taxi and was transported to Antigua Guatemala, one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen in Latin America.  Its colonial centre is packed with stunning churches and monuments;  everywhere you look, the buildings are painted in vibrant shades of ochre, white, rust, and mustard yellow, with reddish-brown terracotta tile roofs — and the resulting effect is downright gorgeous. 

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1San Diego, United StatesNovember 15, 2006November 15, 2006
    2Tijuana, MexicoNovember 15, 2006November 15, 2006
    3Puerto Nuevo, MexicoNovember 15, 2006November 15, 2006
    4Ensenada, MexicoNovember 15, 2006November 15, 2006
    5Los Angeles, United StatesNovember 15, 2006November 16, 2006
    6Atlanta, United StatesNovember 16, 2006November 16, 2006
    7San Juan, Puerto RicoNovember 16, 2006November 18, 2006
    8Oranjestad, ArubaNovember 19, 2006November 19, 2006
    9Casibari, ArubaNovember 19, 2006November 19, 2006
    10Oranjestad, ArubaNovember 19, 2006November 20, 2006
    11Panama Canal, PanamaNovember 21, 2006November 21, 2006
    12Fuerte Amador, PanamaNovember 21, 2006November 21, 2006
    13Panama City, PanamaNovember 21, 2006November 22, 2006
    14Puntarenas, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    15San Ramon, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    16Naranjo, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    17Sarchi, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    18Grecia, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    19Alajuela, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    20San Jose, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    21Atenas, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    22San Mateo, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 23, 2006
    23Puntarenas, Costa RicaNovember 23, 2006November 24, 2006
    24Puerto Quetzal, GuatemalaNovember 25, 2006November 25, 2006
    25Ciudad Vieja, GuatemalaNovember 25, 2006November 25, 2006
    26Antigua Guatemala, GuatemalaNovember 25, 2006November 25, 2006
    27San Antonio Aguas Calientes, GuatemalaNovember 25, 2006November 25, 2006
    28Puerto Quetzal, GuatemalaNovember 25, 2006November 26, 2006
    29Huatulco, MexicoNovember 26, 2006November 26, 2006
    30Crucecita, MexicoNovember 26, 2006November 26, 2006
    31Acapulco, MexicoNovember 26, 2006November 28, 2006
    32Mexico City, MexicoNovember 28, 2006November 28, 2006
    33Los Angeles, United StatesNovember 28, 2006November 29, 2006
    34Ontario, United StatesNovember 29, 2006November 29, 2006
    35San Jose, United StatesNovember 29, 2006November 29, 2006
    36Jackson, United StatesNovember 29, 2006November 30, 2006
    37Yazoo City, United StatesNovember 30, 2006November 30, 2006
    38Greenwood, United StatesNovember 30, 2006November 30, 2006
    39New Orleans, United StatesNovember 30, 2006December 1, 2006
    40Chalmette, United StatesDecember 1, 2006December 1, 2006
    41New Orleans, United StatesDecember 1, 2006December 1, 2006

    Featured Image

    Santa Cruz Bay, Huatulco, México

    Enjoying an amazing piña colada while relaxing on the beach in Santa Cruz Bay — one of the many beautiful bays in the new Mexican resort area of the Bahias de Huatulco in Oaxaca State.

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