My adventurous spirit stems from my outdoor upbringing, where skiing, rock climbing and overseas travel were the focus of family life. Since then, I’ve visited 33 countries, studied for a year in the United States, and worked on an extended community project in Tanzania and for alternative tour operators in Italy and the Maldives.
My first visit to Central America was in 2015. After a hectic four weeks of rushing around Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, I promised myself I would return with enough time to get a better feel for the region. Fast forward three years, and I have just come back from my third visit. Central America is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever visited and has become my preferred destination. It has exposed me to remarkable volcanic views, equally impressive dive sites and has, what I would consider, the perfect balance between biodiversity, ancient history and contemporary culture.
I'll never forget when…
From the outside, the Church of San Juan in Chamula, Mexico looks like any other in southern Chiapas yet inside it has an entirely different atmosphere. The Chamulan form of Catholicism is a blend of pre-conquest Maya beliefs, Spanish Catholic traditions and locally developed customs. The church has no pews, the floor is coated in melted wax and loose pine needles, and the air is thick with smoke from burning copal resin incense. Churchgoers, smouldering candles, sodas, petals and chickens litter the floor while local ‘medicine-men’ summon healing from physical, psychological and spiritual afflictions. It’s not somewhere you forget easily.