Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas in Cuenca

I spent Christmas Eve and Day in Cuenca and whilst that wasn’t specifically planned, I’m glad that’s where I ended up. I’ve never spent Christmas away from home before (and I don’t think I’d like to again) but the town … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

Despite them being solidly joined together, there is no ground transport between Panama and South America, through the area known as the Darien Gap. This is partly because the swamp and jungle make road building difficult (making this the one … Continue reading

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Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

The Panama canal is of course sited where it is to take advantage of the short distance (around 50km) between the Pacific and the Caribbean. But long before the canal, there was an important land route across the isthmus and … Continue reading

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Panama Canal

It may not be a world heritage site, but I couldn’t visit Panama without seeing the canal, so I took the bus out of town to the visitor centre sited right next to the Miraflores locks. Just a few years shy … Continue reading

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Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá

An early morning bus from Leon to Managua (another capital with a bad reputation) put me on the plane for the short flight to Panama City. The world heritage site here comprises two distinct sections some kilometres away from one … Continue reading

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Ruins of León Viejo

An hour and a half by two chicken buses from the town of Leon are the remains of its sixteenth century predecessor, 30km to the east. This site was slowly abandoned between 1578 and 1610 in response to a volcanic … Continue reading

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León Cathedral

Apart from Mexico, the countries of Central America have only one or two cultural world heritage sites each, hence the rather frantic country-hopping I’ve currently indulging in. So, after two days in El Salvador, one of which was entirely dedicated to … Continue reading

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