Rocks & Glass in Cabo San Lucas

The day I went to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico the current of the sea was to strong, so my day did not go to plan! I still had a good time but due the rough sea we could not go on our boat tour of the famous El Arco the natural landmark of Cabo San Lucas.

I was going on a tour to El Arco, the majestic rock formation where the waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the Pacific at Land’s End. The waves and strong ocean currents created the arch. Now it is natural landmark and iconic symbol of the area of Cabo San Lucas.

Years ago, it was used by pirates as a hiding place where they could lie in wait to ambush the merchant ships heading for the west coast.

As we could not go on the boat trip we went to hotel, famous for its panoramic views of the Bay of Cabo San Lucas. We could see the rock formation, but the view was better onboard the ship!

After the viewpoint, we went to a glass factory where they recycle glass mainly bottles to make glass wear, glass animals, Christmas decorations, vases, ashtrays, etc.

We watched as they demonstrated how they made an elephant, very similar to the way, they make Murano glass in Murano near Venice in Italy.

In the showroom, there was a glass room that I thought was the best part as it was so bright with colourful stain glass windows, bottles as windows and it had a glass mosaic floor of cactuses and the sun.

The marina of Cabo San Lucas is nice to walk around and there are many bars, restaurants and shops to stop by at.

Essential Info:

  • Weather: 20*C – 37*C
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (US Dollars are excepted)
  • Clothing: Wear layers, as it can get windy
  • Use sunscreen and insect repellent


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Calm in Costa Rica (1)

I felt so calm and relaxed at the rainforest in Costa Rica. All you could hear was running water from the streams and waterfalls and the sound of crickets and birds. It was so, peaceful and calm like a meditation session!

We were at the Pacific Park Jaco which is around an hour away from the port of Puntarenas. Costa has the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean on either side of the country. Puntarenas is on Pacific Ocean side and we went on a tour of the tropical rainforest by aerial tram and then went on a guided nature walk.

Aerial Tram

The aerial tram takes you very slowly through part of the rainforest, we glided through giant trees, hanging gardens, waterfalls and lush green landscapes and we ended up right on the tree tops.

We saw so many different types of trees and plants. It was very green! The view was fantastic when we got to the top as we could see the mountains and look down on the rainforest.

Six people plus a guide fit in each gondola and we were allocated the front seats so we had the best view!

 

Nature walk

After the aerial tram ride we went for an easy nature walk. We saw tropical flowers and a medicinal plant garden. The garden had cinnamon trees for diabetics, cocoa trees, plants for toothache, etc.

Then we walked through the snake’s section, I couldn’t look! They are not my favourite animal! On the path, we saw ants crossing  and each ant was carrying a leaf for their nest, fascinating!

We saw frogs, caiman (small alligators) and turtles. The best part was walking into the butterfly sanctuary where they were fluttering around and snacking on bananas!  I saw blue, orange and yellow and brown butterflies, so pretty.

While we were there we had a traditional Costa Rican buffet lunch of pasta salad, rice, beans, steamed vegetables, grilled chicken and sweet plantains in the park’s restaurant. It was very tasty with lots of different flavours.

The tour was very relaxing and interesting, but if you fancy something more active at the park you can go zip lining and hiking. I went zip lining a few years ago, there and it was really fun.

 

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The World Cruise in Photos (1)

After 111 days on the World Cruise, I wanted to share with you the best photos. You have read the blogs but here were the bests bits!

Los Angeles – USA

The luggage, flying out and sailing out to sea.

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

After eight days at sea it was magical to arrive in Bora Bora! I went to the beach and drank coconut water.

Tahiti – French Polynesia

Driving up to view-point to look out to Moorea and the reef. Exploring the bamboo and waterfall.

Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Exploring the glowworm caves and walking through the rainforest.

Auckland – New Zealand

Drinking pink champagne, eating seafood and walking around the city.

Sydney – Australia

Sailing under the Harbour Bridge, the water front and the Opera House.

Cairns – Australia

Holding Koalas, touching kangaroos and watching an Aboriginal show.

Rabaul – Papua New Guinea

Seeing how coconut oil is made, drinking coconut water and viewing the volcanoes and bubbling pit.

Guam – Micronesia

The view-point to see the reef at Two Lovers Point cliff, the statue and the heart padlocks.

Kaohsiung – Taiwan

The Spring and Autumn Pavilions and the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and inside the temple.

Hong Kong – China

Hong Kong by night, the Big Buddha and the view from Victoria Peak and a junk boat.

Sanya – China

The three faced Buddha, the port and the lucky ribbons.

Singapore

The National Orchid Garden, Chinatown and the Jurong Bird Park.

Phuket – Thailand

Relaxing by the pool at a hotel and the garden.

Cochin – India

The view from onboard and drinking cocktails as I had no visa!

Mumbai – India

The view from onboard again as I had no visa!

Dubai – UAE

From the desert to the biggest mall in the world to the tallest building in the world!

Aqaba – Jordan

Visiting Petra the Lost City.

Suez Canal – Egypt

Sailing through the Suez Canal.

Rhodes – Greece

The crystal clear water and the old town.

Chania – Greece

The local children dancing in traditional costume, the colourful walls and of course the wine!

Zathynthos – Greece

The view, the cute little house and the olive oil.

Bari – Italy

Alberobello Trulli the town of cone-shaped houses.

Hvar – Croatia

The morning view.

Venice – Italy

Visiting Villa Sandi Vine Yard and the centre of Venice.

Sibenik – Croatia

Walking around Krka National Park.

Valletta – Malta

The view of the harbour and visiting the city of Mdina.

Trapani – Italy

Trapani in Sicily had amazing views.

Ceuta – Spanish Morocco

A day in the blue city at Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Portimao – Portugal

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Me by the painted wall.

Hamilton – Bermuda

Cruising around the Bermudan Islands.

Fort Lauderdale – USA

Sunrise, Starbucks and sail away.

Aruba – Caribbean

The beautiful beaches.

Santa Marta – Colombia

The harbour and in the town centre.

Panama Canal – Panama

Transiting through the locks.

San Juan Del Sur – Nicaragua

The crater and colourful Granada.

Acajutla – El Salvador

The pyramids.

La Paz – Mexico

The beautiful beach in La Paz.

Los Angeles – USA

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The cruise ship terminal in the port of Los Angeles.

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111 Days Sailing Around the World on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

After 111 days of the world cruise, we have been to 36 ports, 25 countries, 6 continents, transited through 2 canals, sailed 10 seas and crossed 3 oceans and spent 73 days at sea.

I can’t believe the world cruise has come to an end. It seemed like it was never going to, but here we are and I’m sad to see it finish.

It has been an amazing experience and I am so pleased I have blogged about it instead of just posting photos on Facebook!

I have met some fantastic people from all corners of the globe and it has been so nice to get know them over four months. A world cruise is very different to regular cruising as you have so much time, so it has a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Where have we been?

Below is the list in order and the ports underlined you can click on to read my blog post about my adventures in that port.

Los Angeles – USA

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

Papeete – French Polynesia

Bay of Islands – New Zealand 

Auckland – New Zealand

Sydney – Australia

Cairns – Australia

Rabaul – Papua New Guinea

Guam – Micronesia – USA

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Kaohsiung – Taiwan

Hong Kong – China

Sanya – China

Singapore – Singapore

Phuket – Thailand

Cochin – India

Mumbai – India

Dubai – UAE

Aqaba – Jordan

Suez Canal – Egypt

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Rhodes – Greece

Chania – Greece

Zakynthos – Greece

Bari – Italy 

Hvar – Croatia

Venice – Italy

Sibenik – Croatia

Valletta – Malta

Trapani – Italy

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Ceuta – Spanish Morocco

Portimao – Portugal

Hamilton – Bermuda

Fort Lauderdale – USA

Oranjestad – Aruba

Santa Marta – Colombia

Panama Canal – Panama

San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Acajutla – El Salvador

La Paz – Mexico

Los Angeles – USA

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How many days at sea?

We have crossed three oceans the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and sailed the Tasmanian Sea, Coral Sea, Philippine Sea, South China, Andaman Sea, Laccadive Sea, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean Sea.

We were at sea for 73 days out of 111 days! Normally I really do not like days at sea, but this time I needed them after long days on tour in each port we visited.

Also, if it wasn’t for the days at sea I probably would not have written this blog. So, in a way I’m very happy I committed to doing this and thank you for the sea days!

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What else happened?

Cruising is not just about the ports though, it is about the food, formal nights, champagne waterfalls and the shows.

There were 18 formal nights and 6 champagne waterfalls during the 111 days. Those were the nights to dress up, no jeans and flip-flops!

The champagne waterfall is a cruise ship tradition. The champagne glasses are carefully stacked in rows on top of one another to form a pyramid and then the Maître’s Hotel pours champagne from the top, that makes a champagne waterfall.

I didn’t bring 18 formal dresses! I only brought one suitcase for the world cruise and if you would like to know how I did it read my article ‘The Art of Packing for a Cruise: How to Packing a Capsule Wardrobe’.  Lots of great packing tips and it comes with a free packing checklist.

It hasn’t been plain sailing through the cruise though, we had several very rough days at sea and some rough tender rides!

What was my favourite port?

This is a tricky one! I enjoyed the whole trip, but I especially loved visiting Petra in Jordan, the Big Buddha in Hong Kong, relaxing in Phuket, Thailand, visiting a friend after ten years in Sydney, Australia and going back to Bora Bora, French Polynesia for the beautiful Matira Beach.

I hope you have enjoyed following my adventures around the world. The world cruise may have finished, but I am still onboard! So, I will be writing about more ports I am visiting this week, so stay tuned!

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Love Lucy x

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The Mayan Ruins of El Salvador - Lucy Williams Global

This was my first time to El Salvador and I went back in time to visit the Mayan ruins. I visited two pre-Hispanic archaeological sites. The Mayan Ruins of San Andrés and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Joya de Ceren.

We docked in Acajutla, El Salvador and drove to the archaeologically ruins of San Andrés, deep in the valley of Zapotitan. It took around one and half hours to reach the site from the port.

Mayan Ruins of San Andrés

San Andrés dates back, to 900 BC and it was an important political, cultural and religious centre. In 420 AD, it was covered in ash by the Ilopango volcano. Then between 500 – 600 AD San Andrés was recolonized.

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By the years 850 – 900 AD, it is believed the Mayans abandoned the area because of the eruption of the El Boquerón volcano that covered the area with ash.

Between 600 and 900 AD, the town was an important regional Mayan capital. Many of the ruins reveal the political and ceremonial workings of this town.

In 1100 AD, the valley was reoccupied by migrant groups from Mexico known as Pipiles until the Spanish conquest in 1524.

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The site was buried under the ash of the Playón Volcano in 1658 AD until excavation work began in the 1940s.

When we arrived, we walked through the museum and saw artefacts and how the site would have looked before it was covered with ash from a volcanic eruption.

Only a few ceremonial areas have been excavated to date. Mayan lords ruled the land from the “Acropolis” which are the pyramids.

It was amazing to see the green hills with large stone bricks in the shape of pyramids. In the distance, there were views of volcanoes and on the site, there were cocoa and coffee trees.

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Joya de Ceren

Next, we went to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Joya de Ceren, which was a Mayan farming village. It is known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas.’

The town is believed to date back to 1200 BC and was devastated by volcanic eruptions twice. The first in 200 AD by the same eruption of the Ilopango volcano that hit San Andrés.

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After it was repopulated, it thrived for a few hundred more years before another volcano, Laguna Caldera, erupted in 600 AD. It buried the village under four to eight meters of ash over a span of a few hours.

The town was perfectly preserved, but no bodies have been found. It is assumed that the villagers were evacuated in time, but they left in a hurry as they left behind half-eaten food!

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These incredible ruins lay undisturbed until they were discovered accidentally in 1976 by a bulldozer driver who was levelling the ground to build grain storage silos. About 70 structures have been uncovered so far, including storehouses, kitchens, and living quarters.

This site was very interesting as it really has been preserved so well. The site is mainly undercover which is good as it gets hot and humid in this part of the world!

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Essential Info

  • Weather: Average temperature all year round 30*C
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Wear lightweight clothing and hat
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent

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Love Lucy x

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