Will he give us a taste, Oscar asks? The man will not.
In Panama City, high rise steel looms over tin roofs and street vendors compete with fancy restaurants, where the country's namesake hats don't look a bit out of place.
You had me at, "Hola, guapa."
As we explored the ruins, we were treated to more wildlife. A group of playful Howler monkeys swung in the trees around the ruins.
Unless every vacation you take involves lying on the beach, there's a lot to be learned while traveling. We rounded up some of the most compelling (and popular) destinations for an edu-vacation.
We arrive at Finca Rosa Blanca in a drenching storm and although we're here for a few days, I'm desperate to lay eyes and boots on the plantation.
These stands were decorated with real or paper marigolds, photos, favorite foods and belongings. Each had at least one sugar skull, with the name of the dead written on its forehead.
Even if you're not a big drinker, sampling a unique local beverage can be a fun way to spice up your travels and learn something about the culture at the same time.
We dragged our Pepto-Bismol pink plastic chairs away from the light and into the sand, facing the water. Somewhere in front of us the black water met the black sky.
There are hundreds of theories about the supposed apocalypse predicted by the Maya for 2012, but the implication for Guatemala, southern Mexico and Belize is clear and immediate: more visitors.
We found a country with a reputation that doesn't do its friendly people and beautiful countryside any justice.
The ancient adobes are newly dressed in bright tropical colors and filled with fine restaurants, small boutiques. Horse-drawn carriages still roll along the photogenic streets.
It's not just turtles that thrive in the nature reserve: The animal and plant diversity in Tortuguero National Park is among the highest in Costa Rica with over 400 kinds of birds and 60 species of frogs.
Is it possible to fall in love with a place? I think so. We've spent, if you count up all of the days, After over a week in Antigua, Guatemala, I know for sure, Antigua is my kinda town.
Looking for an authentic island escape? Here are the 10 purest, wildest and most eco-friendly islands, based on their efforts to preserve culture and ecology.
Tourist boards seem to wheel out the kayaking photos whenever they want to promote a place as an aspirational destination, often regardless of the reality on the ground.