22 Photos that Prove Playa Zipolite Is Paradise

22 Photos that Prove Playa Zipolite Is Paradise

The small seaside town is simply a strip of barely paved road with a few restaurants and hotels on either side. The long whitesand beach sits secluded between two towering rock cliffs, the crashing waves beckoning surfers to ride them. The simplicity of it all is what makes Playa Zipolite so charming. You won’t find any over-the-top resorts or ritzy all-inclusives. What you will find are laid back locals who never seem to know what time it is, street vendors selling stylish handmade crafts, delicious Mexican cuisine cooked in ways that can only be found in Oaxaca, and some of the most beautiful sunsets in Central America.   Note: Do keep in mind that Playa Zipolite is a popular destination for nudists. When we were there, most people seemed to keep their swimsuits on, but don’t be surprised if you see fellow travelers donning nothing more than their birthday suit.     Here are 22 photos to show why Playa Zipolite is paradise on Earth.   Surfing Since living in Costa Rica, one of our (more specifically my) favorite beach pastimes is hitting the waves. Surf lessons are popular here and nearly everyone on our trip with Cantimplora Travel caught some waves during our surf session! We were so grateful to have a professional photographer with us to capture the moment while we enjoyed the ride.     Cruise to Bahia De La Luna The following morning, we took a fishing boat around the corner to Bahia De La Luna. On the way we were lucky enough to spot sea turtles and dolphins. We were told the migrating humpback whales weren’t in season to make an...
Exploring the Amazing Petrified Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

Exploring the Amazing Petrified Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

  One of our favorite things about traveling with locals is the opportunity it provides to go deep under the surface of a new destination. To not only experience off-the-beaten-track attractions but also to learn about the unique culture, history and importance of the area from the viewpoint of someone who knows it intimately. Without fail, these moments with locals—however brief—always create our most meaningful, lasting memories. While recently exploring Oaxaca with Mexican photographers and tour guides Sam and Bernie, we were once again swept away. Sam and Bernie founded their new travel company Cantimplora Travel based on their passion for taking travelers on meaningful, off the beaten track adventures—all while photographing the once-in-a-lifetime memories so that you can step away from your screens and devices.   Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Traveling with Cantimplora Travel is precisely like being hosted by local friends; Sam and Bernie are eager to share the best-hidden gems and attractions of their country, without using forced scripts or rigid schedules. From meeting a local mezcal farmer to indulging in the best cuisine in Oaxaca City, Sam and Bernie were a wealth of insider tips from start to finish. But perhaps one of our favorite attractions on our road trip through Oaxaca was exploring the mesmerizing petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua.   Hierve el Agua: A Natural Wonder in Oaxaca, Mexico   Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Hierve el Agua is one of only a handful of petrified waterfalls in the world. Though it looks more like a frozen waterfall dramatically etched into the side of a...
4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia

4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia

Planning an adventure to Colombia? Chances are Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, and Bogotá are high on your bucket-list. But there’s much more to Colombia than its cities alone. Next time you’re headed to the country, check out a few of these great side trips. From colonial villages to serene natural escapes, you’ll leave Colombia with a better understanding of the vibrant, mesmerizing country:     4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia     1) Villa De Leyva, Boyaca: Colonial Village and Historic Adventures   Villa de Leyva (about a three-hour car drive from Bogota.)  A hidden gem for those outside of Colombia, this town has a history that will take you back in time as if you were in a real-life museum. Villa De Leyva was founded in 1572 by Spanish colonizers and became a major producer of wheat, barley, and oil. After the war for independence, Villa De Leyva gained a little fame as the hometown of war-hero, Captain Antonio Ricaurte. Finally, by 1954, Villa de Leyva officially became a National Monument.   Recently, Villa De Leyva has been attracting more and more travellers. Perhaps this is due to the growth that’s been taking place in this little village. This small town has begun to add new restaurants (perfect for taking in the stunning scenery while dining), hotels where you can enjoy the calm atmosphere of the town, and tourist shops (great for finding local nicknacks to bring back to your loved ones.) Furthermore, when “Zorro,” a popular soap opera, was filmed here, it infused this historically rich town with a flare of entertainment. Now more...
Sunrise At Mount Haleakala, Maui: What You Need To Know

Sunrise At Mount Haleakala, Maui: What You Need To Know

    We’ll be honest. When our alarm went off at 4:30am to make the drive up to Mount Haleakala, we nearly rolled over to pretend we couldn’t hear it. Dan had already seen the sunrise from the spectacular volcano on a family trip years and years ago (and admittedly didn’t remember much about it.) We had also been up late with wedding festivities the night before, and our glamping accommodation was enticingly comfortable. Luckily, we had promised a friend we would all go see the sunrise together, so we had just the push we needed to grab a cup of coffee and see what all the fuss was about. Mount Haleakala comes in at a dramatic 10,023 feet. From this staggering height, the sun rises above a layer of clouds before slowly illuminating the lunar-like landscape below. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, though not necessarily an off-the-beaten-track one.     Just about everyone claims you can’t visit Maui without seeing the Mount Haleakala sunrise. Now that we’ve done it for ourselves, we have to say that we completely agree. The early wake-up call is nothing when compared to the completely mesmerizing sunrise. But that said, there are a few things we wish we would have known before making the trek.   If you’re headed to Maui, here are the top ten things you need to know before seeing the Mount Haleakala sunrise:   1. Be Ready To Share The View     With nearly half a million tourists visiting Mount Haleakala each year, you can pretty much guarantee there will be other people in your sunrise selfie. Plan to...
An Exclusive Peek At What’s Up With A Cruising Couple In 2016

An Exclusive Peek At What’s Up With A Cruising Couple In 2016

Can you believe that we’re already approaching the end of year? As always, the past 365 days have whirled right on by. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the start of 2015 in New York City, complete with over-sized glitter glasses and all!     2015 was a massive year of transitions for us. It’s hardly any secret that we slowed down on the blogging and social media front. Heck, we even considered taking a long-term hiatus from A Cruising Couple all together. But we never really shared with you what was going on behind the scenes—why we desperately needed a breather from travel blogging, and the mega projects that were keeping us busy full-time. The good news (we think!) is that A Cruising Couple is now ready for its biggest and best year yet. We’re making some website upgrades, filling our editorial calendar with epic travel stories we’ve yet to share, and booking flights around the world to keep new, fresh adventures coming your way. But before we dive into the juicy details of the upcoming year, we want to share what was really going on with A Cruising Couple over the past many months.   2015: A Year Of Transitions After a phenomenal year and a half of being fully nomadic, we made the decision that living out of our backpacks wasn’t the permanent lifestyle for us. From cross-country cycling Vietnam to chasing the Northern Lights in Lapland to photographing jaguars in the Pantanal, being nomadic definitely had its perks. But we found that there were certain things we were missing: community, pets and (perhaps most...
48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City — The Highlights

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City — The Highlights

A humongous thanks to Dan and Casey for allowing me to talk to you all about one of my favorite places, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon). I hope you all have read their article on The Best Reason to Visit Vietnam and that it’s got you all excited for your own trip, because it sure had me ready to return! Hopefully after reading this article, you’ll be booking your flights.  So you’ve arrived in Ho Chi Minh City. Maybe you’re just there on a short layover before you jet off to someplace else. Maybe you’re gearing up to cycle the length of Vietnam as Dan and Casey did. Or maybe you’ve come specifically to HCMC to learn about the city’s rich history and culture. No matter how long you have in the city, unfortunately, you’ll find that the number of interesting activities far exceeds the amount of time you have: the place is packed full of fascinating sights and sensory experiences! But in case you can only be there for a limited amount of time, here are the highlights: But first, before you go, make sure you know that you will need a Vietnam visa! Luckily it is now easy to get one upon arrival (which is what we did.) All you have to do is apply online and then you can pick up your visa in a Vietnam international airport. It’s only available if you’re arriving to Vietnam via air, but it saves a ton of time and is much more convenient than having to go through an embassy. Walking Tour When you first arrive...