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Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in International Politics and Human Rights, as well and Spanish and French, she considers herself a student of the world. www.josykes.com

  • Hometown

    Holmfirth, UK

  • Location now

    London, UK

  • Work published

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Manchester Student Direct

    Nagasaki JET Nag Rag


  • Travel philosophy

    Always be open minded and understanding.

  • Craziest place

    Nomozaki, Kyushu Japan, where I lived for 2 years.

  • Bizarre experience

    Playing drinking games with Lao Lao (local moon shine) with tribes-men in the moutains of Laos on the Golden Triangle Boarder.

  • Advice

    Remember to smile; it's always better than being behind a desk in a office!

  • Dream destination

    Remote islands in the South Pacific.

  • Traveled before

    Latin America, North America, Japan, South East Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Europe.

  • Going next

    New Orleans

Joanne Sykes's Guide Book Entries


  • Safety

    Aug 30, 2010 - Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Guatemala

    Río Dulce is a busy town and the through-road over the bridge to the north is always chocked with traffic. ......

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  • When To Go

    Aug 30, 2010 - Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Guatemala

    Río Dulce is hot and sweaty most of the year but the occasional rain, usually in the afternoon or overnight, ......

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  • Getting Around

    Aug 30, 2010 - Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Guatemala

    To get to the hotels around the shore you can take a water-taxi. There are plenty of guys touting for ......

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  • Puerto Barrios

    Aug 01, 2010 - Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

    Puerto Barrios is a port city that serves as a landing point for nearby attractions such as Lívingston, the Punta ......

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  • Río Lámpara

    Aug 01, 2010 - Río Lámpara , Guatemala

    Around seven kilometres upstream from Livingston, in the shadow of Cerro San Gill (1267m/4157ft), is the Río Lámpara, a southern ......

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  • Río Hondo

    Jun 12, 2010 - Río Hondo, Guatemala

    At first glance Rio Hondo appears to be not much more than a string of basic comedores and motels flanking ......

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  • Hotel Villa Caribe

    Aug 21, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    With a prime location on the point looking out over the Bahia Amatique, Villa Caribe is a lovely hotel and ......

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  • Hotel Posada El Delfin

    Aug 21, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    There’s a hint of faded grandeur about El Delfín but it is still one of the better hotels to stay ......

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  • Hotel Río Dulce

    Aug 21, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    If you like being in the center of the action, the location of the Hotel Río Dulce couldn’t be better. ......

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  • Antojitos Los Tres Garifunas

    Aug 15, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    Follow the main street down towards the beach and this cheap and cheerful but oh so authentic eatery is just ......

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  • Restaurante Mctropic

    Aug 15, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    On the other side of the road to Happy Fish, McTropic specialises only in good food (although it is linked ......

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  • Happy Fish

    Aug 15, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    In a cool and shady wooden building, Happy Fish serves not only your travel needs but also has an extensive ......

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  • Quiriguá

    Aug 31, 2010 - Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

    The town of Quiriguá is small and unremarkable. The only reason to come by here is perhaps to pick up ......

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  • Los Siete Altares

    Aug 30, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    Even farther round the coast from Hotel Ecológico Salvador Gaviota, passed Playa Quehueche, five kilometers (3 miles) west of the ......

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  • Beaches

    Aug 30, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    Despite being on the Caribbean coast, the beaches in Livingston are not the greatest. They are quite narrow and a ......

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  • Tour Operators

    Aug 30, 2010 - Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Guatemala

    Otitours, under the bridge opposite going down to the public dock, can arrange local transport and shuttle-buses to Antigua, Guatemala ......

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  • Go With Gus Tours

    Aug 30, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    Go with Gus Tours, run by a local couple, organizes tours in the area which aim to give something back ......

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  • Happy Fish Travel

    Aug 30, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    Happy Fish restaurant and travel agency, on the high street, runs daily tours to various nearby locations, such as Playa ......

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  • Academia De Español Y Mam Hispanomaya

    Jan 30, 2010 - Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala

    The Academia de Español y Mam Hispanomaya is a great school, informal but professional. Classes are usually in the afternoon ......

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  • Studying Quechua and Aymara

    Jun 19, 2009 - Bolivia

    Quechua, or Kichwa, the official language of the Inca Empire, is the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. ......

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  • Services

    Aug 30, 2010 - Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Guatemala

    There are a couple of banks with ATMs on the main street in Fronteras, a Banrural and a Banco Industrial. ......

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  • Services

    Aug 30, 2010 - Livingston, Guatemala

    There is a good ‘OGC’ Internet café, Organisación Garifuna Guatemalteco, on the main street going towards Playa Barique, charging Q6/$0.80 ......

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  • Services

    Aug 27, 2010 - El Estor, Guatemala

    On the south east corner of the town plaza, 3a Calle and 5a Avenida, there is a Banrural (open Monday ......

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  • Volunteering in Nebaj

    Dec 27, 2009 - Nebaj, Guatemala

    After years of suffering from war, poverty and misfortune, Nebaj is now the center-point for community development in the Ixil ......

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