WITH an opening sequence as powerful, dynamic and engaging as in When Time Stops, it's difficult to believe anything that follows can be as gripping.
IT'S not that I'm ready to come home, but there are a few things I'm looking forward to when that day arrives.
PURA Vida is Costa Rica's catch phrase and it fits like a sleepy sloth hugging a low-hanging branch.
UNATTENDED horses stampeding along bessa block roads, chickens on suicide runs and pigs wandering aimlessly through front yards.
STEPPING gingerly from a moss-covered concrete jetty onto a boat not much bigger than a tinnie, I embarked on a journey to Nicaragua.
TOASTING marshmallows in a steam vent under a thick wall of hardened lava is, well, surreal.
PUEDO tomar un foto? Puedo? Puedo? My young host brother was a budding photographer, desperate to use my camera to record life in San Jorge.
INTREPID explorer Rae Wilson takes on some fancy footwork in the heat of Santiago de Cuba
HOW the Mayans got huge clay pots into the depths of a cave without damaging them is one of life's mysteries - not unlike the Nazca lines or Stonehenge.
AT Chichen Itza there are stone carvings along the edge of the court depicting this game's players, including the sacrificed winner.