Maartje

Maartje's enthusiasm and curiosity knows no bounds. She loves museums, nature, food, walking, architecture, history, animals. Writing and photography is a big passion and she has been writing about cooking, minimalism, food, hotspots and travel for many years. Above all, she has a special place in her heart for castles, royal jewels and ancient Egypt. Maartje gave up her job as a lawyer to bring more balance to her life: less work and more life. Besides to The Orange Backpack, she works as a legal entrepreneur.

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The southern Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is the ideal vacation destination for jungle adventures, tropical beaches and colorful towns. We made a one-month road trip through these southern states. This way we collected the very best tips for you for the ultimate travel itinerary for Yucatan in

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When we say tropical places you probably will think of clear blue oceans, but in Mexico it becomes even more exotic. Here you have bright orange and pink lakes with equally pink flamingos. Is the water really that pink? Yes! Our first destination of our road trip

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Cycling through an ancient Mayan city, climbing a huge pyramid, diving into an underground cenote, visiting a Mayan priest and spending the night in a small-scale jungle resort. That is just about a summary of our time in the mini-town of Coba. Let’s tell you more! Climb

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Palenque is often associated with the well-known Mayan city and the modern city is skipped in travel guides. But modern Palenque has more to offer than just ruins. How about huge waterfalls and a beautiful green hill in the city? Where should you be in Palenque? Palenque

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Was it ever your dream to live in a tree house? You have that unique opportunity in the Forest Camp of Warredal! In the forest of Warredal you will find tiny houses with natural materials, large windows with a forest view and a cozy atmosphere. For a

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The lake of Bacalar is also called the lake of the seven colors. The water of the lake is dazzling blue, a beautiful place to add to your travel itinerary through Yucatan. Where to sleep, what are the must-do’s and where to find the nicest restaurants? In

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Our favorite city in Yucatán is definitely Mérida. We fell in love with the brightly colored streets with Volkswagen beetles, the equally colorful street life, the local culture and all those amazing places to eat. We felt so at home here that we saw ourselves living here.

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