Our Exceptional Journey

A South America Photographic Journal

Joel R. Dennstedt
8 min readJan 17, 2017


Photos courtesy of Indochine Photography

My brother and I left the United States in 2012 intending to live in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for 6 months. We stayed 2–1/2 years. Our early adventures were documented in Stephen’s book: Expat Journal: Postcards From the Edge and in his blog: Expat Journal on his website IndochinePhotography.me.

In 2014 we began an exceptional journey into Central and South America.


Merida, Yucatan, Mexico


Local Cuban Color

Before departing Merida for further adventures south, we made a clandestine trip into Cuba — a priority on our bucket lists. We had a glorious time traveling the entire island, staying with the locals in their homes, eating local food, smoking authentic Cuban cigars and drinking authentic Cuban rum.


Our first foray into Central America was into Guatemala. Our 4-hour bus trip from San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico became 13 — a little problem with the lingo — ending in the town of Panajachel on the lovely shores of Lake Atitlan. Elsewhere on the lake, we also stayed in a hostel in the secluded village of San Marcos.

Lake Atitlan

A favorite destination on our exceptional journey was the beautifully serene town of Antigua with an active volcano all its own and several inactive others to lend surrounding beauty. With a side trip to the beach at Monterrico, our memories still return there often.




Joel R. Dennstedt

World Traveler/Writer/Poet/Book Author/Editor Top writer in Photography, Travel www.joelrdennstedt.com