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ENCA Member James Watson explores the advantages and disadvantages of flightless travel by embarking on a journey to Central America without a plane ticket.

James was also able to raise £550 for ENCA through donations made in support of his endeavour. His blog below outlines the process of planning and undertaking the trip as well as detailing visits to many communities and organisations with whom ENCA has worked.


A Short Goodbye and Thank You

A Short Goodbye and Thank You

I hope that my blog, or at least some parts of it, has been interesting to those who've read it! Travelling as a sponsored journey for ENCA – with an overall purpose of avoiding planes and with this blog to record the most interesting parts – has for me made the whole year a lot more interesting, and given it a sense of purpose.

Honduras – The Attempt to Criminalise Indigenous and Human Rights leader Berta Cáceres, COPINH

Honduras – The Attempt to Criminalise Indigenous and Human Rights leader Berta Cáceres, COPINH

After two weeks with the Zapatista indigenous rebels in Southern Mexico (see the last article – here), I then had a week's rest being a tourist in Guatemala, before arriving in Honduras. There, as an ENCA representative, I was able to visit several environmental and social justice organisations working in a country wracked by violence and political repression since the military coup of 2009.

“IPES” – Permaculture Technology and the Fight for Solutions in El Salvador

“IPES” – Permaculture Technology and the Fight for Solutions in El Salvador

Back in January I visited El Salvador to deliver an ENCA donation of US$500 for emergency office expenses to the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador (“IPES”, by its Spanish initials). I dropped the money off at their office in the beautiful colonial town of Suchitito, but then they were kind enough to invite me to spend a day and night on their Demonstration Centre a little further into the countryside.

Cargo Ship Travel – The BF Ipanema

Cargo Ship Travel – The BF Ipanema

I am now back on land in Central America, after a very sedate 18 days at sea on the 'BF Ipanema' cargo ship. More than the hitch-hiking, this voyage was something I was anxious about when planning my trip - how would I cope with such a long time on a ship, with no one but crew to talk to and surrounded by thousands of miles of very deep ocean?