The Full Montezuma

Around Central America with the Girl Next Door

The Full Montezuma by Peter Moore

Six weeks into a new relationship, I invited the new love of my life to travel around Central America. Big mistake.

“Incisive and acutely observed, a cautionary tale for anyone planning to cross a continent with their significant other” – The Age

I’m not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to invited a new girlfriend on a jaunt around Central America. The area was just emerging from decades of civil war and was still racked with poverty, disease and natural disasters. I can only surmise that I was still juiced up on serotonin. The fact that my publisher’s lawyers insist I call her ‘The Girl Next Door’ is a pretty good indication of how things went.

Over a period of six months we battled hurricanes, mosquitoes, uncooperative border officials and over-sexed Mexican commuters and learnt rather more about each other than we really wanted to. Each chapter has its own annoying habit – either mine or the GND’s – including map-hogging, over packing, bite-scratching and over-zealous haggling.

It wasn’t all bad. From the ancient Mayan sites of Guatemala to the perfect golden Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica, Central America served up its share of magic moments.

The Full Montezuma chronicles the all the highs and all the lows of one couple’s journey into the unknown.

The Full Montezuma by Peter Moore

Start your journey now for only 99p!

Here’s some great news. The Full Montezuma is available as an eBook on Amazon right now for the bargain price of 99p/99c. You’re just a click or two away from the chaos and colour of Central America as well as hard-won relationship advice!

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Photos from the trip …

Please forgive the poor quality of the images in this gallery. The originals are in a storage unit in Australia, so I’ve had to use images from when the web was slow and high resolution was a curse rather than a blessing. I plan to visit my storage unit some time this year. When I do, rest assured, the image quality will improve dramatically.


  1. A big thank you for a most fascinating trip though Central America and Jamaica + Cuba.

    I am a Brit, but worked in Jamaica 1967 – 1972. I visited Guatemala + British Honduras ( now Belize) And also San Andres, Columbian Island off coast of Nicaragua.

    I bought your book for AUD 0.50 from a junk shop at Mannum on the River Murray.

    Your writing is so descriptive I felt as though I was there, didn’t need any pictures
    Then wanted to tell a friend in Perth to read it so Googled your name and all these fab pictures came up.

    Need to read it a second time Must get your other books.


    Keith HEWITT

    1. Thanks Keith. Really pleased to hear you enjoyed The Full Montezuma, especially as you have travelled through the region yourself.

      And thanks too, for spreading the word.

      Much appreciated!

  2. Hi Peter,

    Just reading TFM for the second time after reading The Wrong Way Home for second time after being stuck in Saigon recently.

    Did the SE Asia backpacker route in the 80s.



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