Americas - Central America
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'Looking for input on a 2-week journey in early November, from San Jose to Tegucigalpa, 4 of us. Spirits willing, but 60-year-old joints remind us we are no longer long-distance runners—or even serious hikers. Mary is a small-time coffee roaster. A major focus will be visiting organic/fair trade coffee operations. Flights are set—arriving San Jose Oct 28, departing Tegucigalpa Nov 12 (15 nights). Current itinerary: Nights 1 & 2 in Atenas, visit coffee fincas around San Jose. Then 2 nights in Monteverde—more coffee fincas. Then 3 nights in Brasilito/Conchal, for our beach fix. On to Nicaragua--1 night in Diriamba, then 2 nights in Matagalpa/Selva Negra. On to Honduras for the final 4 nights. Mary knows a coffee grower with a finca near Comayagua.
Mary's friend & hubby are coming, making a party of 4. Traveling via public transport, at times we may look to rent taxis, bu... more »
I am keen to continue learning Spanish when i eventually reach Nicaragua, but i am unsure on the quality of the schools.
I have studied in Guatemala (Xela), and they have some excellent Spanish schools. What is the quality like in Nic, and where should i look at going too?
Corpus Christi Fiesta 30 May- 9 June,2013. La Villa De Los Santos
Music, mayhem ,mischief and merriment will be the norm throughout this fiesta in the village of La Villa.
Starts Thursday morning(30 May) and the streets will be brilliantly decorated with flowers and leafs of numerous designs and configurations. Its a photographers photgenic dream!
Also during the early morning hours the mischief maker,The Goat and his sidekick El Torito and partner in mayhem making will be dancing up a storm and terrorizing locals and tourist alike. Warning Ladies:The Goat is quite the pervert........!
The central theme;good versus evil. The "Good",Archangel Michael and The "bad",The Gran Diablo and his devil amigos.
Numerous dance troupes will be performing various dances such as, El Torito,Los Diablicos Sucios,El Montezuma,Cabezona and many more. Eventually after hours of music,fir... more »
Just wondering what the norm is when travelling in CA regarding eating.
Do you cook your own food or eat out?
In Asia i'd never cook but travelling around OZ NZ and the south pacific we cooked most meals and eat out rarely.
Whats the mix in Central America?
I'm trying to plan a trip for July. Thinking of Costa Rica and I read the area of Nosara would be better for that time of year. Dryer.... Can anyone suggest a good place to stay for a solo female traveler during July? Does not have to be fancy =)
My husband and I have a few months off and want to take off and surf.
We are having trouble trying to decide on where to go. I fell in love with Domincan Republic last year as it had waves good for him and me and walking distance from cheap accommodations. He wants to go back to Mal Pais in Costa because it had really great waves for him there. We only were there briefly and I cant remember any waves that were good for me. Two months is a long time if you dont have somewhere to play.
So, Im looking for a place where we can stay for cheap (about 500 a month), waves for us both, preferably walking distance so we dont have to be on the same schedule.
Can any of you travelling surfer people recommend a few places? We cant change the times we go, due to work commitments etc so mid june through early sept is around our time off......be stoked to hear peoples advice.
Best... more »
I will be arriving in Costa Rica about midnight June 1st...want to take the express bus to Manuel Antonio that same day. I had read online about getting tickets early and normally I would do something like that at least the day before but obviously am unable to; I was wondering if I would have trouble getting a ticket the same day. If anyone has any experience with that, please let me know your thoughts.
I have a short layover in San Salvador, El Salvador and am being picked up and going on a tour by a tour company there. I have the option of going EITHER to Lake Coatepeque or Joya de Ceren. What would you recommend? I´d be interested to hear all thoughts you might have about either/both.
My fiance and i are looking into places to honeymoon. We've recently been interested in Belize and have 10 days schedule in November. Would anyone be able to recommend the best way to spend these 10 days in Belize? We are both big into out door activities, and are trying to budget out trip as much as possible. Any tips would be great, thanks!
Amy recommendations? The 2 hostels mentioned in lonely planet are quite expensive
I'm currently in the planning stages of a 3 month trip to Central America, flying into Cancun and leaving Panama. From Cancun I'll be going down to Belize fairly quickly after a visit to Tulum. Reason being that 3 months is not as long as I'd like so I will be spending longer in some countries than others.
I'm going to be visiting lots of ruins on this trip, including Tikal and copan but I am in two minds about chitzen itza. It will take a few days out of my time and it sounds like it will be very crowded, but.... It does look amazing. So is it worth the detour and will I forever regret not going or should I use my time to see more elsewhere?
Me and my boyfriend are planning a trip to Central America (from January till... we wanna go home). We want to have some time to travel around, but mostly the trip is meant to work at a volunteer project/organization (in Nicaragua). For now the plan is to find a project for the duration of 4-6 months (although longer could be an option as well).
Now our question... Could someone point us in the direction of a project or organization that could use two volunteers (or one, separate projects are fine too) for a minimum of 4 months???
Our preference is a 'social' project, we're looking to work with people (as in: no animals or constuction projects). It doesn't matter what, could be teaching, could be at an orphanage, anything is fine as long as it has to do with helping people.
If possible it would be great to find a project which can offer us some sort of room and boa... more »
I have been looking for a place to stay in Antigua that is safe, not too expensive and near the central park area. This place sounds almost too good to be true, low rents, website looks lovely, near Merced Cathedral. My concern is why it has not been reviewed by any site and why I cannot find any comments from people who have stayed there. If it is as good as it looks, I would think everyone would be talking about it, especially since I have heard that it is not always easy to find good inexpensive rentals in this area. If anyone has personal experience about this place, I would love to hear it. Also, I welcome the names of any other places in the general area. I am a single woman, looking for studio size. Thank you for any help.
We're staying in Manzanillo before heading to Bocas Del Toro. Does anyone know how long the hike from Manzanillo to Gandoca village? I hear it's 2.5 hours to Punta Mona, but I'm not sure how long it takes to get from there to Gandoca. We have to get to Bocas Town by 4, so I suppose we should get to Gandoca by noon?
Just wondering if anyone has experienced bedbugs in any of the hostels/motels in Nicaragua? Or if they are known to be a big problem there? Thanks!
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