Americas - Central America
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We are researching for a recommended and reputable company that offers birdwatching tours of 5 to 6 days. We are shy of just going by what companies say about themselves on the net. Anyone have any suggestions?
Anyone have any tips/knowledge of where I might find a map of Central America while in San Jose?
San Juan Fiesta Chitre,22-24 of June
The patron Saint of Chitre is San Juan de Bautista and an annual fiesta is held in his honor.
The 22,and 23 of June a religious procession and some live music in the Park Union,however the real fun starts the 24th with horsemen riding in the streets,food stalls,beers tents,parades,music and more.
Also,the nearby town of La Arena(3 kms from Chitre) will host its own Fiesta on the 28,29 and 30th of June as well-----
CHitre is 3.5 hours from Panama City and 4 hours from David City(via Divisa)
These events are FREE
My friend and I (both young women) are planning a last-minute, very quick trip to Costa Rica. I will be staying 4 nights/5 days, and my friend might extend her trip a few days after. We were planning on arriving in SJO early on Sunday, and heading straight to Arenal, stopping in La Fortuna on the way, and then staying in Arenal for 2 nights. From there, we'd either go to Manuel Antonio or to Jaco, or to Monteverde. We are very nature-oriented but also enjoy beaches.
A few questions--
1. Does it make sense to stop in La Fortuna on the way from SJO or will it be too late to do any hiking (we land at around 11 am)?
2. Between Monteverde, Jaco, and Manuel Antonio, where should we go for the second two nights?
3. Should we rent a car, given our short timeframe?
4. Are there any safety issues we have to be aware of, given that we are two young girls?
Thanks every... more »
Were thinking mid Oct-mid Nov. I know its supposed to be hurricane season, is that a dumb time to go to Belize?
I just took (a few days ago) a bus ride across the country from Bocas Del Toro to Panama City by bus. Because I left late I took a bus from Bocas to David and then a bus to Panama City instead of the direct bus. Most of the time, the buses going from David to Panama City are one of those double decker buses. Just on a whim I requested the seats on the top deck, right in front against the window and they were available. The seats are 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the window goes from floor to ceiling. The ride was around 6 hours and I took the 9:30 PM bus. Right outside of David the highway changes to a two lane road with trees sometimes growing out over the road causing a foliage tunnel. The whole ride was going though a constant lightning storm with no rain. I was very tired but I could not take my eyes off the road and all the cantinas and houses and dogs and push button hotels and trucks full... more »
Seems there is a bit of a storm over Belize.
How bad is it?
Lots of rain?
Any questions? I am going through the bus station today if anybody has any transportation related questions.
Hi everyone, I'm new on here and this will be my first trip alone. I am a single male going to Guatemala to visit the Mayan ruins in Flores. I am hoping to take the 5 day hike through El Mirador.
Details of my trip: I will be flying June 28th most likely from JFK airport in New York City and return July 9th. Because flying to Flores is expensive, I plan to take the overnight bus from Guatemala City to Flores (where I will stay at the Los Amigos Youth Hostel) after flying in to La Aurora International Airport. TACA airlines which flies from JFK has a flight that reaches Guatemala City at 3:20 pm.
A few questions for you lonelyplanet members:
1. I understand the overnight bus leaves at 9 and 10 pm but does it stop at the airport? Or will I have to go to the bus terminal and if so what is the best way to get there from the airport?
2. How can I spend the 4-5 hours I will... more »
Hi, here is the trip I'm planning to do with my girlfriend. First of all, sorry for my poor English, I'm a french speaker :). I'd like to have advices from some people who've been there to make sure my itinerary is doable and also to make sure I don't miss something I didn't think of. I'd like to receive tips also if and I'm open to change some parts of my planning if I missed something or could simply improve it.
Here it is :
- August 10 : Flight from Montreal to Guatemala City. Arrive at GC @ 11AM. Spend the day in GC and sleep there.
- August 11 : Bus ride to Antigua early in the morning, spending the rest of the day in the old capital.
- August 12 : Early trek to Pacaya during the morning, spending the rest of the day in Antigua.
- August 13 : Day in Antigua
- August 14 : Morning in Antigua, move to Panajachel in the afternoon
- August 15 : Bus to Chichicastan...
I just found an alternative route from La Ceiba or Trujillo to Tegucigalpa, thought I would post as this info is not in even the best LP travel guide to Honduras Instead of going via El Paraiso on a direct bus to La Ceiba one can leave Tegucigalpa in the afternoon for a 3 hour bus journey to Juticalpa from Comayaguela, find a cheap hotel on the little side street where the Elektra shop (very visible) is (I was in Hotel Maravillas) and then at 5am the next morning from the other side of the main road from the Elektra shop there is a bus that goes via San Esteban and up to Tocoa (where you change for Trujillo) and on to La Ceiba itself. Most of the road is not pavement so its a bit of a rough journey but actually this is what some of we hardened travelers like most, and the views are spectacular, you get to Ceiba about 3pm so it is a 10 hour journey Cant understand why LP haven't mentio... more »
Nicaragua turned out to be one of our favourite places we've visited so far!
We drove up from south to north, passing amongst others Isla de Ometepe, Leon, and Esteli.
Read about it here: http://www.yesmads.com/category/nicaragua/
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Wout and Lucy
Hi, which Pacific beach would you recommend? We have las lajas, santa clara and santa catalina on our list.
But we want to have only one stop on our route
We're looking at a motorcycle trip to Costa Rica next year. 4 guys for 1 week. We're all reasonably experienced bikers. I'd be interested in any comments or advice on motorcycles there.
We're looking at these people. Ride
I am trying to figure out what the best and cheapest way to The Corn Islands from Bocas Del Toro.
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