Americas - Central America
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Hello everyone! I am planning some volunteer work in Choluteca, Honduras. I was wondering, once my work is done, where to go from Choluteca Do you suggest going to Nicaragua or El Salvador to visit? Or travel Honduras?We'll be two girls and we'll have about an extra week and a limited budget to go about. We love nature, people and adventures. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Thanks for your help!
Dear kunmingirl, once again, thanks for your post and here is my update on Tex-Mex restaurants in Grenada. My friends and I stayed in Granada for five days and visited Tequila Vallarta and La Merienda. Just like you said, Vallarta is good but expensive. None the less, it isn’t tex-mex, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are way different in flavor and preparation. La Merienda is cheaper and indeed has that unique south of the boarder flavor that I love so much! It was like having a bit of home in Granada!!!
We went everyday for either lunch or dinner. My boyfriend is vegetarian and he fell in love with their tofu and vegetable dishes. If you ask for beer, they will tell you they do not sell any liquor, but they will bring you, free of charge, a fruity cocktail they call agua fresca.
If you go back to Grenada, you should visit this place. I just hope you don't mind listening to Mexican and/or... more »
I am taking my wife and 2 daughters, 6 & 10, to Costa Rica for 10 days in August. I want to spend several days in Rincon de la Vieja and also in Samara/Nosara areas. I have 3 other days that I would like to spend in another location. Any recommendations on another location? i am considering Arenal/Monteverde area or Manuel Anotnio. I am wondering if Arenal is worth it due to no lava flows.
Does anyone have experience bringing a rental car by ferry to Omepete island?
My husband and I will be in Nicaragua for 3 weeks in April and would like to rent a car in Granada for the length of our stay and take it with us to Omepete Island. My book (LP) mentions that we need to contact the ferry company and deposit money in their account and reserve much in advance. As I don't speak spanish, I was hoping to do that once I arrive in Nicaragua, would it be too late then (perhaps 2 weeks in advance)? Is this very complicated to do?
Can anyone recommend a good car rental company? I read on this forum that Budget seems to be good. Any tip would be appreciated!
I have for a long time been loyal to LP as a travel guide but was very disappointed with their guide to Vietnam last year.
I will be travelling to Costa Rica and Panama at the end of the year and want to start reading up now, and will probably buy two separate books for these destinations. Which guide did you find most useful? The Moon Guides seem popular in this branch but I noticed that the CR Moon Guide is from 2011.
When I travel I what I most enjoy are my interaction with locals and like to include some villages or towns that are not dependent on tourist revenue, which really influences how locals engage with you.
A guidebook that assists in identifying quieter towns and has practical information such as maps and public transport routes and schedules would be ideal.
Suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.
i'm going to costa rica for the first 2 weeks in April with my boyfriend.
Just wanted to get opinions of which coast they prefer and why?
Anything/anywhere we shouldn't miss?
My boyfriend would have just finished a long job where he has been travelling a lot, so we will only want to travel to a few places, rather than a whistle stop tour. So want to see the best bits if possible! :)
Thanks for your help.
Just an FYI that my girlfriend and I were mugged by masked teenagers with machetes in Granada. We were biking on the peninsula near Las Isletas. The bikes were terrible (i.e., couldn't go very fast), and we were going nice and slow anyway (muy tranquilo). We were headed from Cabanas Amarillas to Puerto Asese. Around a bend, the no-good-niks ran out of the bushes, blocking our path. They took our cameras and wallets and ran back into the woods. The whole thing took maybe 10 seconds.
As a formality, we told the police not expecting much. However, they took it pretty seriously, checking out the location, interviewing locals, and having us file an extensive report. Pretty sure the cameras, IDs, and cash are looong gone, but maybe it'll help them prevent the next robbery attempt.
Stay safe out there, fellow wanderers.
I have been researching how I'm going to manage travelling from Tikal Inn after the Sunrise tour (should be arriving back to the hotel at around 8am) and make it to Placencia before it gets too dark. I'm spending a month in Belize over late April/early May and have planned out the rest of my trip quite generously timewise, but it looks like I have cornered myself into a busy/rushed day in this case. Most of my trip has already been booked so I'm not able to add any more time for travel. Does this look like it would work?
tikal to border - 2hrs? Taxi? I couldn't find any buses that leave at around 8am from tikal to the border
1 hour for Border crossing?
border to belmopan - bus every 30 min from Benque, duration: 1.5 hrs
belmopan to dangriga - bus leaves 1-2 times per hour, duration: 2 hours
dangriga to Placencia - Ritchie's busleaves at 2pm, 4:30 or 6pm duration:... more »
Im driving from Rio Dulce to Belize in my Toyota 4 x 4 tomorow. Going via Flores and Tikal. Anybody want to come along and share the ride??
I am planning a trip to Central America. This will be my first time traveling by myself. I was looking at Intrepid's Central American Adventure tour (http://goo.gl/jupNu) and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions. Are they an OK company to go through? I am a young adult female with beginner Spanish. I honestly have no idea of where to start and what to bring and what to plan so anything will be helpful!
I arrive on a Sunday in Guatamala midday and will head straight to Antigua. Will there be any Banks or ATMs (hopefully attached to banks) to use?
I'm off to Nicaragua in January and I would like to take a mobile phone for emergencys. I'm going to source a very cheap, very basic tri-band PAYG phone that I won't care if I lose it. Can anyone recommend a PAYG sim that would be suitable? Cheers,
I have found some information about this trip but want to make sure it is still relevant and how semana santa will affect it.
I arrive in san Pedro Sula at 11.48am on saturday and I want to get to Livingston.
From reading other peoples experiences I guess that I am unlikely to do this in a day.
I arrive at the airport and get a taxi tp the bus station (about $10?)
I take a van to Portes cortes ( roughly how much?)
From Porto Cortes I can take a bus to the border - however as it will be getting late maybe I should take a bus to omoa and stay there for the night - will it be easy to find accomodation on Saturday or will everywhere be full?
From the border I can take a bus to puerto barrios and then a boat to Livingston - any idea how much these will cost?
My main questions are; is it this trip possible in one day? and if not is Omoa the best place to break up the trip? more »
Hola fellow travellers,
We're planning a 3 week trip to Central America in July this year. We want to do the highlights of Guatemala being Antigua, Lake Aitilan, and Tikal and then 1 other country with our lean towards Nicaragua. We are off the beaten track travellers, don't like it too touristy, or expensive. Our interests are colonial cities, ruins, and the thing we would most like to do is a jungle/river experience, having not done this type of thing before. We were thinking about the Rio San Juan and the Indio Maiz Reserve and staying in Sabalos, although the transport to and from looks time consuming with either the long ferry ride across Lake Nicaragua or a long bus ride from San Carlos to Managua. I see that there is a plane that flies from Managua to San Carlos, but it looks like there can be delays because of weather. Another idea was the Rio Dulce out of Livingston, b... more »
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