Americas - Central America
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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!
My girldfriend and I are planning a short trip to Central America for mid July. Originally I was planning a trip to Nicaragua but I'm concerned 9 days isn't enough. Our priorities are to hike/view wildlife/birds especially and log some good dives.
Nicaragua, the downside would seem to be the cost of airfare + a plane ticket to and from little corn. Is 9 days enough for volcano/nature hiking and little corn for at least 10 dives?
Honduras, the downside being I've already been there. Although I haven't been to Roatan (only utila). Where is the best hiking/wildlife viewing that could be combined with Roatan reasonably well?
Mexico, I've been here as well.... although never stayed on Cozumel only dove it from playa. Is there enough wildlife/hiking in the Yucatan? We could include Tulum here as well.
Other options? Panama? Caribbean isl... more »
My friend and I will be spending a week in Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula, and plan on taking a TicaBus from Liberia to Nicaragua, eventually ending up in San Juan Del Sur. My question is what would be the best way to get to Liberia from the peninsula?
I'm going to Guatemala in June with my boyfriend. We will be arriving early in the morning in Guatemala City. Our plan is to go directly to Atitlan. Any reccomendations on the best way to get there? Should we get the shuttle to Antigua and take a bus from there? Or is there a more direct way? Also if anyone has any recommendations on where to stay in Panajachel that would also be great.
Also, we were wondering if anyone has ever had any trouble with using their ATM cards? I have read about ATM scams and am wondering if we should take our cash out before arriving.
My three friends and I plan to take the train one-way to Colón and then taxi back. Are there any attractions between Panama and Colón that we should stop at because they're tough to get to using public transport?
me and my boyfriend are looking for a CHEAP way to get from Panama to Colombia (Portobelo - Cartagena). We can't afford paying $450-500, but we can help on the board. Does anyone knows about cheap boats? Or about boats that need staff?
Does anyone have experience photographing the streets and people in Guatemala? I am keen to do a mixture of landscape and street photography and I'm interested to hear about people's experiences. Particularly keen to hear how the locals respond to people taking photos of them and neighbourhoods. I want to shoot candids as much as possible but do not want to offend people in the process. My experience has varied from country to country and an online search hasn't thrown up much for Guatemala.
I visited La Fortuna for the sole reason to go rafting with Costa Rica Descents after they came so highly recommended. I signed up to do the Class III / IV expecting a challenging and fun day, I was extremely disappointed. The /website said the tour was 6/7 hours, yet it turned out we spent about a third of the time in an Organic Farm learning about Costa Rica organic farming methods.
The rafting was not challenging and we kept getting stuck on rocks. My tour guide was in a bad mood when he came to pick us up and was very unhelpful. During the rafting he kept blaming me (the only male on the boat) for us getting stuck on the rocks in shallow parts of the river. The girls on the boat were very taken aback by this and came to my defense.
When I went to complain, I was met with an unhelpful member of staff and not offered any consolidation for an extremity expensive and disappoin... more »
Hi everyone! My boyfriend and I will be flying into Managua this summer. We have nine days total to spend. We're both divers so we're definitely planning on at least 3 days at Little Corn, and maybe one or two diving from Big Corn. We need to log as many dives as possible, but not at the cost of seeing lots of the country.
I've been browsing this board, and other ideas include Ometepe Island, and perhaps Jiquilillo. We aren't high maintenance but we're not outdoor experts. We'd definitely be down to camp a little, but we won't have any equipment.
I love the idea of taking a couple days in Honduras or El Salvador, just to cover some more ground and set foot in a different country. But I'm not sure if it's worth spending a whole day traveling to get there.
Oh, he's Ecuadorian and I speak pretty good Spanish... just for some background.
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Wow! Haven't been on TT in a few years (grad school, wedding, child) and it's so different, just like my travel needs now! Our family has one week in Costa Rica, flying into/out of SJO July 13/21. We plan to rent a car, but we're wondering if a particular side trip is possible. Some family friends will be going to Ometepe in Nicaragua, so we wondered whether it would be possible to meet them. Did some searches and found misc info but nothing re: renting a car to go across the border or driving (non-bus) time. Seems like the drive from SJO to the border is 4-5 hours? (Google Maps says to Managua is 5 hours, but that obviously excludes border crossing and wet season driving.) Then a 1-2 hour border crossing, then on to San Jorge for the ferry (last one at 3:30pm, right?) to Ometepe. Obviously, that's a long haul for one day, especially with a 3-year-old with us (they have a 3-year-old a... more »
My daughter who lives in Belize is coming back to the states for about a year, she needs to bring her Belizean dog. Has anyone done this before? She is encountering all kinds of problems and misinformation. Crazy making. Any help is welcome!
I leave for Guatemala/Belize on Thursday and going to Semuc Champay-Rio Dulce-Finca de Paraiso-Livingston-PG-Caye Caulker-Tulum-Cancun. I will be trying to see most of the major sites and activities along the way. But if anyone has any suggestions they really enjoyed that are not in the travel guides I'd love to know about them. Thanks
My sister and I are going on a trip somewhere in Central America in the third week of July, but we trying to figure out where exactly to go. This of course is the rainy season in the region, but it's a convenient time and place for both of us to travel, because she'll be going from Nicaragua to Florida around this time, so it'd be an easy stopover.
Right now we're thinking of some combination of the Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala. It'd be a short trip - 9-12 days. I've read some about these places and they sound great - we'd want to snorkel or scuba the reefs, swim in the cenotes/underground rivers, and visit ruins.
Besides time, the biggest thing I'm worried about right now is the rain and mosquitoes. Does anyone have an idea of what we can expect in the region at that time of year? Are we talking about all day rain, or a short downpour in the afternoon, or is it really a crapsh... more »
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