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anyone could help with 18day itinerary? We arrive 17.3.2013 at 19:30 to Guatemala City and leave from there 5.4.2013 at 12:30, so we have 18 full days. I am not a fan of doing as much countries as possible and rather stick to 1 to enjoy it, but I have heard it is good to combine Guatemala with Belize. What would you suggest to see/do? We are all 30 years old, good condition, we want to get know local people, their way of live, see some of beautiful deserted nature spots, love beautiful panoramas and prefer nature to cities. We would like to combine some treks, mountains etc. with a final few days by the sea. Generally always looking for off the beaten trek spots.
Thanks for all your suggestions!
I've been trying to make contact with the people at Dos Lunas in Guatemala City. No luck so far and I see that they aren't taking booking through Hostelworld anymore either.
Any idea if Dos Lunas is still an option for staying near the airport or......???
My husband, myself, and our 1 year old son are flying to Managua and arriving at 1AM. We plan to then travel to Grenada the next day. We are looking for an affordable hostel or hotel with easy 24/7 access from the airport since we'll be arriving in the middle of the night. So far it seems our options are either a pricy hotel by the airport or a taxi to the hostels near the bus terminal where presumably we would set for leaving the next day to Grenada.
Does anyone have a suggestion of a hostel near the bus that is easy and safe to access by taxi or shuttle from the airport (at ~2AM), and is reliable to keep our reservation (a complaint i have read on TripAdvisor for many hostels, and at 2AM we'd rather not mess around)?
Or another suggestion of how to get to Grenada given 1AM arrival to MGA?
Thanks for your help!
Erica, Chris & baby Kieran more »
I'm trying to figure out how to get from Panajachel to Xela and then from there to San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta in one day.
I'm guessing this will involve taking a bus to Xela and then another to San Marcos (or San Pedro Sacatepéquez) and a third one from there to San Rafael. Neither of my guide books has any information on how to get around in that part of the country.
Do the buses or combis towards San Rafael (it's on the road towards Malacatán and the border crossing at El Carmen) depart from the same place where the buses from Xela arrive? If they don't, where exactly do they leave from?
I know we can always ask someone once we get there, but I thought I would ask here in case anyone has gone that way recently.
Hello. I am traveling to Nicaragua (from Chicago) to volunteer for a medical mission. I am bringing my family, including two minor children, but also a family friend who is a minor (without his parents!). I'm trying to figure out what documents I might need in place to cross the border from Nica to Costa Rica (probably penas blancas) with a minor child who is not mine. I know child trafficking is a concern in the area, so I don't want to come up against any surprises at the border! Any ideas where I can find out exactly what's required? Thanks!
I was inspired to start this thread when asking about how to make homemade tortillas a few weeks ago. Many travelers rent cabinas or have extended stays and prefer to do some of their own cooking, but are at a loss when searching for ingredients that they're used to at home. I thought it would be fun to share some of your recipes you've learned during your travels using local ingredients, ceviches, tamales, tortillas, mains, desserts, whatever you like.
I've been tweaking this soup recipe and have had pretty good results
Scoot's carrot and chayote soup
3 large carrots, chopped small
1 large chayote, peeled, cored, chopped small
1 onion, chopped
2 tsps minced fresh ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsps curry powder or paste
A dash of cayenne pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
1 14oz can of coconut milk
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil, olive oil or bu... more »
My parents, husband, brother, and 1 year old daughter will all be staying in Panama City from the 22nd through the 29th. We decided to pick one central spot because traveling with a little one is more challenging, and my parents like their creature comforts. So -- I'm wondering what to expect that week. Are things closed on Christmas Day? Are there celebrations?
We are planning to do some day trips from the city, probably some short hikes and visits to the beach. My husband and I might make a short overnight trip for some diving. We done dives all over the world. If you only had one day to dive in Panama, what would you choose?
I am heading to Panama for the winter break for a month. Does anyone have tips on books. I dislike fiction and have a fondness for tales of exploration. Any books that are must-reads?
Thanks in advance,
5 month backpacking trip in Central America, need some advice
Hey everyone so im going to do my first backpacking trip ever solo for 5 months, and I have a few questions. It would be greatly appreciated if you took some time to help a fellow friend out :) First i was wondering if this was a good route that i'll be taking.
It will be in this order:
Guatemala 1 month
El Salvador 2 weeks
Honduras 1 month
Nicaragua 1 month
Costa Rica 1 month
Panama 2 weeks
Im canadain citizen so i dont need visas for any of these countries.
My second question is how much would it cost me? I was thinking between 5000-7000 canadian dollars. I will be eating cheap and where the locals eat, i will avoid touristy areas, i will be couch surfing, using workaway.com etc, i will be staying at the cheaper hostels, and doing everything on the cheap. I might buy some souvenirs and ill probably only ... more »
In late January/Feb I'm meeting my sister, who lives in Costa Rica, for a 12 day trip. I'm interested in hiking in the mountains and rainforest, surfing at Pavones, and swimming under a waterfall. My sister also wants to Panama if possible, because she hasn't been there but has heard good things and that it's less of a tourist circus than CR.
Here's an initial list of places we're thinking of going (can't do all of these obviously, so we'll have to pare this list down):
- Pavones for surfing
- Oso Peninsula
- Hiking to Cerro Chiripo
- Rainforest and waterfalls around Boquete, Panama
- the Rio Celeste waterfall (in the other direction but it looks amazing!)
Any thoughts on these places? Anything I should think twice about or maybe add to this list? What about Panama as an alternative to Costa Rica? more »
Ran into a guy in Copan with a "94 Jeep Wrangler. Since I have a "95 in the US , I stopped to ask how his was running.
He had to show off the work he just had done in Guate City. New diesel Engine from Italy; New AC ; new transmission; leather upholstery; complete rebuilding of brake system; new electrical wiring--Said he paid $4000.00 US!!!!
From what he told me I gather that there are several garages In Guate City that will do similar work. He had just picked up the vehicle so he was not sure what kind of mileage he was going to get on the new engine, but he was expecting to get better than 50 MPG once it was broke in.
Lost his email address! Tempted to try doing similar stuff to my Jeep.
His Jeep always seemed to be parked at the Central Plaza in Copan--German SS Panzer Grey with hard top if you are in the area and want to talk to him. more »
I am flying into Guatemala the 9th of December (Monday) I am coming by myself and have not solidified a plan of sorts yet. I am looking to volunteer places or work on a farm. I can speak spanish and I would preferably love to help or do something useful, but just a place to stay would be nice. Maybe someone else is in a similar situation and at the very least we could meet up down there? Does anyone have any advice on traveling alone with not much planned? Or any advice at all?? (I am physically prepared)
I am flying from Bocas to Panama City about mid March to catch the flight back to the U.S. Should I buy the tickets at Albrook when I arrive on the 1st of March or should I call the number listed on their website in January? I know their website has changed.
does anyone know which Costa Rican beaches are - at least for some hours - equipüped with and supervised by life-guards?
I believe to remember that I have seen some in Tamarindo and Dominical, could I be right about that? Are there any other beaches?
I am planning my first trip to Costa Rica and will be traveling for 17 days. I am arriving into San Jose on the morning of January 2nd. I am trying to figure out the first 9 days when I will be on my own; the remaining time I'll be in Drake Bay (Corcovado) and then Montezuma.
Below are the options I am considering for the first 9 days:
2) Go to Arenal for a few days, then Tortuguero for 2 days, then raft the Pacuare back to San Jose. Fly to Drake Bay.
3) Go to Arenal for a few days, maybe Monteverde too. Take bus/shuttle down to Drake Bay (perhaps stop in Uvita on the way for some whale watching)
I think I am most leaning toward options 1 or 2, but not sure if ... more »
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