Americas - Central America
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Just wondering if anyone can offer information about their experience purchasing property on the pacific side of Panama. If you have any info to share I would appreciate hearing about it. Thanks and happy travels....
Our continuing wandering will soon be taking us from Tikal, Guatemala to Belize to learn to SCUBA. What we want to do after that is travel the most direct way possible to Panama in, say, early June.
We have done too many longish road trips lately and baulk at the challenge of getting from one to the other by bus. Flights seem to (all?) go via San Salvador...
Anyone know of a way of getting from Belize to Panama direct? Is there a sea route maybe?
Thanks in anticipation of your help as ever!
Starting out a 17-day trip in Nicaragua by enjoying some beach time. Any recommendations of getting from the Managua airport straight to San Juan Del Sur? Is the taxi ride from the aiport to the local bus expensive?
Was looking into the private buses, but it's 40$ per person :(
Thank in advance for your help
Hi we have a very short holiday in Nicaragua on an 11 night guided trip, Managua, Granada, Leon, Ometepe Island, San Juan del Sur and back to Granada. We have 4 more days before we have to return home so the question you may be able to help with is, should we travel to Costa Rica, the corn islands, the rio platano biosphere reserve or perhaps go to Honduras?
I know it's crazily short but any suggestions would be welcome
I'm a 20 year old college student with a real fascination with central and south america. Growing up in the U.S we are very exposed to information about Europe, Asia and obviously our own history but info on our southern neighbors is scarce despite the large number of Hispanics now in the U.S. It is so mysterious to us. We see it as this land of jungles, beautiful women and white sand beaches but also one of poverty and danger. Anyways the point is I want to travel through central america next summer. I will have 2-3 of my buddies with me and we want to drive from Orlando, Florida to Texas and into Central America all the way down to Costa Rica or Panama and back. I know crazy right? We want to spend 3-4 weeks doing this. The total driving time I believe is something like 4 and a half days. Here are my questions for anyone who has ever done anything like this or who has information th... more »
I need recommendations on Hostels/budget options in the puerto viejo area. I dont want to be too far from the village, but being a bit outside is good!
Ive heard Pagalu is good, however its in town and not as close to good swimming beaches. Then there is La Ruka, hard to find info on them but I have been to their site. Has anyone stayed in these, or ones similar?
My sister and I are young so we like to meet new people however we would rather not sleep where the party is :)
Por favor ayudame!!
I'm planning on going to Tortugeuro in June before moving on to Panama City. I'd like to stop off in Limon on the way down (and maybe see the sloth sanctuary between Limon and Cahuita). I've had a look around the web and on here and can see lots of information on how to get to Tortugeuro and Limon from San Jose, but not how to get in between the two. Does anybody have any advice on how to do this? What are the most convenient and cheapest ways to get from Tortuguero to Limon?
And any advice on the best way to get down to Panama City from Limon / Cahuita? I know it's relatively easy to get to Bocas from Limon but I'm meeting friends in Panama City so need to get there.
We will visit Belize in this August and we will mainly stay in Caya Caulker as we are divers.
We will cross the border from Chetumal (Mexico) and skip Belize City (if possible).
We will have at least three day diving in those reef and of course a day at Great Blue Hole.
However, I notice that we have no chance at all to see the Great Blue Hole in sky, I think it looks better in this way.
If we take the boat to the Great Blue Hole, are we possible to see the whole sharp of the hole, or we can hardly feel that we are inside a hole?
What is the best way to experience the Great Blue Hole in air?
Is the inter-island flight able to fly over this hole? Or we have to pay again for a purpose-made scenic flight?
By the way, we will live in Yuma's house in Belize (haven't booked yet), how's that? If any of you are there, say hi to me! haha. (6/7 Aug - 10 Aug)
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This from AM Costa Rica:
"Sometimes major achievements are so low-keyed that they go unnoticed. Such is the case with Costa Rica's fight against malaria.
In 2006, there were 2,903 cases reported. This year there have been three cases. Last year there were just eight.
The Ministerio de Salud said that the country is well on the way of eliminating the disease by 2015."
Yet medical sites still show malaria as endemic and encourage you to flush toxic anti-malarials through your body when planning a short vacation. Nuts (IMO)...
The more I look into things the more confused I get. I've booked a flight to Cancun from Ireland on the 6th of July. I can roughly stay a month in Central America. I want to travel down the coast and then into the Guatemalan highlands and back then to copan and Bay Islands before visiting El Salvador. I have 30 days vacation.
This is my rough incinerate. What should I skip what should I include. I haven't booked my return flight yet but have I enough time to include Nicaragua and fly home from there in stead of San Salvador.
Cancun- Playa del Carmen-Tulum- Cayenne Caulker- Livingston-Rio Dulce- Tikal-Antigua-Guatemalan Highlands-Copan-Bay Islands- Playa Del Trunca ...........(Leon, Granada, Ometepe???)
have I enough time should I skip Copan and Bay Islands. I would like to visit Honduras(box ticking:)) )
Our son is in San Pedro , Guatamala and wants to go to Guetzaaltenango Chela , can anyone recommend language schools there. Any other tips for this city or travel from San Pedro to Guetzaaltenango Chela ? Is Chela a lot more rainy than Antiqua? He was in Antiqua before. Thanks.
I have been browsing the internet/guidebooks/boards and have come up with a plan for a 2-3 week trip through Guatemala. I live in Panajachel and have seen the majority of Western Guatemala but am planning a loop to go through some other areas. Below is my tentative plan. Any advice on places I have gone wrong about buses and transport, or if you know of a better way of doing something, or anything amazing I have missed nearby, would be greatly appreciated! I will be with a friend and would like to keep costs as low as possibly but don't mind the occasional splurge. I like to keep things fairly low key and prefer to be away from large crowds. I am most interested in seeing all the natural wonders of Guatemala, meeting some nice people, and experiencing local communities along the way.
Places are listed in order of visit, I am not planning to reserve anything more ... more »
My husband and I are flying into PTY in a few weeks and arrive around 8:00 am, and then we don't have to catch our next flight until late in the afternoon. Does anyone know a great tour guide/driver who'd be willing to pick us up from the airport, show us around for a few hours, and then drop us off before our next flight? Thanks!
Hi :) Based on the suggestions provided on this forum, I've decided to stay on Cay Caulker, but I'm wondering what are my options getting from San Ignacio to Cay Caulker? I don't believe there is an airport in San Ignacio, so I'm thinking the only way is via bus or shuttle.
For the bus, would I take the bus back to Belize City and then somehow find my way to the dock for the water taxi? And what time the bus departs?
Anyone know if a shuttle runs between the dock and San Ignacio and how much it would cost?
Me and 3 girlfriends (all age 23-24) will be flying into Liberia in early June for a week of relaxing, hopefully learning to surf, eating local food, and of course partying. We're planning on taking the local bus to Tamarindo, where we've booked a hostel for the first two nights. We only booked two nights because we want to stay flexible in case we hear of awesome things to do in other towns!
We would very much appreciate tips for must-sees (turtle hatching?), must-dos (ziplining?, etc), inexpensive but good schools/beaches to learn to surf, places to eat on a budget or even shop for groceries, bars with a good party scene, etc.
Thanks in advance everyone!
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