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2 friends and I are planning on driving through Guatemala within the next few weeks. How is the safety situation in Guatemala after the troubles they have been having this year? If it is all good, or not, where would you recommend staying?
2010 was my last trip to CA which started with a bus journey from Cancun
Snorkling was great down Mex coast thru Belize and Utila in Honduras
Want to return again to CA and spend time in Nicaragua ,Costa Rica, El Salvador
and Panama !!!!
Costa Rica and Panama have Carib and Pacific so where are the best spots
Carib or Pacific
And any other good spot that springs to mind
Any info on travel safety and security for the area around the Rio Dulce. Is it safe? My wife and I plan on staying at different Hostels along the river. April 2014. Also are there any areas to avoid that are not safe?
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My wife are planning a trip to Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. We are flying into La Ceiba and taking a ferry to Utila for dive instruction. We will then be off to Guatemala for 2 weeks hanging around different hostels on the Rio Dulce and then on to Ambrigris Caye Belize for a week. I have read terrible stories about how bad La Ceiba is. I have heard the beach by the ferry is full of gang members and drug addicts just waiting for the next tourist. to rob. is this true? is Guatemala and Belize like this? I have read many posts .... not to travel at night ( which we wont) and use common sense. Any feed back would be great
We are a group of 8 (4 which are children) who are interested in visiting Chichicastenango. We are staying in Antigua. We are looking at the best way to travel to this destination, as well as what sites/places to see or what not to miss.
Any help, suggestions or guidance would be wonderful!!
I am looking for a reputable travel agent or agency in Antigua Guatemala. Preferably one that speaks English and that I can email. I am looking for them to help with my trip between Antigua and leon. Does anyone have any reccomendations? I will be going by bus.
Going to Costa Rica in February, first time there, trying to work out an itinerary for +/- 18 nights, planning to travel by public transport. Not looking for gringo party towns a la Jacó/Tamarindo etc., but rather quiet places. Would like to see toucans, tapirs, turtles. And quetzals. Fresh fruit juices rather than beer. I was wondering if you could help me with a few pointers - appealing to your infinite wisdom and patience :)
- Itinerary so far is looking something like this:
- Flying into SJO > San Gerardo de Dota (or De Rivas, see further): 2 N
- Uvita (Ballena park): 2 N
- Dominical (Hacienda Barú): 2 N
- Arenal: 3 N
- Tortuguero: 2/3 N
- Cahuita: 3 N
- Back to SJO
Or something like that :)
- Where should we spend our first ...
I am planning a solo visit to Costa Rica for about 20-30 days in February 2014. I have a list of places I would love to visit, though I'm afraid it is too many for this short period. Here's some places I'm interested in, but I know I will not get to all of them.
-La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano
-Monteverde/ Cloud Forest
-Volcan Irazu NP
For a 20-30 day trip how many destinations and which ones would you recommend? And travel suggestions between venues? I'd like to see lots of nature and culture and a little of the party scene but not too touristy. I would definitely like to try some adventure activities (zip line, bungee jumping, surfing, suspension brides) as well. This is a budget trip so nothing fancy. Cheap and Fun!
Thanks a bundles,
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I'm an American booking a trip to Peru and am looking a flights. One roundtrip flight connects through SAL but has a layover of 50 and 54 minutes.
I've read conflicting reports about customs/immigration at the San Salvador airport. Some say you don't have to go through customs and can just walk straight from one gate to another.
Can anyone confirm this? I've visited the the SAL airport website but can't find a definitive answer.
as u know is it possible to change Guatemalan quetzal to Honduran lempira at border Guatemala-Honduras?
Or better somewhere else ?
there is a new costa rican $5 exit tax going into effect next monday and will be collected from anyone crossing any of the borders by land. as of now, the border offices don't have facilities to collect the tax so it needs to be paid in advance. they are working on a set-up for paying at the border just like paying at the airport - and it's the same bank doing the collecting. the newspaper article states that you can pay with some "transport companies" and hotels or at a couple of banks.
more details can be found in today's http://www.amcostarica.com
+$5 land exit tax will go into effect Monday, Tributación says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The country's tax authority says that it will begin collecting a $5 land exit tax Monday.
The agency also said that no one at the border crossings has the power to accept such payments, so travelers must pay their tax beforehand.
The agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, said Tuesday it had entered into an agreement with Banco Crédito Agrícola to handle the money the same way that the bank handles the airport exit tax. Within two weeks, the bank is supposed to have automatic machines to collect the tax from credit and debit cards and give receipts at Paso Canoas, Río Sereno-Sabalito, Sixaola and Peñas Blancas. These are the major crossings.
The exit tax can be paid ahead of time at branches of Coopealianza as well as the Banco Crédito Agrícola, said the ministry. To... more »
My friend and I are flying in to San Jose at the crack of dawn on Dec 31st. Right now we have a room booked at a SJ hostel, but have been advised by others to head elsewhere.
Any opinions on NYE in San Jose versus the coast? We're doing a week of language school in Tamarindo so we're thinking we might just head there... But we're having trouble finding a shuttle that can get us to the coast before it's dark.
What is NYE like in Costa Rica? Anything going on in San Jose? We're a little concerned about safety as it will be our first night and probably pretty wild.
We are planning on staying abroad as long as we can (no return tickets booked) so we're open to any and all suggestions!
I'm assuming someone on here is looking for a good way to go from Panama to Colombia. I went with a company called San Blas Adventures and can't say enough good things about the trip. Our captain was an Italian guy named Fabio, and his boat is called the Green Moon. The boat is a essentially a seaworthy speedboat, and minimal time was actually spent on the water. I highly recommend this means of transportation if you're prone to sea sickness (like me).
Fabio was extremely professional but also very chill. His schedule was very planned and there were few surprises. The thing that really sets Fabio apart is the relationships he has built with the locals at every step of the way. He had solid rapport with everyone from the hostel owners in Panama City, the Kuna Yala chiefs of the San Blas Islands, to the small business owners in Capurgana, Colombia. As a t... more »
hello. so I am looking to possibly get married in Nicaragua. unfortunately, I am having difficulty finding information on who to contact to accomplish this (perhaps because neither of us speaks any Spanish). could someone recommend a notary or judge to contact? also, does anybody know roughly how much it would cost to take care of everything? the paperwork side of it, I mean. any help would be much appreciated.
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