Panama or Nicaragua?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2012 11:56 AM Last Post By: rhinotraveller
Oct 30, 2012 3:55 PM
So, would you choose Panama or Nicaragua, and why? I have 2 different friends, both of whom I have travelled with in the past, tell me the opposite of one another, and, I must say, they both had convincing arguments.
. I trust them both, hence, I put it out to you.
Here is what I am looking for:
-*hiking*, even some overnight hikes if possible with organized groups, since I will not bring tent etc
- beach time
- interesting city or cities (not the focus of the trip but I do enjoy old buildings, squares, Colonial architecture)
- I would be a lone female
-went to Costa Rica a few years ago, liked it. Not interested in Guatemala or Honduras for this trip
- Panama seems a bit dicey at the moment from what I am reading here and elsewhere.
Thank you for any tips and advice you can give. I would love to hear about your favourite places and experiences in both Panama and Nicaragua.
Oct 30, 2012 7:33 PM
Oct 31, 2012 3:32 AM
2I'd probably avoid Panama at the moment too..
Who knows what the situation will be like in March though?
Nica is cheaper for sure,and I think has far more in terms of interesting colonial buildings etc.Not great for museums,but neither is Panama.
Both have beaches and hiking opportunities..maybe Panama is a bit better in this respect.
Oct 31, 2012 7:11 AM
Oct 31, 2012 10:06 AM
Nov 1, 2012 1:01 PM
5I was in Nicaragua 2 years ago and loved it, my favorite country in central America. And just last night I returned from a fantastic 10 day trip in Panama. We just spend Oct 29 and 30 in Panama and had no issues, and saw no evidence of riots its all been resolved.
For beaches I would choose Panama over nicaragua, they have an amazing selection of beaches. But for everything else I would choose nicaragua, its cheaper, good volcanoes to explore, and Nicaragua wins the interesting city competition as Granada, Leon and Esteli are all great.
Nov 2, 2012 12:42 AM
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Nov 4, 2012 5:31 PM
Nov 6, 2012 11:56 AM
9Glad to be of assistance! Have a great trip (and return to Panama one day, also a great country to visit).
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