Budget and Advice
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 1:22 PM Last Post By: lucapal
Dec 5, 2012 8:40 PM
Budget and AdviceHello,
I'm a female looking to backpack through Central America in December of next year with another friend. Our vague plan is Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, and Honduras (we were thinking of adding Nicaragua as well). Just wanted to know opinions on whether 2-3 months was enough time, and if any of those places should be added or left off of our itinerary. We were also budgeting about 4,000 not including airfare, and hopefully including certain activities like rafting, snorkeling, ect.
As someone who has never backpacked before and has done a lot of extensive research that all seems to vary on advice, is this reasonable?
Dec 6, 2012 1:10 AM
Dec 6, 2012 5:44 AM
Dec 6, 2012 7:17 AM
On a low budget, you can find dorm beds for about BZ$20 a night. Private room with shared bathroom is around BZ$30. Private room with bathroom start at about BZ$40.
This site has a selection of lower budget hotels...
You can survive on about BZ$20 per day (that's eating rice & beans, a lot of bananas and no alcohol), but BZ$30 might be a better amount to use in your budget. Beer is about BZ$2.50 if bought in a shop -- double that if bought in a bar.
Buses are cheap. For example: Corozal to Belize City is BZ$9; BC to San Ignacio is BZ$7. Work on 10 to 15 cents per mile.
Water taxis (ferry boats) go to the cayes -- the water taxi services have websites with schedules & fares.
The BelizeBus site has a lot of transportation information.
Dec 6, 2012 9:18 AM
4Sorry for being so vague,
thats 4000 each, in Canadian dollars, which is roughly equal to US right now.
Are any of those countries considered "must sees" for anyone who has been to a few or all of them? I've had varying opinions. For example, some people loved Costa Rica and others said I should skip it and spend more time in Belize. Again, some people thought we were crazy for considering Nicaragua but then others yet again told us it was their favourite.
I'm just trying to get a good idea of experienced travelers opinions.
Thanks everyone :)
Dec 6, 2012 11:27 AM
I would try to avoid generalizations about entire countries and it isn't really fair to be subjective when objectivity, actual hard facts are what you need. Your likes and dislikes are a very personal thing. I would take everything in moderation. The best thing you can do is read some of the guide books as they tend to be written mostly by seasoned Journalists who hopefully learned in school how to be objective. If the books can't give you the up to date facts and nitty gritty, then this forum is an excellent source from people that know. Is there some reason that you can just pick a few places that sound good and take one day at a time?
Dec 6, 2012 1:22 PM
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