Recommended 8 day itinerary in Central America
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 20, 2012 6:15 PM Last Post By: chefhagan
Jun 20, 2012 11:19 AM
Recommended 8 day itinerary in Central AmericaHi all,
My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Central America for late August and figured we'd turn to the Thorn Tree community as we get started in doing our research. We don't have a ton of guidance at this point, but are currently considering the following:
- Panama - Haven't thought much about a potential itinerary.
Just to give you some ideas about our interests: Over the course of this trip, we're interested in spending some time enjoying nature in a rustic/eco-lodge-type accommodation while spending the remainder of our trip staying somewhere nice. We are both into scuba diving and hiking, although we'd like to keep the hiking portion of our trip to a maximum of two days (even day trips would be fine). Given the brevity of our itinerary, my personal feeling is that it would be best to rely more on overland travel than on regional air travel, but if anyone feels otherwise, then please correct me. Also, please know that we are by no means committed to the three destinations I've outlined above, and are open to suggestions of all kinds.
Thanks for the help, looking forward to your advice.
Jun 20, 2012 11:49 AM
1Not sure if you're saying 8 days in Central America plus additional time in Colombia (which is in South America) or whether it's 8 days total. If it's the latter, I'd say you are trying to pack way too much into a short trip. Travel time alone will eat up a good deal of time.
Or maybe I'm wrong and that is what you're asking -- which of the three? -- but then you mention overland travel versus regional air travel.
If it is just 8 days total, then I'd say pick one of these three and save the other countries for another trip. As to which one, each of them offers a lot, and it would be tough to pick one over another. Colombia would be my personal choice as it's the largest, most populated and certainly the most diverse of the three, with the Andes mountains, rainforests, coasts on the Pacific and Atlantic and Caribbean and a huge city (Bogatá). But 8 days isn't enough to begin to see it.
Jun 20, 2012 11:58 AM
2Thanks for the response. Just to clarify, this trip will be a total of 8 days, and I'm only planning on visiting one of those destinations... in mentioning those three, I was just articulating the options I currently have in mind. And I know that Colombia is in South America, but for simplicity's sake, figured I'd lump it in with Central America since we'll be hanging out towards the north.
With respect to Colombia, we're considering - Cartagena --> Santa Marta --> Parque Tayrona.
Still open to other suggestions. Thanks!
Jun 20, 2012 12:02 PM
31) "Given the brevity of our itinerary, my personal feeling is that it would be best to rely more on overland travel than on regional air travel" If it's a shorter trip, wouldn't it make more sense to fly between two places than drive?
2) Have you thought about Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, or Belize?
Also, what's your budget? There are some very nice eco-lodges in those locations, but they tend to cost quite a bit.
Jun 20, 2012 12:21 PM
4Implicit in my general preference to travel over land rather than by plane is the idea that, given our limited time-frame, we probably won't be covering a very broad geographic area, and I'd rather not waste the time dealing with airports instead of taking short bus/van/car rides. Naturally, if we decided to cover lots of ground, then regional airfare would be the only way to do so.
We're less interested in Costa Rica, but Guatemala, Honduras and Belieze sound like great options. What do you suggest? We are willing to spend some time at a very nice eco-lodge if it suits what we're looking for from our itinerary.
Jun 20, 2012 1:10 PM
5If you want Scuba diving and nature with ruins, Belize or Honduras. The smaller the country the easier to get around, as Colombia is huge in comparison, almost the size of all of CA.
8 Days in Honduras would be nice, fly into San Pedro Sula, bus 3 hours to La Cieba, stay at Omega Lodge 2 nights, then ferry to Roatan or Utila and dive your brains out on the 2nd longest reef in the world for dirt cheap at $35 for a 2 tank dive. You can sail between them on Verns catamaran for $55PP and it takes 4 hours ish...
Guatemala is all bout inland activity and culture, again, you dont have time more than 3 areas with just 10 days.
I have not been to Belize yet, but you could fly into Cancun cheap, overland in the Yuctan via Tulum and then boat to the cayes for scuba diving, though more expensive than Honduras. Flying in/out of Belize is normally not cheap, thats for sure.
Jun 20, 2012 1:16 PM
6You could check out the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras--luxe lodge in the rainforest that offers access to snorkeling/scuba offshore.
Or, Chaa Creek or the Lamanai Outpost Lodge plus a place on one of the Cayes in Belize.
But, those places are seriously expensive (esp for a single traveler), so it depends on how much you want to spend.
More rustic ecoplaces could include Omega Lodge in Honduras, maybe something near Crooked Tree in Belize.
Edited by: racandee
Jun 20, 2012 3:45 PM
Jun 20, 2012 6:15 PM
8OP, I would go to Colombia.
Tim, Colombia is more than twice the size of all of C.A. combined.
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