What is Best Time of Year to Cycle Tour from Cancun to Panama
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Aug 30, 2012 8:24 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Aug 30, 2012 10:07 AM
So we've started looking around the world where we might go. The problem is that we are looking at wanting to leave late July or early Aug, 2013 since we will be cycling through the Philippines from January through April, 2013 and want to have some time at home before we depart for next trip. I haven't been able to find anything on the website here which might tell me how the weather is say from Aug-Nov. When is the rainy season? We were actually thinking of meeting in Cancun, ride south as others have done to Panama then continue on to Quito Ecuador. I''ve done running trips in Peru, Chile and Argentina but the Patagonia trips were always in December and the Peru trips in June or July as I recall.
So can someone tell me what is best time to travel Central America, with respect to weather? We are not adverse to riding in rain but just not pouring rain day after day.
Aug 30, 2012 6:17 PM
1Weather varies from country to country, especially depending on elevation but also on other factors, but in general in Central America the rainy season is exactly when you're planning to go, June to November or so. It usually doesn't rain all day, but it occasionally can, or for days and weeks at a time. It's weather, and it is variable.
Aug 30, 2012 8:24 PM
2The peak rainy season is the worst in Sept to Nov, the further south you get, as Oct in CR/Panama can be a very crummy time, rains in feet not inches. But one thing to consider if you do this, is Spanish Immersion in Guatemala for a few weeks, as will need it in the small rural towns and villages you will be accessing.
As for China, I am not sure you have investigated the options for your Visa in China, as you do NOT need to be in a tour, this only for the Tibetan region (TAR) permit, now needs to be a minimum of 5 people of the same nationality. Highly doubt you cycle in Tibet anyway, as you would need a guide/escort all the time.
But for China mainland, there is no restrictions for getting a Visa to visit China other than the new Aug 1 requirements that are actually always been on the books but not uniformly enforced at their worldwide embassies, though its been very favorable for Americans/UK/Aussies due to the huge business partnerships. Now they are asking for Roundtrip Tickets/Onward Travel, and also hotel/invite letters, so a agency can do all this and grease the wheels at the Embassy.
You need to align yourself with the services of a guide/visa service based in China that get you your Visa's, as the standard Visa is 30 days, though you can usually get that extended at the local PSB (Police/Security offices in every major town), for 30 days at a time for about under $40 per request. You can also get a 1 Year Visa, 90 day stay, multi entry/exit, this would be $140 and easily arranged with a Visa service, you could then plan your route to be near a airport to fly to Hong Kong or Macua for the day, or just cross the border for 10 minutes and return via a train or a bus to Macau, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos or South Korea, or ferry to Taiwan.
A July start would be ideal in the north of China, and then work your way south, as Yunnan area after Oct is great, typhoon season is about over. The only issues with cycling China is the rules of the road are not in your favor, and accidents via road travel is fairly high, thats why everyone takes the trains, the lessor of two evils, when it comes to the rail network. Just driving there is hell. Too many Chinese driving huge busses/cargo trucks with no more training than your grandmother, and they have not slept in 4 days and are using speed...
I would suggest SE Asia, as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are very exotic and mainly rural roads, with nice guesthouses and widely speken english overall, compared to China, of even CA for that matter, but that time frame, like CA, is bang in the middle of the rainy monsoon season.
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