Nov. 30 - Jan 29: Guatemala, Belize and Honduras
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 11:24 AM Last Post By: toughcookie
Nov 9, 2012 6:09 PM
Traveling by myself (first solo-trip) for 9-weeks...I have a few things on the agenda but was wondering if you guys can recommend any places I HAVE to check out or any tips or tricks.
Here is my plan so far:
-Stay in Antigua for 2-weeks and take a spanish class while I'm there
-Check out Flores and Tikal (will probably spend a week or so here...or is that too long?...also will probably spend Christmas here but still unsure where I will end up)
-Head out to Caye Caulker from Dec 26-Jan 2...my friend and her boyfriend are coming down and we will be celebrating New Years there
-Utila Island to get my diving certification
**also...what are you guys doing with your passports and money?? It seems like everywhere only accepts cash...meaning credit cards are pointless. I don't want to be going to ATMs constantly and I also don't want to carry a chunk of cash with me constantly. Also...I feel weird about carry my passport with me everywhere. I'm going to get a lock for my backpack but I know that's not really going to prevent anyone from stealing something if they wanted to. Tips for this will be great!
**also..haven't book anything for Christmas night because I don't know where I am going to be, will that be a problem??
Anyone want to meet up while we are down there!?!
Nov 9, 2012 6:11 PM
Nov 9, 2012 11:16 PM
2A week in Flores is quite a lot for me..depends what you like doing of course,but there isn't a huge amount of choice there ;-)
On the passport/money...I wear a money belt.That has my passport,cards and cash in.I also have some emergency cash and an emergency ATM card locked up in my backpack.
Credit cards are not much use for day to day stuff but I have one for emergencies.
Nov 10, 2012 4:11 AM
3Hi, The usual drill is to carry US dollars on your body with your passport and credit/debt card. When you get to your room you can leave your main stash hidden and just walk around with a copy of your passport and enough cash for the day. You have to be able to trust your hotel room. If it seems sketchy then get another hotel. There are ATMs all over the place now, even a good one on Caye Caulker. This allows you to bring less cash than in the past. Be aware that most banks' debit cards charge you a hefty fee for each transaction so don't just keep running back for 20 dollars every few minutes. Credit cards, especially Visa, can be used for larger purchases and even many gift shops. Be aware that there is always a service charge to use themso ask up front. I think traveler's checks have become a thing of the past, but if you are really paranoid you can get some of them as a back up. It is a good idea to split up your stash on your body. So don't do anything stupid especially at night like drinking too much and wearing jewelry. Hang together, stay alert, watch each others back and always hang on to your stuff with your hand. You should be fine. Oh, I would probably want a place to stay on Christmas so if you are there a few days early you can make reservations then otherwise you may want to prebook. Christmas can get pretty busy but I maintain that you can always find a place to stay if you are flexible.
Nov 10, 2012 5:18 AM
43 nights Flores plenty
Antigua boring. Lake Atitlan better. I think Hopeforlust recommends language training there. San Pedro, maybe. She'll swing by, shortly.
I seldom use repellent, travelling Nov-Mar
I do like Greggo: big wad of cash, credit card, atm card, traveller checks. Spread it out, have a sacrifice wallet. Take inventory before every move, redistribute and record assets and locations in your journal. Break up the big denominations at hotels and chinese grocery stores, as you go.
Nov 10, 2012 12:18 PM
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Nov 26, 2012 10:29 AM
8I am traveling for the first time with a friend and we will be staying in Caye Caulker from at least December 30th-Jan 1st. It is our first stop on a 1-3 month trip through Central America. It would be great to meet up and hear about your time in Guatemala and get any advice since we are kind of just winging it!
Nov 26, 2012 9:51 PM
9hey! do you have a hotel already? it would be cool to meet up! I'm winging about half of my trip so I understand needint information. I'd love to share with you what I've seen once I've seen it! are you planning on heading down to Honduras? I'm kind of worried about traveling down there by myself.
Nov 27, 2012 2:00 AM
Nov 28, 2012 11:23 AM
11For fruited-up beer (a "must-guzzle") go to D&D Brauerei, near Lago de Yojoa. There is the only extant text of Eddy's trip report, A WALK IN PARQUE ECO-ARQUEOLOGICO LOS NARANJOS, since it was stricken from the forum by the moderateros.
Nov 28, 2012 11:24 AM
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