Cozumel to Rio on land
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 3, 2013 6:25 AM Last Post By: mrmrst
Aug 2, 2013 4:23 AM
Cozumel to Rio on landHi fellow travelers,
I am a 32 yo who has been traveling casually for a while but have now decided to take the plunge and go for a year long trip solo, I was hoping for its first leg to take me from Cozumel to Rio over land(except for the darien gap of course) with a trip to the galapagos in between and possibly avoiding peru and bolivia since i have already been. I was wondering if anyone had done something similar or completed parts of this itinerary and could impart some of their knowledge on suggested routes, recommended stops, or any other valuable information. My main interests are scuba and any cultural/nature attraction worth the detour i am not really big into the party scene. My anticipated start date out of cozumel is September 9th and as far as spending is concerned since i want to make it east all the way to Tokyo i'd like to keep it on the economic side :) Cheers and thanks in advance
Edited by: pechorin80
Aug 2, 2013 5:36 AM
1A year is a good amount of time, but the final (?) destination of Tokyo is a strange one- for a start you would head generally West from South America to get to Japan and it would decimate most budgets. Also be aware that you are heading South from Cozumel into the Central American "green" or "rainy" season. It will rain until December and you should plan accordingly. Honduras and Belize are generally considered the best diving destinations.A good guide book will detail the "must see" sites including Tikal and Copan. It is always expensive to get from CA to SA but once in SA long distances are easily covered by buses. Note that Rio hosts the World Cup next year and is in a huge period of transition and you will need to plan very carefully around that. Chile, Argentina and Brazil generally are great countries to explore but Brazil is by no means cheap for budget travelers. Don't miss spending time in BA or the Iguazu Falls....
Aug 2, 2013 6:42 AM
2I live in Belize, but a divemaster friend says the diving is better in Honduras, cheaper too.
With more time, you might consider a stay on Glover's Reef (google Glover's Reef).
Have a look at the BelizeBus site for info about buses & water taxis into and out of Belize.
Route through Belize
You could bus down to Chetumal, water taxi to Caye Caulker (it's cheaper than Ambergris Caye), water taxi to Honduras.
Aug 3, 2013 6:25 AM
3Peak rainy season in Costa Rica is October...
Most people take 3 months to see the 7 countries. $30 day would be bottom budget.
Crossing from Panama to Colombia in Dec/Jan is not good, seas are rough and many boats dont make the run.
Get a guidebook and make plan based on your interest.
Bay Islands Honduras is excellent and cheap for diving.
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