Visual Tour of Central America

Mayan Ruins in Tikal, Guatemala

Mayan Ruins in Tikal, Guatemala

Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica – April 2008

Mi amiga Clara and I decided to spend a month traveling around Central America. She was living in Costa Rica with her fiancé and I had time to spare.

So we met up at a book store to plan our trip. We bought two cups of coffee, a map of the region and a Lonely Planet book and sat down to discuss our itinerary.

Here’s what we decide:

  • Meet at the airport in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, on April 1.
  • Spend one night in the capital, then fly to Belize to scuba dive.
  • Make up the rest as we go along.

Which is exactly what we did. My type of travel planning! We ended up busing it around the region for the most part. We started on Ambergris Caye in Belize, and traveled across the border to Guatemala, with a stop in Tikal to see the Mayan ruins. On to Antigua and to visit the small towns around Lake Atitlan and the famous market at Chichicastenango.

On the dive boat, BelizeMayan Ruins in Tikal, GuatemalaAfter some shopping, we headed to Guatemala City, hopped on the bus again, traveling the entire length of El Salvador (which we purposely skipped), cut into a corner of Honduras, to Managua.

We flew to the remote Corn Islands off the eastern side of Nicaragua and back, then headed to the colonial town of Granada, before hiking on Ometempe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

We made it back onto the Pan-American Highway and got dumped on the side of the road in Costa Rica, where we continued to the rainforest to do some zip-lining through the jungle. We then rode horses to the base of the Volcano Arenál and ended our trip at a spa getting volcanic mud messages.  Olé!

Zip Lining above the Costa Rican jungle

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 and is filed under South America.

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