MESO AMERICA

Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costarica

Mar 9-26, 1990


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The highlights of this trip were the Mayan ruins of the Mayan route in Guatemala and Honduras ad the colonial towns of Nicaragua and Honduras.
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Itinerary

  1. Guatemala
  2. Tikal
  3. Belize:
  4. Unantunich
  5. Ambergris
  6. Belize City
  7. Guatemala
  8. Punta Gorda
  9. Livingston
  10. Rio Dulce
  11. Entrerios (border town with Honduras)
  12. Honduras: Teguchigalpa
  13. Celchado
  14. Puerto Cortes (castle)
  15. Ceiba
  16. Santarosa
  17. Nicaragua: Managua
  18. Leon (cathedral, Recollecion, Calvario, Subtiala)
  19. Granada (lake, horse carriages)
  20. Costarica: San Jose
    • Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
    • Tortuguero National Park
    • El Sitio Museo Finca 6:giant stone spheres
    • Cocos Island National Park
    • Pos Volcano National Park
    • La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park
    • Rainmaker Aerial Walkway
    • La Fortuna Waterfall
    • Del Toro Waterfall
    • Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park
    • Corcovado National Park
    • Braulio Carrillo National Park
    • Arenal Volcano National Park
    • Papagayo Peninsula
    • Tamarindo and Dominical beach towns

Notes

Trip difficulty: moderate to difficult
Season: September-April
Length: 20 days
  • El Salvador and Honduras have the highest murder rate per capita in the world
  • Pictures of Guatemala and Belize
  • Puerto Barrios: Hotel del Norte is a fascinating hotel.
  • You can hike from Puerto Barrios to Honduras in less than four hours, but once in Honduras, you have to get a ride from somebody to the town of Puerto Cortes (where immigration is)
  • Rain season in Guatemala is May through October, and it rains 50% of the time.
  • Unfortunately, crime is on the rise in Guatemala (2001). Tikal is as dangerous as any other place in Guatemala. Robberies, shootings and especially rapes of tourists occur frequently in and around Tikal. Police seem to tolerate crime: very few police officers are to be seen among the ruins. You are basically on your own. Tour buses between Belize and Tikal are the least safe of all means of transportation: that's precisely what bandits are after. You're much safer hitchhiking or taking a regular, slow Guatemalan bus.

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