GENERAL TIPS

November 2, 2017

Our dreamy three day boat trip crossing the border from Panama into Colombia with San Blas Adventures.

October 31, 2017

Exploring San Juan Del Sur and partying at Nicaragua's infamous 'Sunday Funday'!

October 20, 2017

Volcano boarding (1 MAJOR bee sting disaster), 1 beautiful cathedral, and a 2 night escape to a beach hostel.

October 14, 2017

We spent just under a week in Antigua, and it felt great settling in one place for this long. Its European vibes also made us feel at home.

October 7, 2017

Climbing Guatemala's famous volcano: a lot of moaning, even more sweat and tears, and an absolutely unforgettable view of an erupting volcano.

October 4, 2017

Flores is a lovely little town in the northern region on an island on Lake Petén. Semuc Champey is an activity filled couple of days in an amazing hostel!

October 1, 2017

Lake Bacalar is a chiller's haven. We even extended our stay a night to enjoy the tranquility of the lake and the peaceful town where it lies.

September 26, 2017

Tulum is a hotspot holiday destination, with white sandy beaches, big hotels, great food, and loads of character.

September 23, 2017

We kicked the trip off on an island called Holbox - a super chilled, very small Caribbean island with unreal views and a relaxed vibe.

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We spent 6 weeks travelling through Central America, although we could have easily spent more time. The ideal time would be minimum 2 months if you wanted to stop off in every country, however we pretty much did two weeks in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, only stopping for a day in the countries between. Beginning in Mexico was the perfect start to the trip, we spent two weeks relaxing on it's beautiful white sandy beaches, before heading to Guatemala for a more action packed, culture filled couple of weeks. Nicaragua is party central, and has some fab hostels which really made our time there special. Because we are travelling on a budget, we didn't spend time in Costa Rica or Panama, but do dream of going back one day perhaps when we've made our fortunes!

One thing to beware of when planning a budget for Central America is the border crossing fees, something we got unknowingly got stung with. You must beware, as there are never signs saying what the actual fee is, and there are always scammers at the border trying to get rich off of every tourist trying to enter. On leaving Mexico we were charged the equivalent of £20 as an exit fee, but then were also charged the same to enter Belize (even though we were literally passing through and not stopping). One way to avoid this is to ask for a receipt, and they tend to miraculously change their minds.

On another money note, Mexico is a lot more expensive than Guatemala and Nicaragua, so don't feel shocked if you are getting through your cash slightly quicker than intended at the start!

Although we felt safe 99% of the time in Central America, it is important to keep your wits about you and use general precaution especially when out drinking in the evenings. Locals are friendly but these countries have severe poverty areas so theft can be a problem, especially as white 'gringo' travellers.

Getting around is generally done by 'colectivos' which are like shuttle buses, you can always arrange this from hostels. There are also local buses called 'chicken buses' which are much cheaper, however take much longer and can often be over crowded with no seats, but if you are on a real budget they are definitely more cost effective.

We are Christie & Charlotte

Travel advice from girls recently graduated from university in the UK, off to explore the world