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Ultimate Central America Travel Guide

I spent 6 months traveling around Central America so here are all the tips and tricks I want to share with you! 

The best places you have to add to your Central America Travel Itinerary: 

  • San Blas Islands in Panama

  • The captial of Panama - Panama City 

  • La Fortuna in Costa Rica 

  • Granada in Nicaragua

  • Hike the Acatanengo volcano in Guatemala to see the active Fuego Volcano 

  • Lake Atitlan and Antigua in Guatemala 

  • The Great Blue Hole in Belize 

What to pack for Central America Trip? 

Packing for Central America is way easier than for South America! You need way less arm clothes. In all honesty, you don't need them at all because if you decide to do one of the trips higher up in the mountains, you can always rent a warm set with the travel agency as they are aware that most travelers do not pack warm clothes for a long Central America trip. The must-haves on a trip like this are: waterproof bag, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and mosquito repellant. You definitely don't need hiking boots! I go into detail of all this in my Central America Packing Article! 

Entry requirements for Central America

In most countries you can freely stay as a tourist for up to 90 days. If you wish to stay longer you will need to apply for special permits. Panama allows tourists to stay up to 180 days! So Panama is ideal for digital nomads. 

No special vaccines are required to enter Central American countries, but I personally always advise you to have your hepatitis vaccines in check and also the typhoid one! 

Make sure you have proof (aka a ticket out) that you will leave the country! They might not let you in if you haven't booked a ticket out. A bus ticket out is sufficient, doesn't have to be necessary a flight ticket. When I wasn't sure about my end date I booked a bus ticket out with the flexibility to change dates and it always worked out fine for me. 

Central America Backpacking Route 

I am including Mexico also in this, as Mexico is a natural stop on this route. 

Also, because some of the best plane tickets from the USA and Europe are to Cancun, where you can start your route. Or the other good options is Panama City Airport. And that is where I recommend to start your trip! 

From Panama you make your way to Costa Rica, then to Nicaragua, then through Honduras islands you get to El Salvador from where you go to Guatemala, then Belize, and you finish your trip in Mexico. I go into detail about all the stops in my Central America Travel Itinerary article! 

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Things to know before going to Central America

Here are some of the main things you should know about when traveling to Central America: 

  • In the majority of nations, a 90-day stay is permissible.

  • Entry doesn't mandate specific vaccinations.

  • The prevailing climate across Central America is tropical.

  • While each nation boasts its unique currency, El Salvador operates with the USD.

  • Spanish reigns as the primary language throughout Central America.

  • Ensure you're drinking enough water, but avoid it straight from the tap.

  • It's wise to investigate the safety of your chosen travel destinations beforehand.

  • Keep an eye out for weather updates and any political alerts.

  • Embrace flexibility on your journey!

Full list in detail you can find on my Things to know before traveling to Central America article! 

Central America, with its rich tapestry of cultures, stunning natural beauty, and diverse landscapes, promises a travel experience unlike any other. From ancient Mayan ruins to vibrant cityscapes, and from pristine beaches to lush rainforests, every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered. As you conclude your journey or plan your next adventure in this enchanting region, remember to travel with an open heart and a curious mind. Embrace the unexpected, cherish the memories, and let the spirit of Central America forever leave an imprint on your soul. Safe travels and hasta la próxima!

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