Next spring I will need to get from Costa Rica to Cancun to meet up with an diving expdetion. This is my first time to Central Amercia and am a 28 years young female on a budget. A one way flight would cost $400-500. Any cheap and safe ways to get to Mexico. Buses, trains? Any info on estimated cost? I am concerned if this is safe for a female to do on her own.
Any other advice on safety or experience traversing this region would be helpful. Also any towns not to miss en route. I am thinking there would be a lot to see and may be able to take up to 2-4 weeks to make the joureny. If anybody had any suggested stops along way or even itinerary ideas for the trip. Thanks!
You can easily do it by jumping on bus after bus and crossing each border. If youre in hurry, this will be a pain bc central america is far from a model of efficiency. Youll get tired of the chicken buses no doubt--not to mention the administrative hell of crossing each border. I think there is a bus that runs btwn the major cities in cental america and they do all the paperwork for you at the borders, but i cant remember any specifics.
You can also get cheap flights when youre down there--just go the airports and see what you can get.
Oh, there are no trains.
To be honest, most people make a 6 or two month trip of what you want to just fly btwn. If youve got the time, it will be very fun--and cheap.
If you want to shorten your trip, airfare from C.A. to Guatemala is often very cheap (sometimes as little as $30-40) From there you can catch more buses. As to your question, safe way? Sorry. There is no such thing. Best of luck.
abbreviation for Costa Rica.
I am a man but I met lots of girl travellers,some on their own on my travels through CA this year Jan/Feb.
The bus company to travel CA for scheduled stops is www.ticabus.com which is very very reliable and safe so i have been told but I used the ordinary "longhaul" bus(not chicken bus) which give me much more flexibility on "my" stops and was a lot lot cheaper and just as quick and an experience of a lifetime to actually do it!!!
The Mex and Belize bus lines are similar and Lonely Planet Central America gives you all the info you need.
Travelling CA is a breeze as most of the time nobody even wants to see your passport at border crossing which to me a Border crossing is a Milestone on Ones travels to walk across,"savour",remember!!,have a tear!!!,say goodbye, and then Look forward to what the Next Country is going to offer!!
All I can say is Wishing you all the very best on "Your Travels" whatever way you go and hopefully you will meet someone along the way.
-snip- Try www.taca.com TACA Airlines to buy a Central American Maya Pass South to North from Costa Rica to Cancun with stopovers enroute only may be purchased outside the USA. airfares WITHIN Central America are expensive, cheaper now than before but OW tfrom CR to Cancun about $199 plus tax. Other than that the TICA BUS www.ticabus.com will take you to San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2 days where you can then cross to Puerto barrios, Guatemala for ferry to Punta Gorda, Belize Bus through Belize City to Chetumal, Mexico 2 days then Chetumal onto Cancun about 8 hours or so in Mexican Bus, with food and hotels the plane would be cheaper. One does not have to take "chicken buses" on International Trips anymore in C.A. and do not recommend long chicken bus travel with luggages anyway unless you are masochistic. I live and work in C.A. years e mail me -snip, use message center- if you require more practical common sense info.
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Don't know how much sightseeing you want to do on the way, but Guatamala was my favorite place in all of Central America. It would certainly make an overland journey very worthwhile. Its also the most colorful country I've ever visited.
Thanks to all for input. My plans have changed slightly. Looks like I'll be going from Costa Rica to Honduras now instead of Mexico. I will have more like 4-5 weeks to explore, Nicaruga, El Slavador and Guatamala. So I'm not sure how to split up my time between these countries just yet. Any fav Towns? Tours? Hikes? Dives/Snorkeling? Beaches? Would be appreciated.
I'll have time for Belize after Honduras.