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1. Posted by MikeRC1984 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello Wonderful Travellers,

I will be travelling to and through Central America and would really like your help on the cheapest flights / connections.
Factual info would be best.

Starting from March 6th 2015 I have 3.25 months - June 25th latest back in UK

I would like to fly from Bristol or Manchester.
I don't really mind where I start in CA, but my first volunteer project will probably be in Belize.

I thought Flying to Honduras and spending my time travelling up would be a good way of getting a taste.
I will then be travelling back down maybe a few of the Helpx projects ending up in Panama, free all the time really.

Just want to help out with Wildlife / Eco volunteering and learn Spanish.
that's why I thought Honduras as I could get a return and if I loved it up North I wouldn't have to travel all the way back down just half way.
I'm only booking the First project and maybe the second....

I am searching all flights with SkyScanner to individual Airports throughout CA getting stopovers in Amsterdam and Atlanta
Im looking for a One stop flight so 10 hours in Atlanta doesn't give me anything to work with, I may as well stay 3 days.

So it would be great if you could maybe let me know or a friend may have done the flights to the UK a bit?
a friend said Fly to America spend a few days, then on down?
others have said maybe Brazil and another flight over?

Thanks for reading!
Mike C

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 841 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Your best bet would be to take Delta Air Lines nonstop from Manchester to Atlanta, spend two or three days in Atlanta, then fly nonstop to Belize City. Suggest you return from Panama City, Panama, to Manchester on Delta, with connections in ATL and JFK. The fare should be under 640 GBP, which is reasonable. While in Atlanta, you could visit the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest. It's next to the World of Coca-Cola; and within walking distance to CNN Center and the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights (all at Centennial Olympic Park). The new street car connects Centennial Olympic Park with the Martin Luther King Jr. national historic site. Rides on the street car, which began operating last month, are free until the end of March. Atlanta has excellent public transportation, allowing you quick access from Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2015, at 04:44 by berner256 ]

3. Posted by MikeRC1984 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for a quick response! :)
Am hoping to get there in one go, but that's not possible then?
Also I am quite in love with the countryside so may not enjoy the city sites except for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, its a once in a lifetime thing though stopping over, I may love it I guess,
Would be fun to do the Free rides on the street cars and soak up the character of the city.
Thank you!
Keep the ideas for cheap flights coming.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 841 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

If you're flying from Manchester, there's no avoiding a long layover in Atlanta to connect to your flight to Belize City. So you might as well relax for a day or two in Atlanta and adjust to the time change. The airfare also will be a tad less with a stopover. But that will be more than offset by the cost of a hotel/motel room. For now, there is only one street car; and the route is short. But MARTA trains and buses can take you around the city. A day or two in Atlanta is peachy, as you'll discover. Since you plan to fly in early March, I suggest buying your ticket soon, otherwise the fare will be higher. Buying sooner rather than later also could help defray the cost of accommodations, should you decide to stopover in Atlanta. If you decide against it, you can always snooze at the airport before catching your flight to Belize. Hope this helps.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5087 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You could also consider flying to CancĂșn (via, or directly from) London Heathrow (or again Atlanta) for a bit less still than flying to Belize City. It's 4.5 hours by bus from there to to Belizean border, which, depending on where in the country you're going to be volunteering, might be acceptable. (Also, I see that both Thomas Cook and Thomson have charter flights directly from Manchester to CancĂșn, which might offer possibilities, maybe...)

Getting from South America to Belize is surprisingly costly (most international flights to there come from the USA), so I don't think the Brazil option you originally mentioned would be realistic.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2015, at 11:40 by Sander ]

6. Posted by MikeRC1984 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Ahh great info! cheers!
excited soon to be booking!