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LA to Panama overland?

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1. Posted by dannyh91 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

I'm in the midst of planning a trip which might involve central america if i can afford it. I was wondering if it was possible to cheaply travel from LA to mexico city and then from there further down to the other countries of central america, by bus or possibly by train? i have both UK and US passport, will visa's be an issue anywhere?
also where in central america do i need to think about malaria and yellow fever?

Thanks for your help
danny

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

You won't need any visas for Central America. You can easily (that's a relative term) travel as far as the Darian Gap in Panama (south of Panama City).

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Check this link for up-to-date information for Central America:

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/camerica.htm

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

By the way, the link I just posted was for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control Traveler's Health).

Health Information for Travelers to Mexico and Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama.

5. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Tijuana to Mexico City is approx. 45 hours by express 1st Class Bus, you will arrive at the Northern Terminal, then either spend the night (get a good up to date Guidebook such as Footprint's Mexico-Central America) you probably should after 45 hours on a bus..then next day go to TAPO (Southeast) Terminal on the METRO and make your reservations for San Cristobal de Las Casas, a charming colonial and Mayan indingenous city (actually San cristobal is the "gateway" to our Mayan World and great place to meet fellow travelers en route to or returning from C.A.) some 22 hours by Bus S.E. of Mexico City only a few hours by Bus via Comitan, Mexico from the Guatemalan Border post of La Mesilla where one can make the attractive and tranquil highland town of HueHuetenango in one day's ride by second class pullman bus, the next day, less than 2 hours from "Huehue" lies the city of "Xela" or Quetzaltenango, Highland Guatemala's cultural and touristic center, boasting some 25 Spanish Schools and scores of International bars and restaurants, surrounded by charming indingenous villages and market towns...view www.xela.com and to learn more simply message me.....I can get you from Tijuana to Panama and back "virtually" in a heartbeat!!!...

6. Posted by dannyh91 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

wow thanks for the swift answers, espiecially dbloom. thats a lot more then i expected.
cheers