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Best places in Central America on a short trip?

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1. Posted by ian_w (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi, I was about to book my rtw ticket staring in America in July and was told I could get a few extra Internal flights including Central America and Canada for hardly any extra money.

I hadn't planned on doing any of central America this time around so havent really looked into it much. But I seeing as I have the opportunity I thought I would go for a few weeks. With this short time in mind could anyone recommed the best places to go. I was thinking of Belize, maybe Cancun or Mexico city.

Cancun sounds really amazing but is it quiet touristy? So maybe I should go to Mexcio city instead. I want to go to Belize for the diving.

Any advice?

Thanks very much in advance

Ian

2. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Mexico is part of North America, with Canada and the USA, not Central America and questions about Mexico should be addressed to the North American forum. Mexico City is the largest city in the world with a lot to see and do, however air pollution and as in any big city, use common sense. Cancun is an americanized type resort, best to stay nearby at Cozumel on the "Mayan riviera" and take a tour of ruins of Tulum. Belize has scuba, diving, sailing, and worth a short visit. Guatemala and Costa rica are the most popular Central American destinations, for world class diving (PADI) Roatan Island just off the coast of Honduras, Roatan has its own international airport.

3. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Hi ian_w.... Belize is absolutely worth more than just a short visit! ;)

Besides diving, scuba, and snorkelling with nurse sharks (up close and personal - Shark Ray Alley) in the Cayes, the mainland has some very large and interesting Mayan ruins that are well worth going to see. In addition, you can go cave tubing (through some very large cave systems which make you think you are in another world), cave canoeing (Barton Creek), zip lining over the jungle canopy, repelling and horseback riding through the jungle etc. If you are very adventurous, you can hike to one of the sacrificial caves...be prepared to get wet and muddy. San Ignacio is a good central jump off point for all these activities and not very far from Guatemala (day trip) if you want to see Tikal. I can point you to a great guy there for accomodation etc. If you get to San Ignacio, try Cafe Sol for lunch...not fancy but clean and the food is fantastic.

A bonus if you are non Spanish speaking, is that Belize is an English speaking country and English is spoken absolutely everywhere. With the exception of Belize City at night, the country is pretty safe.

Mexico City is a very dangerous place for a tourist travelling alone...especially if you don't speak Spanish. You don't know who you can trust...article about police corruption this past week:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/americas/14525923.htm?source=rss&channel=miamiherald_americas
I don't know what your budget is, but if you want to hire a private car and experienced local tour guide for a day, email me.

With regards to Cancun and Cozumel, don't forget they were recently hit by a hurricane.

Have a safe and happy trip!
Belize Me