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Travel by bus from Panama to USA?

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1. Posted by andyboliv (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I am scheduled to be working in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from August to November. I was thinking of attempting to return to the U.S. overland through the following route: travel by bus to Quito, fly to Panama City, and take buses from Panama City all the way back to the U.S.

I had several questions about this proposition. First of all, and most importantly, is this trip safe for a white US male traveling alone (in terms of crime/health issues/bus safety)? I speak pretty good Spanish and hopefully will be very comfortable with it after 3 months in Bolivia. Is this trip (through Central America) feasible and economical? I had anticipated giving myself about a month to do the trip, leaving Quito on November 22 or so and getting to Texas just before Christmas. (Quito was the city closest to Bolivia that seems to have a direct flight to Panama--does anyone know of a place closer to Bolivia that offers such a flight?)

Finally, I was wondering where it is best to cross the U.S.-Mexican border, and in what way--I am thinking of crossing by bus from Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas.

Any insight or comments are very much appreciated. Thank you very much!

- Andy

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy,

with COPA air (panama) you cuold fly from Lima to Panama City
one way for US $ 749.70 incl.taxes

with Taca from La Paz to Panama City incl.taxes US $ 564.36
from Lima $ 664.02

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2008, at 9:33 AM by marlis ]

3. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

look up ticabus. They cover central am. there should be times and prices on the site...

4. Posted by gogo400 (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well Costa Rica is right next to Panama... Flights from San Jose (SJO) to the US are pretty cheap (~$400) especially that time of year.

The cheapest airlines are TACA and LACSA but even Continental is not far behind, the thing about TACA/LACSA is you will connect in Guatemala or El Salvador whereas Continental will go straight from San Jose and connect in Houston.