My partner and I are planning a trip starting in May 2012. We need advice for the Americas part of our trip
This is what we have vaguely planned so far
Fly from Istanbul (Turkey) to New York
3-4 days in New York
Then either fly or take the train from NY to LA. Has anyone done this (train)? How is it?
We will spend a week in California (visiting a friend)then
Fly to Costa Rica? or Panama? We would like to travel for 4-6 weeks in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala. Any advise on places or things to do. We like hiking, nature, surfing, cool little towns, a little bit of night life (maybe once a week).
We aren't too sure what we should budget daily for each country?
I would fly across America. It's a LONG way by train, and not that cheap.
I liked Panama but not a lot there. Nicaragua and Honduras are not overly safe. When people go to Belize it is generally to an island off of the coast. While I had no trouble there I did not wholly feel safe in Belize City and was glad to leave it.
Guatemala, even the main city is quite third world but I thought it OK and roads were very poor and the buses struggled with them, taking a long time getting from A to B.
Do visit Tikal which is a large archaeological site. Maps are pretty useless and contradictory, and the guides have removed sign posts so you will use them instead, but it is easy to wander around alone. I quite liked Flores which is nearby and a nice little town by a lake.
If you go hiking make sure you have plenty of water with you as you can be a long way from anywhere.
America is expensive. The rest are quite cheap. One of your biggest costs will be long distance travelling.
Takes 2-3 days typically NY-LA (my sister did it last year) and cost MORE than flying.