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How's that Mexico to Costa Rica

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1. Posted by alexstream (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


Background : paperwork all day. ex camp consellor. did a lot of extreme activity and lots of outdoors activity in the past and I'm longing for it. I'm totally in lack of adventure.
I spent 2 weeks in Nica last year and totally fell in love. Have been mostly to backpacker's places. I did the Corn Island for 5 days (part of which, by land), Granada for 3 days and San Juan del Sur for 4 days. I had the time of my life. although it was on the plan, I had to skip the forest/ Volcanos b/c of lack of time. I do love the beaches (however, it is reasonable to think that in 4 weeks, I might need something else than just beaches)

I'm now looking for the next big thing.
I was looking at Thailand for 4 weeks, but the ticket alone (cheapest up to now is 1500) might cost more than a whole month in C-A (cheapest ticket multy-city up to now is 550)

I don't have a budget, but I'm cost conscious. If I was to put a $ on it, I wouldn't really be willing to spend more than 2000$.

So, the underlying question is : should I go to Thailand instead? lol

The question for the purpose of this Central America forum is :

How would a trip from Cancun to San Jose be? What's the "fun level", the "Adventure level" in it. How do you see it?

I wouldn't mind the collectivos, the backpackers inns or the thatch huts. I can also eat on the street, although my experience in Corn Island was that for 2$ more I could have lobster instead. :P


2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 977 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I have made the trip from Cancun to San Jose. It's a well travelled route, and can easily be done in a month. Your path will take you through a lot of interesting places. There are lots of chances to go into the jungle, lots of places to enjoy time on a beach, and lots of places to enjoy small town life. I figure you can go ( in cities) Crapcun-BZE-Flores-Gua(for ten minutes)-Antigua-Copan-La Ceiba-Utila (or Roatan)-Teguz-Leon-Managua(for ten minutes)-Granada-Ometepe-San Isidro-San Juan Del Sur-Concepcion-San Jose. That's a thumb nail sketch of a popular route. It cut out El Salvador, which has it's own beauty, so maybe you want to cut that in instead. Ask DBloom about the country. He's the resident expert.

I have been going down there for ten years. I love CA and miss it when I'm gone. It is entirely worth it and it's cheap like the borsht to a careful person. Don't change your mind. You'll love to see the rest of the place.


3. Posted by mbaldisis (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Did you make it? I want to have the same route, but have only 22 days :)

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 977 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

22 days is hectic, mbaldisis...In my opinion you scrimp on too many places, and I would suggest you DON'T go to the Bay Islands ( I say this with sadness) Cut El Salvador in instead... See La Libertad and Suchitoto. Have your tropical beach experience in San Juan Del Sur instead. Again...Entice DBloom to give you the solid lowdown on El Salvador, which is a lovely place....except, in my considered opinion, for San Salvador.


5. Posted by mbaldisis (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, Piecar! I think we'll skip Mexico and Belize and fly directly to Guatemala City.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 977 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

A much much better plan. You'll be thankful for it.