Here’s a map (thanks to Google) that shows our two month journey pretty accurately through Central America. The Blue line follows the buses overland traveling up from Panama to Belize, the orange line is the flight back from Belize to Panama at the end.
There is no way I can condense all the feelings, all the surprises, all the vistas in this adventure. I rode in colectivo buses, called chicken buses, truck beds, motorcycles, tuctucs, taxis, and eight different long distance buses (but never Tica Bus). Colectivos are almost like taking the school bus in Windom, MN, except friendlier and more interesting luggage. I lived in a tree house (see the banner). Hurricane Earl passed overhead in Belize. There were beaches and volcanoes, churches and Maya ruins, Central Markets and festivals. I ate pelibuey, rabbit, ceviche, tripe, ants, and drank lots of local coffee. Technically, these photos were taken with an iPhone 5 and a few with an iPad 3.
Merced Church in Casco Viejo, Panama. Originally in Panama Viejo
San Jose Streets
Managua remembers Hugo Chavez
Tegucigalpa, home by sunset.
In La Tigra Park, “We are always just halfway there. Enjoy yourself.”
Catholic Church in San Salvador, made of cement and recycled materials.
Vertical Panorama inside, money left over provided food for orphans
El Salvador Volcano – El Boqueron
Tricky currents at El Tunco beach, El Salvador
Mangoes all in a row on path from Juayua, El Salvador
Antigua city, Guatemala: Pre Columbian art next to modern Swedish glass art
Flores, Guatemala: Lake Petén Itzá
Panama Viejo: ruins of original city. La Merced church was here.
The mapping applications get better and better. I took a 6 km hike from Juayua to Nahuizalco through back paths between coffee plantations. I tried to follow electric lines but relied on a couple of Map applications. Besides Google maps, I use Ulmon CityMaps2Go and Maps.Me
The actual path
Here are some places I stayed. They might not be for everyone, but provided me with many nice perspectives. The link connects to the page in Trip Advisor:
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: La Ronda Hostel
San Salvador, El Salvador: EC Tours and Ali’s Guest House
Juayua, El Salvador: Casa Mazeta
Santa Ana, El Salvador: Hostal Casa Verde
Las Flores, Guatemala: La Casa el Lacandon
San Benito, Guatemala: Buenas Cosas (Off the tripadvisor path)
Belmopan, Belize: Hacienda Tropical
(note: Wife and I started this trip together. In Managua, she had to take a slight detour through Malaysia to assist her family. Much of this trip was already booked, so I continued on, providing her a vicarious experience. We are meeting up on the next leg of the journey.)