I spent nearly a year traveling Central America from south to north. Over that year I completed every border crossing by land, and spent time in every country in Central America – experiencing my lifetime quota of rice, beans, and volcanoes along the way.
From jumping off cliffs in the remote El Salvador jungle, to sloth and toucan spotting in Costa Rica, to witnessing an exploding volcano in Guatemala, this region left a deep mark on me and how I travel.
Like many socioeconomically underprivileged parts of the world, I believe Central America is misunderstood. And while I won’t discount the very real struggles that locals live through in parts of the region, it is also a place that is very open and welcoming to travelers – especially those who appreciate a hint of adventure.
Paddle boarding in Lake Atitlan was a dream!
“I fell hard for Central America and Mexico. In each country, I had fantasies that I could live there.”
So You’re Considering Traveling in Central America?
Don’t let sensationalist headlines scare you off traveling in Central America. I promise there is something to suit everyone’s travel style here – from luxury villas in Costa Rica to backpacker hostels in Nicaragua to home stays in Honduras.
If you’re up for the challenge, you can travel the local way by “chicken bus” – for a dollar or less, hop in a reconverted old American school bus, swanked out by its new owners. Alternatively, jump on the back of a pickup truck and hold on tight!
Just pack a raincoat, a bikini, and learn a bit of Spanish… you’ll be good to go!