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Central America Travel Guide

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It is sometimes easy to forget about Central America. A narrow strip of land that connects North America with South America, none of Central America's seven countries is an economic or political power. Occasionally you might come across mention of the Panama Canal or something tragic might happen in the region, but for the most part Central America glides by under the radar screen of the world media.

That doesn't mean that its countries are not worth visiting. To the contrary. Central America sees its fair share of tourists, people attracted to its ancient ruins, gorgeous beaches and, yes, the Panama Canal. The tourist infrastructure in the region varies from the well trodden path of eco tourists in Costa Rica to the difficult travel one finds in Honduras. Prices also vary, but on a global scale Central America is still a cheap and relatively easy region to visit.

With some many small countries so close together, your biggest challenge might be deciding how to allocate your time. Do you want to spend it traveling in one country or would you like to see them all? The options are limitless. Here are some resources to help you plan your travels to and through Central America.

Getting there

Unless you are driving south from Mexico or taking a ferry from Columbia you'll want to book a flight to Central America. Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica are two of the cheaper places to fly into, and Panama City can be affordable as well.

Where to stay

The good news here is sleeping in this part of the world tends to be relatively cheap. There are of course many hotels in Central America, and prices can range from surprisingly high to amazingly cheap. There are also quite a few hostels in Central America, especially in the larger cities. In some places there are no hostels because hotels are so cheap and there just isn't much demand for dorm rooms to save just a bit of money. You'll also find quite a few of the cheaper hotels listed alongside the hostels, so it's worth checking anyway.

The best way to learn about a place is to talk with people who have already been there. Our Central America message board is chock-full of helpful information. You can also learn a ton by reading member submitted Central America travel stories.

Have a great journey!

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