Saturday, January 25, 2014

47 Días en Centro América

Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
A very rough outline of my trip so far

-Notes and ratings are clearly only based on my own experience & are narrow for places with
short visits
-We are staying in private rooms in hostels which are sometimes much more expensive, most
of the time the same, and sometimes cheaper than dorms, prices listed are for two people

Dec 28-29
Panamá City, Panamá 

Notes: Only one night in Casco Viejo, beautiful, architecture reminded me of Cartagena
Colombia, on the expensive side, hostel approx $35

Dec 29 - Jan 2
Isla Colón, Bocas Del Toro, Panamá 

Notes: Lots of rain, expensive hostel, absolutely gorgeous bike ride along the beaches
(Bluff Beach), tourist town for people in and out of country alike

Jan 3-5
Isla Bastimentos, Panamá 

Notes: Way cooler than Isla Colón, and just a quick taxiboat away. Stayed in Hostel
Bastimentos for $20 per night, awesome place muy tranquilla, less people, quieter, 15
minute hike to Wizard beach, taxiboat to Red Frog beach, rad Afro Caribbean people
 speaking a mix of Spanish and English, less touristy, excellent food and definitely less

Jan 5-8
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Notes: Small surf town perfect for yoga and riding bikes. Excellent and cheap food but
you need for search for it- higher end hotels and restaurants available as well. Hostel
$25. Beautiful bike ride to Punta Uva and Manzanillo, gorgeous beaches, nice vibes. 

Jan 8-10

Notes: Bussed through San Jose to the Pacific side, very different vibes- much more
touristy and expensive. Has a Pizza Hut & Quiznos if you know what I mean. Didn't dig
 the beach much, a bit on the dirty side. Not my favorite place based on my experience.
Hostel $25.

Jan 10-11
Puntarena, Costa Rica

Notes: A place people pass through to get to other places, and therefore I kind of liked it.
Seemed to be a tourist destination only for people of the country. One day & one night.
Warm calm water, excellent sunset, hostel $20. Definitely less expensive than Jacó but
not particularly cheap. 
Ferry to...

Jan 11-13
Montezuma, Costa Rica

Notes: Absolutely adorable town- seems to be mostly composed of long-term travelers,
excellent food (but expensive!) the best little beach I've ever been to with insanely clear
water, great for snorkeling, very relaxing place. Excellent vibes. Yoga available. $20 hostel.

Jan 13-14
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Notes: Cute yes, but very expensive and very touristy- therefore I was not very relaxed.
Excellent beaches for surfing, bonfires, & the sunset. Tons of Argentinian girls traveling
in packs. 

Jan 14-19
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua 

Notes: Expensive day bussing through Costa Rica to Nicaragua but the moment we hit
Nica- BAM, excellent vibes. Absolutely loved San Juan Del Sur. Hostel $18. Lobster tail
dinner $6. Hike to El Cristo Mirador- insanely gorgeous but bring $2 to enter at the top.
 Rented a motorcycle $20 for 4 hours. Love love Love.

Jan 19-23
Ometepe, Nicaragua 
Santa Domingo/Santa Cruz area

Notes: An island with two volcanoes (Volcáns Concepción and Madera) in Lake Nicaragua.
Scary little fishing boat there on rough waters but bigger ferry available- both cheap. Hostel
$14 in Santa Domingo. Hiked Volcán Madera, need a guide but don't pay more than $10
per person and give yourself about 7 or 8 hours. Has fireflies and a lot of heavy wind. Electricity
goes out a couple times a month. Very small, special place. Very cheap if you try.

Jan 23-25 (today!)
Granada, Nicaragua

Notes: Great location for day trips to other places. Hostel $15. Laguna de Apoyo is absolutely
gorgeous for (topless) kayaking, very chill, just outside of town. Hostel can set you up to go,
or bus & walk. Nearby town Masaya is a hub for artisans. 20 minute bus ride out of Granada
for $0.36. We ended up hunting down a couple that creates various bowls and functional art
pieces from wood and got to visit their workshop which leads me to my next post... 

and that's all for now,
Buen viaje!

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