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Last summer my friends and I backpacked through Belize and Guatemala, flew to Costa Rica and went on to Panama, and then back to different spots in Guatemala.  This is part one of my Central America pictures.  I'm putting all of the Guatemala pictures here, since timing doesn't really matter anyway.


We weren't there for long, and did just small village/jungle hiking stuff.  Everyone (including belizeans) told us Belize City was not only horrible, but also VERY dangerous.  

On the way to Lamanai, a Mayan site accessible by boat only.  You get to see lots of animals on the way, including birds, alligators and howler monkeys.

Not as impressive as Chichen Itza or Tikal, but pretty cool nonetheless.

There are jungle hiking/cave tubing tours on Caves Branch River... pretty cool experience!

Marañones, aka the fruit you get cashews from, at the local market.  They're tasty too!

Chile xcatic.  I'd never seen them in so many colors before!


We did a sunrise tour of Tikal, and it was awesome.  The one thing that would have made it better would have been it not raining on and off since 3am till noon, when it was time to go back to our hostel.  A word to the wise: never go to Central America during rainy season.  It gets really really rainy.

You see all sorts of cool wild animals, like monkeys, parrots, toucans... and tarantulas, which were the only ones I was able to get a good picture of.  I need more zoom on my camera!

My favorite Tikal picture.

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a lovely city, former capital of the country.  It was devastated by earthquakes centuries ago, and then abandoned.  Now it's become a major tourist spot, because of all the old buildings and amazing views around.  While it's great to walk around and sightsee, the truth is it does feel a little bit like Disneyland.

There are people (and kids, especially) selling handcrafts and ready to bargain like pros.  They're usually hiding from the police, because they're not supposed to be selling stuff on the main square.


The largest handcraft market in Central America.  A great place to buy souvenirs, if you don't mind crowds and/or being pushed at all times.  You need to be ready to haggle your head off too. 

Oh yes.  We made puns for every country we visited.  That's just what a gazillion hours in a refurbished school bus will do to your brain.

Costa Rica and Panama to follow!

Date: 2009-02-02 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justlikeyou.livejournal.com
Oooh, sounds cool.

I'm watching Prison Break right now and it's taking place in Florida Panama.
I would love to visit South America but I'd fear for my life going alone as an American girl :(

Date: 2009-02-02 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Well, I don't know about South America, but in Central America more than fearing for your life you'd be fearing for your wallet. It's just all about common sense: as long as you think things through before you do them, you (and your wallet) will be fine.

Now, the way you say it makes it sound as if you being American makes a difference. It doesn't. I was there with one American and two Canadians, and none of us ever felt we were in danger of being anything other than ripped off. Lots of people of all nationalities backpack through Central America (even girls, alone... we met a bunch). You meet people, you go on with them, you part ways, you meet new people... Plus, if you're hostelling, believe me, you'll consider yourself lucky to be alone for a couple of hours.

Like I said before, I don't know about South America, but for Central America that's all true... If you're really interested in doing something like that you should just look into Lonely Planet guides, ask around travel forums, for your peace of mind, and do it. It's super cheap and an amazing experience, and I'm sure you won't regret it :D

Date: 2009-02-02 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] partly-bouncy.livejournal.com
Panama City on your own as an American female is pretty safe. Some other places in the area are also pretty safe. You just need to remember to try to take taxis where ever you go for the most part. And then really read reviews about where you can and cannot go that is safe. I don't know much about the rest of Central and South America but that's the case for Panama City and some of the areas around here. (Is a single American girl on vacation in Panama for 11 days because I was sick of the cold in Chicago.)

cool pics!

Date: 2009-02-03 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triad47.livejournal.com
That's awesome. Where did you stay while you were backpacking?

I'd *love* to visit Mayan ruins. Have you been to Chichen Itza?

Thanks! :D

Date: 2009-02-03 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karasumaa.livejournal.com
Hostels, most of the time... if you're ever there, I'll gladly recommend both places to stay and places you must definitely stay away from, ha!

I live about an hour and a half away from Chichen Itza :)

It's awesome, but I'll be totally honest: there are much cooler (although smaller) sites all over the state. I'll post pictures of that too, you'll love them :D

Re: Thanks! :D

Date: 2009-02-03 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triad47.livejournal.com
you...*live* that close to Chichen Itza?!

*falls out of chair, which is hard, since I'm sitting on a couch* :D

Yah I'd love to see more pictures! I could wander around ancient ruins all day long!

Date: 2009-02-08 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ros360.livejournal.com
Have never been to Central & South America. Judging by your pictures, it seems very unique and worth visiting some day.

Date: 2009-05-13 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freshwateronly.livejournal.com
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