Central America Travel Guides – Backpacking Tips & Advice

7 countries make up the region of Central America, and each one is bringing something a little different to the mix.

The colourful diversity in the terrain and landscapes here is mirrored in the bright colours and the happiness of the people that call this place home.

It’s much less travelled than regions like South East Asia or neighbouring South America, and by enlarge much less developed.

This is a land of volcanoes, tropical beaches, smiles, cheap fruit and fascinating history. It’s a land of chicken busses, UNESCO world heritage sites, surfing, hiking and cheap travel.

It’s one of the most geologically active, historically rich areas in the world.

Some Stuff You Should Read About Central America

Hiking An Active Volcano In Nicaragua (plus a complete guide to Ometepe Island)

When we hiked the dormant Acatenango Volcano in neighbouring Guatemala, it was one of our highlights of our entire time in Central America. Now it was time to step things up a notch…

OK San Juan Del Sur, You Win

stormy sunsets from the kitchen in buena onda san juan del sur

Think San Juan Del Sur is all beach and party? Think again. This beautiful little coastal surf town has completely won me over. Here’s why…

The 5 Independent Websites and Resources You Need To Make Your Central America Trip Easy

belize bus blog timetables

These 5 websites will make your time in Central America a breeze. Get all the insider info you need on bus times and prices, accommodation and what to do.

Why Leon Gets My Vote For The Most Livable Place In Central America

Rush hour in Leon

Ahhh…Leon. Little, perfect, Leon. Land of the volcanoes, land of the liberals! This insanely cheap, perfectly located city is an easy hop away from great hikes, an awesome surf beach and is jam packed with interesting and exciting stuff to do and explore. Here’s my pick of the best things to do in Leon.

How To Travel From Placencia, Belize To Utila, Honduras Without Going Crazy

Making our first ever border crossing by boat, from Belize to Honduras

Here’s my step by step, easy to follow guide on how to travel from Placencia in Belize to Utila Honduras. This 2 day journey involves busses, boats and a several boarder crossings, and was the first time I’ve entered a new country by water.

Why you shouldn’t skip Belize just because everyone tells you it’s too expensive

todays specials in lobster season

I’m calling BS on every time anyone has ever said that Belize is too expensive. Here’s my guide to travelling Belize on a budget.

Surviving Central America In The Rainy Season

you gotta love rainy season in central america

Central America in rainy season isn’t all doom and gloom. There are some great advantages to it too. Things are quieter, greener and cheaper. You just need to know how to deal with it. Here are my tips for travelling Central America in the rainy season.

8 Things You Should Probably Know About Guatemala Before You Come Here

going back to school learning spanish in xela guatemala

From electrocuting showers, to a surprising lack of great coffee. Guatemala is a country full of the unexpected. Here’s what you need to know before you travel Guatemala.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – How To Spend A Week (or longer)

view of lake atitlan at sunrise

Lake Atitlan is the sort of place you plan to spend a couple of days in on your Central America trip. Then you wake up 2 weeks later, and you’re still there. With so many awesome things to do in Lake Atitlan, this is my complete guide to the lake including where to stay, how to get there and what to do.