Central America

Jammin thru the Global South

Guatemala, Part 1: Highlands

April 19 – 21, 2010I was looking forward to crossing into Guatemala as this would be my first country in Central America. After spending more time in Mexico, I now had about three weeks to get to Panama. I originally wanted to spend about a week in each of the CA countries, but now it…

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Guatemala, Part 2: Tikal

April 21 – 23, 2010Finished with the mountainous section of Guatemala and now riding the hot tropical plains with high humidity heading north to Tikal.A super long straight section, about 60 kms, running up the west side of the country. The ferry at Sayaxche across Rio de la Passion.Sharing the ride with a semi-truck (note…

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Pictures from Honduras and Nicaragua

April 23 – 27, 2010South of Guatemala are the countries El Salvador and Honduras. Due to time constraints, I decided to skip El Salvador to avoid the El Amatillo border crossing between the southern end of El Salvador and Honduras. It’s notorious for its corruption and the officials making you run around in circles for…

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Pictures from Costa Rica

April 27 – May 3, 2010Costa Rica, the rich coast as Columbus thought it contained a lot of gold when he landed here, has actually been made rich by bananas and its well developed ecotourism industry. It’s also the most developed country in Central America and along with that comes higher prices for everything, similar…

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Panama, Part 1: Boquete and Chitre

May 3 – 6, 2010Panama, the last country in Central America before the big South. Known globally for the successful Panama Canal, it’s also well-known among travelers as the Pan-American highway ends in the jungle province of Darien and there is no road connecting to the South American continent. This presents most travelers with the…

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Panama, Part 2: The Canal and Darien

May 7 – 9, 2010Into Panama City to see the canal and onwards south to the end of the Pan-Am in Central America at Yaviza in the Darien.After a nice two days in Chitré, I continued on south to Panama City.Crossing the Bridge of the Americas (Puente de las Américas) as it goes over the…

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