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Old 07-02-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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Guatamala specifically seems like it has many beautiful areas. Several people on this board have spoken glowingly about it.
Depends on what you are looking for. Guatemala has the highest mountains with much higher altitude communities. Combine that with the large Mayan population and it's a fascinating world that you'd have to go to Peru and Bolivia to replicate. But you may be surprised how cold it can get.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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I just recently got back from Guatemala and Honduras and aside from a few areas (such as Antigua, Rio Dulce, Copan, Roatan, Panajachel, etc and even then it is not nearly to the same level as say Cancun) there are very few tourists so that is another definate possibility. Also Guatemala like the other Central American countries has a wide variety of climates as well from the tropical region in the lowlands to the spring-like climate in the highlands.

Anyways best of luck.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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Default Panama and Nicaragua

We just came back from Nicaragua. I wouldn't hang out in Managua, but I wouldn't hang out in some American cities either. We drove from Managua to San Juan del Sur and never encountered any sort of problem. We found the Nicaraguan people, on the whole, friendly and helpful. And we were traveling with our two young teenagers and spoke no spanish. That isn't to say you don't have to be careful, don't flash a lot of cash or wear a lot of jewelry, etc. We rented a house and never even locked the doors, even at night. I look at it like I look at traveling in any country where there is poverty, there are always going to be people who are going to try to take advantage of situations and you just have to be smart about it. Managua is not much of a walking city anyway, if you are looking to hang out in a city Granada might be better. If you want a beach area with surfing, San Juan del Sur. Don't be afraid of Nicaragua. Just do your research about which areas to go to and pay attention to what the locals tell you about safety when you are there.

Panama is a little bit more urbanized, more American expats and tourists, more English spoken. Boquete is a nice place to hang out, it's got some nice restaurants and an expat community. The old town of Panama City is very interesting too, like the Alfama district of Lisbon.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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You can go to any of these places in the region...and be fine- but you have to understand that these are poor nations how have great people..but in poor nations you also have the desperate an predatory...People who HATE anyone from a place they consider rich nations...To them a hundred dollars is considered big money and worth killing for...as I mentioned the story about my sister..She had a wonderful time and adventure..but she over stayed he welcome and it was just a matter of time before she was either killed or maimed.

I don't know much about these places but from what I see- Most Americans and Canadians don't understand the raging under lying resentment the poor have for those of privilege. During the time my sister was their and once in a while she would do business- She would have to hire armed guards..That is not way to live.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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I'd go with panama.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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My husband and I love Nicaragua. We visited there last year and plan on moving there by the end of this year. Like it was mentioned by someone earlier, if you use common sense you should be fine.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:59 PM
 
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I like to say Colombia has everything. Whether you want tall mountains, party cities, beautiful women (this from a guy's perspective lol), colonial history, beaches, untamed jungle, some ancient ruins (though none of the high profile ones like found in peru, chile [easter island], or even Ecuador).

Take for example Brazil: beautiful beaches, party cities, beautiful women (in the south), colonial history in the north, untamed jungle but lacking ruins and definitely the mountains. It's also MASSIVE.

Take for example Peru: unparalleled ruins, some untame jungles, imposing mountains. But party cities? Eh.... Beautiful women? Not to be mean or anything but lol. Beaches? Far too cold to swim comfortably.

Argentina? Some ok beaches in the north during the summer. Nothing spectacular. I dunno about ruins though BA is a beautiful city, it's really a city for living and sophisticated nightlife not the kind of raunchy fun you expect to get in latin america. Ruins? Eh. Jungle? They have some semi-tropical jungle but don't expect it to hold a candle to the amazon or even the jungle found throughout southern mexico/central america.

I could go on, you get the point.

But you're right, there is something about driving from the atlantic to the pacific and passing through some jungle on the way. All in a day trip Which makes central america special
You mentioned a great deal of things about Colombia, such as, the fact that according to you, it is better than Panama, but you didnt say anything about the war, The FARC, drugs, drugs' lords, prostitution, hitmen, kidnapping, thefts, ATM's frauds, killings, how hitmen go to your house and kill everyone in it, how you are walking down the street and there comes a byke and simply opens fire against everybody and kill you and you dont even know why, how you cannot party at night because you dont know if you will get to see the next day. Hmmm what a nice place to go.

Colombia is such a nice place to live that most Colombians are moving out of this paradise, unfortunatelly, a lot of them are moving illegaly into Panama to work here and support and help their families back in Colombia because there, people cant get a decent job, or get paid to live well. But hey this guy says that Colombia is better, hmmmm I should say that to the one million illegal Colombians living in Panama to see if they go back home.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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You mentioned a great deal of things about Colombia, such as, the fact that according to you, it is better than Panama, but you didnt say anything about the war, The FARC, drugs, drugs' lords, prostitution, hitmen, kidnapping, thefts, ATM's frauds, killings, how hitmen go to your house and kill everyone in it, how you are walking down the street and there comes a byke and simply opens fire against everybody and kill you and you dont even know why, how you cannot party at night because you dont know if you will get to see the next day. Hmmm what a nice place to go.

Colombia is such a nice place to live that most Colombians are moving out of this paradise, unfortunatelly, a lot of them are moving illegaly into Panama to work here and support and help their families back in Colombia because there, people cant get a decent job, or get paid to live well. But hey this guy says that Colombia is better, hmmmm I should say that to the one million illegal Colombians living in Panama to see if they go back home.
Wow, lots of misinformation in your post. There is prostitution in Colombia? Geez, the oldest profession is alive and well the world over. Colombia is much safer than it was 15 or 20 years ago. I have been a few times in the last 4 years. No, it is not Disneyland or even San Diego but with proper precaution you can be just fine there. Stay in the safe areas of the big cities and you will be fine.

Most Colombians moving to Panama? No, not even close. Yes, there are quite a few that go there for the economic opportunity presented by the canal zone. After years of violence and economic hardship, Colombia has turned a corner with a much safer environment and this is attracting greater investment. It is not nearly as bad as you claim....but please keep the scare tactics up b/c I'd rather keep it to myself.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:20 PM
 
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:18 PM
 
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I've been to Honduras (not on your list) and El Salvador. Both countries are very poor and lots of violence, however most violence is gang related and in the capital cities of those two countries. I personally love both those countries, but I don't think they would be good tourist destinations for the average person. Both countries have some good tourist destinations in the mountains or near the ocean. El Salvador doesn't have many good beaches, but it has a pretty coastline, on the other hand Honduras has some good beaches. Panama is the best suited for the average tourist, and I'd say Guatamala has a lot of things going for it, but still quite a bit of crime and a lot of poverty. If's it's your first foray to Central America I'd stick to Panama or Costa Rica, probably Panama.

A big plus I never read about El Salvador is that their official currency is the USD, so it's easy to buy things and know exactly the value of things. Also, the people are very friendly. But again, as a tourist destination, probably not, too much crime, poverty, and in general choas, driving the roads are terrifying, even compared to Honduras or say Mexico.
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