Lonely Planet Central America (Shoestring Travel Guide)
Carolyn McCarthy, Greg Benchwick, Joshua Samuel Brown, Alex Egerton, Kevin Raub
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Lonely Planet knows Central America. Whether you want to explore ancient Maya ruins, zip through rainforest canopies or search out the best surf breaks, this 7th edition is your key to adventure.
Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.
In This Guide:
Full color highlights chapter with top picks from other travelers
Detailed itineraries to get you started on your trip to Central America
Unique Green Index makes ecofriendly travel that much easier
Central America. However, some items can be hard to find or expensive to the point of offense. An alarm clock for early buses (and many do leave early). Books for leisure time or waiting for transport. However, book exchanges in big cities and traveler hangouts have new and used books in English. Camping gear if you plan to camp; bring it all (except fuel for the stove) as equipment is overpriced and not always available. Condoms and birth-control pills are available in larger towns, but it’s
tournaments to a tricked-out treasure hunt that takes visitors mucking through rivers and labyrinths, competing for a coveted bottle of cheap wine. You don’t need to lug food up here — the shelves of the open-air kitchen are stocked with the basics (pasta, eggs, sauces and vegetables) to cook, though you can also order meals if you prefer. Activities are plentiful and well-priced. Guests can visit a local coffee producer who produces organic farming or peruse the trails (those of Finca La Suiza
Air taxes in Central American countries vary. Costa Rica and Panama have the smallest taxes (5%), while Guatemala and El Salvador have a 20% tax jacking up airfares. These taxes are generally included in fares quoted by travel agents (but not when booking online), both abroad and in Central America. Departure taxes are covered in the Transportation sections of individual country chapters. * * * For student discounts, STA Travel ( 0871-230 0040; www.statravel.co.uk) has offices throughout
but the rooms are sparkling clean and homey and have little balconies with hammocks out front. BETWEEN THE DOCKS Zoola (5847-4857; http://zoolapeople.com; dm Q30, s/d Q60/100, without bathroom Q40/70) ‘Laid-back’ is the operable phrase at this Israeli-run establishment, a place to crash after a Middle Eastern feast at the adjoining restaurant. Reached down a long, jungly boardwalk opposite the Museo Tz’unun Ya,’ it features eight brightly colored rooms around a peaceful garden. There’s a
mid-September, too. Sleeping All of the places listed here are in Zona 1. Miguel de Cervantes Guesthouse (Map; 7765-5554; www.learn2speakspanish.com; 12 Av 8-31, Zona 1; r per person incl breakfast Q48; ) The nine guest rooms at the MdC Spanish school are spiffy wood-and-concrete affairs, set around one of the cutest courtyards in Xela. When there’s water pressure, the showers in the shared bathrooms rock. Even if you’re not taking classes, you can join in the student activities. Guest