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  1. Jonny

    Central America tour

    Some travel photos from those countries: Panama City - New City is full of offices and skyscrapers. Old City is really old actually and I loved it. Full of poky bars, cafes and churches. Had a few local beers - Atlas was the best I think. Panama New City - Penis fountain... Panama Old City - Think we might have to find some Green and White Panama Hats... I remember the buses were a bit nuts - Bars to be raided by the GAWA: Panama Canal - Very touristic and you can see it at Miraflores if you pay entry. I do advise paying entry - you could see it for free too but there is no viewing platform then and the place you pay into is the famous part where you are almost guaranteed to see a ship - think we stayed for 1-2 hours and saw about 5 ships. The Miraflores Locks was the part I went to - COSTA RICA San Jose - Lots of sights and as said I can help organise a GAWA Walking tour of the city through my friend and travel writer there. http://dontstopliving.net/walking-tour-san-jose-costa-rica-top-10-sights/ There's a John Lennon bench and an Anne Frank statue, I also visited the stadium where the match will be played. Good bars in the city - will dig out the name of this football bar I went to - very welcoming - Wildlife and villages:
  2. Jonny

    Central America tour

    Yes Ealing Green, I myself flew into Panama from Bogota and it was cheap. There is even an airline - I think it is COPA that give you 24 hours in Panama with a connection on to Mexico City after that. And overlanding from Panama to Colombia is a no go if you are not used to spending weeks in the jungle of the Darian Gap - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darién_Gap
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    Central America tour

    I agree with the Laird - keep the money within Northern Ireland. I tend to travel alone and not use foreign tour companies unless I am working with them - however in Costa Rica - San Jose my friend Michael Miller can give you an EXCELLENT 3-4 hour city tour for a good price. I can even organise him to give the GAWA a city tour of San Jose if you like? He's a travel writer and published author from San Jose. If anyone is keen on this let me know and I'll put him in touch with prices, timings and group sizes etc. The tour will of course be in English, not Spanish!! I'm still not 100% sure I'm going on this trip, but we all know these things only happen once in a lifetime...
  4. Jonny

    Central America tour

    Costa Rica, as you say "make a big push on tourism". For me that's money orientated only and gives me even more reason to favour the others ahead of it. Countries that don't make a push for tourism are normally the better ones to visit, more raw and real and not just after tourist dollars. I much preferred the rawness of El Salvador and Honduras but we don't play them two. In terms of safety, mostly media hype. I spent two nights in what is often dubbed "the most dangerous city in the world" and it was nicer than Costa Rica's San Jose! Closer to the time, I guess we will discuss the countries more, though the wildlife in Costa Rica was good. You can see snakes, iguanas and toucans there.
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    Central America tour

    No. But I did that in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua and the coastline was amazing. By the time I had backpacked down to Costa Rica, I was pretty bored of Central America. The best thing about Costa Rica for me was staying in the Hemingway Hotel, visiting a church made of metal and seeing a Toucan. If you have 2-3 weeks, I'd only spend 5-6 days in Costa Rica. Honduras and El Salvador in particular are a lot nicer in my opnion.
  6. Jonny

    Central America tour

    This is the most interesting away tour in my opinion since the Caribbean one (where we were unbeaten and Healy broke Clarkeys record and I regret missing it). It will be tough to stay unbeaten in this one and tough for me to regret missing it again. I backpacked both countries a few years ago and loved them both. Panama City's mix of Old Town (with its Cuban rum style bars and pokey cafes) v. the Mega modern New City was extreme and I also visited the canal (at Miraflores Locks so might do a different part of canal if I go back). Costa Rica wasn't quite as nice a country but still found San Jose a great city and I'm sure the GAWA will bring both to life. Internal buses and hostels were very cheap when I was there. Ticket scandal coming up for sure. What are the chances of us having to buy in the home end again? Flights via Madrid (with a Ryanair to Madrid return) plus unusual connections (for those that have time to spare) should keep costs down on this one.
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