Backpacking through Central America

Backpacking through Central America

I always wanted to backpack through Central America and visit historical spots. Has anyone done this? If so could you give any advice or tips. Especially on the water. I always have wanted to travel through here and wanted to experience it doing it by foot.


Broad

 

Hm. This is a very broad request. Could you narrow that down a little bit more telling us what you are interested in, what countries to see, how long you want to stay and such things.

If you want to save a lot of money, I recommend getting one of these books on the subject. This guidebook series is ideal for budget travelers:

The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America

The Rough Guide to Central America 2

The Rough Guide to Central America 3

Its IMHO the best way to travel for single guys. Don't try this when you have a family

You can save a lot of money, but you have to be able to think on your feet, act quick and be a little paranoid. Don't give anyone a chance to take advantage of a tourist traveling alone. Join a group doing the same. Ask around who whould like to join you.

Andre 

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You need to watch that term

You need to watch that term 'backpacking'.  In America it means walking or hiking with your pack on your back.  In the rest of the world it means really, really budget travel.  You'll realize this when you look at the guidebooks that were recommended above.  They are 'backpacking' guides in the generic sense.

 I wouldn't recommend hiking through Central America.  There is far too much violent crime.  For instance, there are several walks and hikes in Guatemala that no one takes because they will absolutely be attacked and robbed.  Buses don't run after dark.  And if you walk, you are going to have to camp out, which is definitely a nono.

Depends

I am not an expert on South America, but from what I can gather there are areas that might be safe enough (like Chile and Argentina). In either case, being safely tucked away in a hotel at night is something I even prefer in the States.

Also I heard some stories about truck drivers who make a decent buck from hitchhikers. They basically pick you up and then in the middle of nowhere they ask you for a very large sum of money. If you don't pay up, they will ditch you right there which could mean death on some extremely unfrequented roads. I believe I read this in a Peru guidebook, but I am sure they do this everywhere.

So at the very least you shouldn't be hitchhiking in South America.

Andre

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All that is true; travel on

All that is true; travel on a tight tight budget is safer. You at least have a safe place to stay during the night. When I was in Guatemala, I found a wonderful enclosed hostel that cost about $5 a night, once I converted the quetzales to US dollars. They even provided a safe if you wanted to keep your passport or other things in a very secure place.

Passport?

FourBear wrote:
They even provided a safe if you wanted to keep your passport or other things in a very secure place.

No matter how safe a place might appear, never give them your passport. The owner of the hotel might have all the right intentions keeping your passport safe, but imagine how tempted the employees might be to "loan" you passport to someone who forges documents.

I don't give my passport out of my hands under any circumstances (except for officials to look at it).

TT

You can save a lot of

You can save a lot of money, but you have to be able to think on your
feet, act quick and be a little paranoid. Don't give anyone a chance to
take advantage of a tourist traveling alone. Join a group doing the
same. Ask around who whould like to join you.

in OZ, its interchangeably

in OZ, its interchangeably budget and independent traveling. reasons why hostels and other cheap accommodations have rapidly sprouted. 

In the recent years its having several opportunities for backpackers such as the working holiday and special jobs for backpackers like fruit picking, beach works, hostel/hotel short term employment..