Central America is a ferocious journey and a really rewarding one. We have Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. They are 8 unique and different countries and with the exception of my two trips to Panama (I flew in and out), I did all of this by backpacking overland. I found little reason or need to take flights in this region, the countries are close and easy to connect from one to the next – visas are also pretty easy here for many nationalities. This was interesting for me as when I toured Asia, Africa, Europe and even South America, I found taking flights just as cheap and convenient but Central America is different. My advice for Central America is simple – if you want to visit all 8 countries – do them in one go. I spent 3 months there and backpacked them pretty hardcore (I didn’t have too long in Costa Rica though, since I spent 3 weeks in Mexico and 4 weeks in Guatemala at the start). For heavily tourist spots like Cancun in Mexico, you can use Mexican etransfers to get around.
My tip for the route?
I advise flying into Mexico City and making this stunner your first stop. I loved the city, spent a full week here. It was here that I toured the Cantinas, visited the Tequila and Mezcal Museum, did a Tequila tasting tour, visiting Teoutihuacan and also headed to the famous Estadio Azteca! Then head to Palenque, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas and Chichen Itza. If buses are not for you, you can try City Car Rental to get around. We also did a fair amount of hiking.
Our toute took us as far east as the islands of Belize (Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye) and south to Alajuela and San Jose. On route, I had a great time in El Salvador and Honduras especially.