Orosi Valley Costa Rica

Central America Travel Itinerary

Though I’ve been mentioning my trip for months and have given the vague plan of spending 2015 traveling from Costa Rica to Mexico, I realized I’ve never discussed my Central America travel plans in-depth.

This is partially because I’m leaving room to change my mind and partially because I was waiting to hear back from organizations prior to making any official announcements. But, since the trip is less than 2 months away and plans are more or less in place, I decided it was time to share my plans.

I’ll be flying from Pittsburgh to Costa Rica on January 7th and then…

Montana Linda. I’ll be spending the first few weeks of my trip in the Orosi Valley of Costa Rica. Montana Linda is a small Spanish school/hostel set up and I will be taking intensive Spanish classes while staying in their hostel. I’ll be heading here directly after landing to improve (read – learn) my Spanish. Since this is my first time traveling, I didn’t want to completely jump in by myself and I think this is a nice option. Also, it’s gorgeous there and way cheaper than the bigger cities in Costa Rica.

Orosi Valley Costa Rica

Overlooking Orosi Valley, Costa Rica (image source)

Costa Rica. Depending on whether I stay at Montana Linda for two or three weeks, I may have approximately a week and a half to explore the rest of Costa Rica. I’m not positive if this is going to happen or not so I currently have no specific plans – I doubt I will find myself with nothing to do in Costa Rica.

La Esperanza, Nicaragua. After departing from Costa Rica I will be heading to my first volunteer placement. I will be spending February, March, and April volunteering as a kindergarten assistant with this grassroots organization. I’m excited to be working with these guys as their motto is a hand up, not a hand out.

Honduras Child Alliance. When my volunteer placement in Nicaragua is finished I will be heading straight to Honduras for another 3 months of volunteering with children. Like with La Esperanza, I am excited to be working with HCA they work with the community instead of for the community, encouraging education and allowing opportunities for others to help themselves.

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala (image source)

Guatemala. Shortly after leaving Honduras, I’ll end up in Guatemala. I currently have no plans as for what I will be doing or how long I will be there. I just can’t wait to be there – I’m going to take my time exploring cities I’ve only spent a few hours in, hopefully head up to Tikal, and then spend some time with my Guatemalan family. I’m assuming I’ll be here for several months since I won’t want to leave once I arrive.

These are, of course, only the biggest plans for my trip. I intend to hit every country, including El Salvador and Belize, before flying home from Mexico. It’s such a diverse area and I’m going to make an effort to see and do as much as possible, without planning every second and allowing time to travel slowly. You can read about a few of the things I want to do in Central America here and I also wrote an article about CA as a budget destination here.

30 thoughts on “Central America Travel Itinerary

  1. Emily from Let's Roam Wild

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! I’m jealous that you’ll be spending so much time in Spanish-speaking countries. I’m so excited for the countries I’m heading to (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), but am sad that I won’t be able to communicate fluently with locals!

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    1. Sky Post author

      That was one of the reasons I picked CA – I’m not fluent in Spanish but I want to be and I figured it’d be easier to do if I stayed in Spanish-speaking countries. 🙂

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  4. Lauren

    I’d love to hear all about your experiences volunteering there! It’s something that I would really like to try myself so I’d love to learn from your experiences.

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  5. John Widmer

    That’s fantastic that you’ll be taking some time to learn Spanish and volunteering for some great organizations! We spent the earlier part of last year traveling through Central America and really loved it all. Guatemala was a particular highlight. Tikal is spectacular. You’re right about not wanting to leave once you arrive. We initially planned for two weeks an ending up staying over a month. Happy travels to you and enjoy Central America!

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  6. Marie-Carmen

    Really nice itinerary! I’m sure you gonna love those! Costa Rica looks awesome and all of it really… You’re gonna have a blast!
    Enjoy and show us the photos when you are there!

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    1. Sky Post author

      Costa Rica is lovely! Pictures to come on the blog soon but I’ve been putting them on Instagram as I go @skyvsworld 🙂

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  7. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru

    A very inspiring plan. Your volunteering will add depth to a life-changing experience. We can’t know the outcome of twists and turns we choose, but you’ll look back on this time and realize how pivotal it was. Buena Suerte!

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    1. Sky Post author

      “We can’t know the outcomes of twists and turns we choose, but you’ll look back on this time and realize how pivotal it was.” I love that! Thank you!

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    1. Sky Post author

      Cool! The only reason this appears organized is because I have my volunteer placements. I’m in Costa Rica at a Spanish school now but still have no idea what I’m doing for the two weeks between Spanish school and my volunteer placement!

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  8. Elesha

    Heya! I’ve just come across your blog and this post while travelling in Central America myself 🙂 currently in Nicaragua. I’ve been on the road for just over two months with now a little less than 2 to go – I’m really enjoying bouncing around CA (and tackling Spanish!)….I look forward to seeing more of your updates and thoughts on travelling in CA 🙂 Nice blog btw!

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  11. Kristin McNeil

    Hi Sky! I’m really excited to follow along with you on your trip through Central America! I’m planning to take my 13 yr old son there this fall and winter for a backpacking trip from Guatemala to Panama City. We are going to try “world school” for the first time. Anyways, I read that at many borders you have to show a return ticket. If you are buying a 1-way to Costa Rica, how will you show you are moving on at the border? Will you fly out of Cancun?

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    1. Sky Post author

      Hi Kristin! That’s so exciting! In my experience, the only time I was asked about onward travel was leaving the US to Costa Rica. Luckily, I had an email from a place in Nicaragua saying I would be there in a month so they let me through. It appears that the US cares about such things far more than any other countries. Most countries will also accept bus tickets, etc as onward travel. There are exceptions, though – Panama makes you buy a bus ticket back to San Jose if you do not have onward travel.

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