I am very interested in your feedback - any advice, any notes on these countries, any websites you think I should look at?
We're following the route laid out below. I look forward SO MUCH to getting there and seeing what Mexico has to offer.
I will be able to work as much as possible while I'm gone, but not enough to get paid - just enough to keep projects from falling apart.
Here is our trip detila so far - please let me know what you think - I depend on your feedback and advice to do a good job planning.
About the trip - outside advice
Basics about the trip:
We do intend to avoid all the large cities.
We have a big rig and will be sticking to the main highways and tourist areas.
The route will be California to Brownsville in Texas. That's about 2400 within the US.
Then Brownsville to Veracruz to Cancun where we will see Chichen Itza and probably spend a day or two.
We then are backing back to Highway 185 and crossing to the Pacific Coast. This is the fastest, largest road. It is the main truck route as it does not cross a moutain range.
Then down the coast on the Highway 1 (the Pan American Highway) the major route.
We cross Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and into Costa Rica.
It will take about a week in Mexico. One day in Guatemala. One day in El Salvador, 3 hours in Honduras, and we will probably get to Costa Rica without having to stop in Nicaragua.
There is about a hour needed to get through each border.
We will not be driving at night and will be in a secured facility each night, a hotel with fencing, guards etc.
We will not take cash. You can use your ATM everywhere for both US dollars and local currency.
There will be four adults on the trip, Shelley's parents are great drivers since they are truck drivers.
The entire trip LA to Costa Rica is 4400 miles.
I am traveling with Shelley who has done trips like this before and has lots of friends who've done trips like this before, plus she knows Central America pretty well.
More info here: www.tripadvisor.com
Shelley also says that:
"Nicaragua is currently one of the safest places in Latin America. They are trying very hard to have a tourism industry and in order to do that they have to be a safe place to visit. They have invested a ton of money into policing, as well as special tourist police. I personally have been to Nicaragua about 9 times with the kids and it is a very safe clean country. With some really nice tourist establishments. However since we'll pass through it in about a day this may not matter too much."