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The Count: Spending a bit more than we’d like

By Thushan Amarasiriwardena | Comments Off January 28th, 2008

Our average rose to $30 a day as we bolted through the rest of Central America during our fourth week on the road. While we were able to keep food costs down, our travel and lodging costs rose significantly with numerous coach bus rides to get through five countries, quickly and in comfort.

Michelle Anderson from Australia asked us a question about busing on the cheap in Central America: “My son is in Acapulco at the moment and wants to get to Guatemala and then El Salvador then Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. He has asked me to let him know which buses to catch (cheap) and where from … he is traveling alone on a very tight budget, any suggestions?”

This past week, we’ve been riding a Costa Rican bus line called Tica Bus, which travelers can ride from Tapachula, Mexico all the way to Panama City, Panama via all the Central American countries listed. One way, it’ll set a traveler back about $93. Now one could piece together local buses, but you’re not going to save much, and for the most part, it would consist of rides in less than comfortable chicken buses. We highly recommend splurging on taking the coach bus down. Tica Bus only travels by day, as night travel in Central America makes one a prime target for robberies. You can see the Tica Bus schedule and rates in English here: http://www.ticabus.com/ing_rutas_horarios_tapachula.html

If you have any questions about costs on the road, please drop us a line in the comment section below.
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