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We’re not huge planners and we have also written about why you don’t need a master plan when you travel. And those are still our thoughts on travel planning.

However, it is important to somehow plan a greater frame of what you want to experience. If you just travel around without a plan about what we want to see and experience, you’ll end up not doing what you really wanted.

So I’ve been doing a lot of planning these past days. I just really want to make sure that we cover a lot of what to see here in the area before moving on. To visualize it I’ve created the map above in Google Maps with a lot of pins on it.

It shows all the different places I want us to go over the next months. And I thought I’d share with you what we have planned and also tell you which amazing travel bloggers inspired us to go those places!

Well – let’s check it out!

Exploring Mexico

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As you know we’re in Playa del Carmen in Mexico now. And we have been for a long time. We love it here and have our apartment until March 3rd. We extended our stay because we were waiting on a very important package to arrive from Denmark (Head over to our Facebook Page to see what is was!).

Before March 3rd we have a list of things we really want to cross off. They’re all things we can do in a day and then return to Playa del Carmen in the night. It’s mainly things not so far from Playa del Carmen:

Swim with sea turtles in Akumal

Akumal Beach, Mexico Akumal Beach. Photo credit: DiscoveringIce.com

Natural wonders are our favorite thing to see. And in Akumal the amount of sea grass in the ocean makes it sea turtle paradise!

This free, natural experience is really on the top of our list. It’s quick to get to Akumal from Playa, and you should be able to spot the cute sea turtles pretty quickly.

Discovering Ice wrote an amazing post about it (check it out here!) and we’ve sucked sooo much information out of it. It’s so great to read informative posts about what to do on great travel blogs.

Snorkel on Cozumel and see San Miguel

Cozumel is the large island close to Playa del Carmen. There are ferries going to Cozumel all day long from Playa del Carmen, and it’s really something we need to do soon. It’s so close that we can actually see it from the beach here.

Cozumel is a famous stop for cruise ships in the Caribbean and is known for its beautiful beaches. Cozumel also attracts lots of divers and people snorkelling. We really want to check it out and see what all the fuzz is about. Also to check out San Miguel, the largest city on the island.

See the ruins in Tulum and swim in the Gran Cenote

Tulum, MexicoPhoto credit: Wikipedia

Tulum is known for its beautiful Mayan ruins right by the ocean. It looks so picture perfect and gorgeous! Actually, we’re going there tomorrow with Antti and Mirje from Anywhereism! We’re going to start at the Gran Cenote, then have lunch in Tulum and finally see the ruins in the afternoon. Can’t wait!

We decided on doing the tour like this with great inspiration from Alyona from AlyonaTravels.com – her post about Tulum is perfection and has so much relevant information for planning your trip. Also just love her photos, great work!

Ruins in Cobá

coba ruinsCobá ruins. Photo source. Wikipedia

Yesterday we met up with Dan and Casey of ACruisingCouple.com – we had an amazing night with Cuban food, brownies from Ah Cacao (yum!) and drinks at a beach bar. They had just been on a tour to Cobá that day and they told us that we needed to go there.

So we will! There’s a ADO bus directly to Cobá from Playa, and you can actually climb the ruins there. It should be amazing!


After March 3rd we’re taking some time off to cover whatever’s north of Playa del Carmen. We’ll be staying in hotels and we’re looking very much forward to it! It’ll be like being on vacation. Staying in a place for a longer time as we’ve done here in Playa del Carmen really makes it normal and we so need a vacation soon!

We have a lot planned!

Cancún and Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, MexicoIsla Mujeres. Photo credit: DiscoveringIce.com

We’ll start off in Cancún – the crazy touristy city here on the Mayan Riviera. We want to check it out and will probably be staying there since it’s a really cheap place to stay in hotels.

During our time in Cancún, we’ll go to Isla Mujeres. This little island is something people keep telling us to go and see when we mention where we are. We have seen photos – it looks just perfect!

Valladolid

Valladolid should be a great little city and we hope to spend 2 nights in the city and checking out what it has to offer. Many other bloggers have recommended Valladolid to us, and we can’t wait to go!

Goats On The Road recently spent four days in the city, and their post about Valladolid is really well written and makes us want to go!

Chichen Itza and a cenote

chichen itzaChichen Itza, photo from Wikipedia

A MUST see when you’re on the Mayan Riviera. Tour arrangement guys are totally asking us if we want a tour to Chichen Itza. And of course we do – we’re just going to arrange it ourselves.

We plan on taking a bus or a taxi there from Valladolid. Chichen Itza is the pin just left of Valladolid.

Inside the Chichen Itza area should be one of the famous cenotes – a cave under the ground, mostly with amazing clear water. We can’t wait to swim in one of those!

Merida

Merida, MexicoMerida. Photo Credit: Anywherism

Our friends Mirje and Antti spent a month living in Merida and have told us so many nice things about the city that we simply need to see it for ourselves.

Merida is way older than Playa del Carmen and Cancún and we can’t wait to actually explore some of the old Mexican style buildings. Oh – and we hear Merida is way cheaper than Playa! ;)


Moving on to Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Finally a new country is up! We plan on taking a bus from Cancún down to Chetumal, right by the border to Belize. From there it should be possible to catch a water taxi to Ambergris Caye in Belize.

We’ve read so much about this beautiful Peninsula in the Caribbean and we simply can’t wait to get down there. So far we have no idea for how long we’ll stay. We’ll take it one day at a time…

The amazing travel blog Travel with Bender has written lots of posts about their stay on Ambergris Caye and we’ve found so much inspiration from their posts.

Caye Caulker and the Great Blue Hole

Great Blue Hole, BelizeGreat Blue Hole, Belize. Photo from Wikipedia

Caye Caulker is the little island just south of Ambergris Caye. It’s known to be a perfect little paradise, and we really want to stop over there and hopefully stay there for some nights.

The blog San Pedro Scoop has a lot of info about Belize and it has helped ud a great deal to find out what we want to do and see in Belize. And where to eat! Ohh, it looks so good – can’t wait!

Around the same time, we really hope to go and check out the Great Blue Hole that Belize is so famous for. Whether we’ll dive, fly over it or just hang out we don’t know yet. But it seems like you can’t miss it when in Belize!

Belize city and bird watching

toucan in BelizeToucan in Belize. Photo from Wikipedia

After our perfect Caribbean island life, we’re on to Belize City. We won’t stay for long, it seems a little dangerous there and we have something awesome planned for after the trip, so we’ll just stop over in Belize City.

I really hope to go bird watching somewhere in Belize. The toucan is the national bird of Belize and I’m dying to see one! Coming from a country with very plain birds, I’m a sucker for all the exotic birds and animals here in Central America. And I need to test out my new 50-300mm lens (aka “the stalker lens“) with some bird photography!


On to Guatemala with busses

Another new country is up: Guatemala. Personally, I can’t wait. From what I understand the parts of Mexico we’ve been to are pretty “western” for Central America – so does the islands in Belize seem (at least the ones we plan on visiting).

Guatemala is really something else. And we’ll be getting much deeper into what this continent is really all about.

Planes here in Central America are crazy expensive, so we’ll be travelling overland with busses. Again, Travel With Bender has been a huge help for the planning – and we’re planning on following their example and take a bus from Belize City to Flores. Hopefully we’ll be a little luckier than them on the trip, but we’re not getting our hopes up!

Flores, Guatemala – and Tikal ruins

Tikal RuinsTikal ruins, Guatemala. Photo credit: Travel With Bender

We’ll be staying in Flores for a few nights and it will be our base to check out the incredible Tikal ruins. They should be the mightiest and largest here in Central America.

The pyramid looks out of this world-ly. We’re going there for a whole day and will be climbing the main pyramid and just stand in awe and look at this incredible architecture.

Guatemala City and Antigua

I was a bit nervous about going to Guatemala (obviously I’m not way as cool as Jonas), but then I talked to a good friend, Linn, who suggested Antigua.

Way less dangerous, Antigua is attracting backpackers from all over the world. Placed between three volcanos and build in real Central American style, this is a can’t miss when in Guatemala.

We’re taking a bus from Flores to Guatemala City and then a bus or mini van directly to Antigua. We’ll be based there for a couple of weeks or as long as we like. Can’t wait to see why this city is so dear to many people!


El Salvador … Maybe

San SalvadorChurch in San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo credit: Go Backpacking

 

The only country in Central America with no Caribbean coastline, El Salvador is really not high on my to-do list. It seems dangerous, violent and just … not so easy to get excited about.

I have, however, put it on our list. And we might do it. I read Dave’s post about the country and it seems like it has some highlights. So we might go to San Salvador for a few days. And at least we can put one more country on the map if we go.


Honduras – most violent country in the world

Ok, I’m a bit worried with all the violence in this region as you can probably tell. I’m trying to calm myself down, and we are going to Honduras! That’s just to cool to miss.

Copan Ruinas

COPAN ruinasMain plaza in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. Photo credit: Go Backpacking

 

The Copan Ruinas look amazing. Located very close to the Guatemalan border, we’re going to stop here and check out those ruins. This should be a nice little town to stay in and we’re pretty excited about it after reading Dave’s post about the city and the ruins, which are actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site – awesome!

Stopover in San Pedro Sula

Ok – this is not a place we want to be, at all. It’s a crazy place and I’ve read many travellers’ thoughts about staying there and feeling unsafe, so we’re not doing that.

However, it seems like it’s a place you need to stop in, since it’s a big city and thus a connecting spot. So. San Pedro Sula it is. Hopefully not for more than a couple of hours!

La Ceiba

La Ceiba, HondurasLa Ceiba, Honduras. Photo from Wikipedia

Finally we’re back on the Caribbean coast – ahh, I can already feel how good it’s going to be. Nothing beats the Caribbean and we’re ready to check out La Ceiba for a day or two.

I expect that we can be found at the beach. Or maybe at a café with wifi after some insane days travelling overland.

Diving on Utila, one of Honduras’ Bay Islands

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Utila, Honduras. Photo credit: 1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Adventure

Utila is one of the Bay Islands in Honduras, located  in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, it can’t be nothing but incredible.

Utila is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your diver certificate, and it’s one of the things we plan on doing while on Utila. We have had three friends recommend that to us! Can’t wait to discover the underwater world.

Talon of 1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Adventure was so helpful when I asked him about safety in Honduras and where to go. He convinced us that Utila was amazing and we’re so thankful for his advice and are looking very much forward to Utila!

We’ll dive, work and explore the island along with the close by and bigger island, Roatan.


What’s next?

After this madness we haven’t really given the rest of our trip much thought. We want to see Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, but nothing is planned yet.

We also feel like Europe is calling us home this summer… But who knows!? We’re open to any adventure and we’ll plan as we go! :)


A huge thank you to all the amazing bloggers mentioned here in the post who allowed us to use their photos and thereby make this post possible! I love how the travel blogger community is always so supportive and want to help. Thank you for contributing everybody! 

Please check out the bloggeres mentioned above. All are super great and provide amazing information on their blogs!


What are we missing!? Please let us know if we should try to fit something on our list for Central America! Thanks.

16 Comments on Planning Our Trip Around Central America With Help From These Awesome Travel Bloggers

  1. Talon
    February 25, 2014 at 2:54 am (4 years ago)

    “We’re not huge planners.” Really? LOL Glad I could help about Honduras. It gets a lot of press when there are definitely very safe parts of the country.

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    • Celia Schow
      February 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Yeah, I can see how that’s a contrast to this whole post… :P I had no idea we had so much planned! Writing it down totally stressed me out. ;)

      Thank you so much! We can’t really wait to go to Honduras. The Bay Islands sound perfectly safe.

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  2. Laura
    February 25, 2014 at 3:09 am (4 years ago)

    Altså, kan I så komme afsted, så vi herhjemme kan kigge på de flotte billeder I kommer til at tage af de helt eventyrlige steder I skal besøge? Haha. Og så kan jeg altså godt forstå at du får lidt stress, Celia. Jeg blev også helt forpustet af bare at læse om jeres plan. Haha. Jeg håber Costa Rica bliver inkluderet i jeres planer. Så skønt et land – dog blev vi overrasket over hvor dyrt det var, og jeg tror også det er en del dyrere end andre mellemamerikanske lande. Men det er nu stadig et besøg værd :)

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    • Celia Schow
      February 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

      Hahaha! :D Du er så sød, Laura! Jeg glæder mig heeelt vildt, altså. Især efter vores dag i dag i Tulum. Det var super fedt, og jeg er så klar på at opleve mere! Selvom det også var hårdt… Haha! Jeg er så smadret nu :)
      Ja, der er godt nok meget, vi skal nå igennem. :) men med lidt planlægning skal det nok gå. Costa Rica SKAL vi altså opleve. Jeg er totalt sucker for vilde dyr – så er du vimmer, vi skal til Costa Rica!
      Hvor længe var I egentlig i Costa Rica? Og er der noget specielt, I kan anbefale?

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      • Laura
        February 26, 2014 at 7:03 am (4 years ago)

        Åh ja, dyrelivet er virkelig også fascinerende i Costa Rica! Jeg var ved at falde bagover da vi så et dovendyr ligge i et træ lige ovenover os! Vi var mest i Puerto Viejo i de omkring 3 uger vi var i Costa Rica. Og det er simpelthen sådan en hyggelig by ved den Caribiske kyst! Vi boede på et super hyggeligt hostel – Pagalú Hostel, og det kan i hvert fald anbefales :)

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        • Celia Schow
          February 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm (4 years ago)

          Hvor lyder det bare fedt! Dovendyr ser SÅ søde ud! Dem vil vi vildt gerne opleve også. Og Costa Rica er jo bare stedET for den slags! :) Fedt! Puerto Viejo vil jeg skrive på listen. Det ser super fedt ud! :D Ihii, jeg er så spændt på at komme videre! :D

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  3. Anisha
    February 25, 2014 at 3:38 am (4 years ago)

    Sounds an amazing trip! I’ve visited Belize & Guatemala extensively – both are so different yet stunningly beautiful!
    Very keen to head to Nicaragua, Honduras & Panama, though as a solo traveller in not sure about Honduras, for the same reasons. Look forward to your posts!

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    • Celia Schow
      February 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Anisha! :) Oh – now I’m looking even more forward to going to Belize and Guatemala! Both seems so amazing.
      Oh – solo travel in Central America! You’re brave! Haha. :) I think that the Bay Islands in Honduras are pretty safe. But we’ll check it out and report back here on the blog! I’m sure you’ll be fine. :)

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  4. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com
    February 25, 2014 at 4:34 am (4 years ago)

    Great post guys! Looks like you have an amazing adventure lined up for yourselves! We’ve been to most of the places you mentioned in Mexico and loved every single one! Happy travels! :)

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    • Celia Schow
      February 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Steph! Yes, doesn’t it!? Haha – I can’t believe how much we’re going to see. I’m sooo excited. :) Great! Mexico is definitely an amazing country, and the Riviera Maya is just spectacular!

      Happy travels to you, too! Hope our paths cross one day.

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  5. Alyona Travels
    February 25, 2014 at 10:40 am (4 years ago)

    you have some great plans, guys! Just one suggestion, if you are going to Chichen Itza by yourselves, make sure to hire a guide. They can tell you so many interesting things about Mayan history and people. Happy travels and thanks for featuring me in your post :)

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    • Celia Schow
      February 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Alyona! :) And thank you for the inspiration on Tulum – we had an amazing day to day. :)

      Yay, great tip! We’ll definitely look into that!

      Of course! Such a great post you did. It deserves sharing. :) safe travels!

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  6. Becky
    February 25, 2014 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

    What a lovely recap post of other great articles and how you’ve been inspired! Perhaps I could inspire you to go to Nicaragua? I absolutely loved my trip there in November and hope you end up fitting a few spots into your trip. For starters, check out Telica volcano (http://thegirlandglobe.com/fiery-telica-volcano/)

    I similarly steal inspiration from other bloggers (and travelers in general) for my own planning and will be returning to Central America at the end of March. My plans include Guatemala, El Salvador, and yup, back to Nicaragua. I’m not sure what your timing is, but maybe we’ll cross paths. If not, enjoy your travels anyway and I look forward to hearing about your experiences on your blog!

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    • Celia Schow
      February 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Becky! I’m glad you liked the post. Travel blogs are such an important part of our travel planning. Will check out your blog right away! We really want to go to Nicaragua. And we hope to do it on this trip as well. But Europe is kind of calling us “home” this summer. :D But maybe if we hurry up a little we can cover all of Central America before May – I really hope so!

      That sounds amazing! Love your plans. I think there’s a chance our paths will cross then! Would love to meet up and chat about travel – and maybe go exploring together!

      Let’s keep in touch. :) safe travels and thanks for sharing your post on Nicaragua! :)

      Xx

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  7. Luke
    March 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I would visit Costa Rica instead of El Salvador. Costa Rica is an amazing country. Although if you do visit El Salvador I would be interested in reading about it here.

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    • Celia Schow
      March 2, 2014 at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment, Luke! :) Yeah, maybe it will turn out like that, actually… Already changing up the plans! :D Lol. But Nicaragua and Costa Rica has always been part of the plan, too. Maybe I wasn’t clear enough about that in the post. But we’re definitely going to both countries after Honduras! This is just what we have planned so far. :)

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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