Fodor's Central America, 3rd Edition

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Fodor's Central America, 3rd Edition
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Pages: 640 Date Published: April 2008 Prices may vary by retailer

About This Book

Fodor’s. For Choice Travel Experiences.

Fodor’s helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. Although you’re at the helm, Fodor’s offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It’s like having a friend in Central America!

· Updated annually, Fodor’s Central America provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available in a guidebook.

· Fodor’s Central America features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip of a lifetime.

· If it’s not worth your time, it’s not in this book. Fodor’s discriminating ratings, including our top tier Fodor’s Choice designations, ensure that you’ll know about the most interesting and enjoyable places in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

· Experience Central America like a local! Fodor’s Central America includes choices for every traveler, from lounging on the beach in Honduras or scaling Mayan ruins in Guatemala to browsing open-air markets in Nicaragua, and much more!

· Indispensable, customized trip planning tools include “Top Reasons to Go,” “Word of Mouth” advice from other travelers, and tips to help save money, bypass lines, and avoid common travel pitfalls.

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Table of Contents

Planning Your Trip
What’s Where ............ 8
When To Go ............ 11
If You Like ............ 12
Great Itineraries ............ 14

Central America

Chapter 1: Belize ............ 20
Chapter 2: Guatemala ............ 95
Chapter 3: El Salvador ............ 191
Chapter 4: Honduras ............ 240
Chapter 5: Nicaragua ............ 303
Chapter 6: Costa Rica ............ 365
Chapter 7: Panama ............ 483
Chapter 8: Adventure & Learning Vacations ............ 564

Central America Essentials ............ 590

Getting Started ............ 591
Booking Your Trip ............ 596
Transportation ............ 602
On The Ground ............ 606

Index ............ 618

About Our Writers ............ 640

Maps
Central America ............ 6—7
Belize ............ 22
Belize City ............ 27
The Cayes, Atolls & Barrier Reef ............ 37
Northern Belize ............ 55
The Cayo and the Deep South ............ 64
Guatemala ............ 98—99
Guatemala City ............ 101
Antigua ............ 116
Lago Atitlán ............ 135
Chichicastenango ............ 148
Atlantic Lowlands ............ 163
El Petén ............ 171
Tikàl ............ 179
El Salvador ............ 193
San Salvador ............ 199
Northern and Western El Salvador ............ 215
Eastern El Salvador ............ 231
Honduras ............ 243
Tegucigalpa ............ 247
The Western Highlands ............ 259
San Pedro Sula ............ 261
Copán ............ 265
The Caribbean Coast ............ 278
Roatán Island ............ 290
Nicaragua ............ 306
Managua ............ 312
Northern Nicaragua ............ 328
León ............ 329
Granada ............ 338
Southwestern Nicaragua ............ 347
Lago de Nicaragua ............ 355
Costa Rica ............ 368—369
San José ............ 371
Northern Plains ............ 382
North Pacific ............ 395
Central Pacific ............ 430
South Pacific ............ 444
Caribbean Coast ............ 466
Panama ............ 486
Panama City ............ 490
Panama Canal & Surroundings ............ 513
Central Panama ............ 521
Chiriqui Province ............ 531
Bocas del Toro ............ 545
Kuna Yala ............ 555