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jhermosa Oct 13th, 2012 10:40 PM

Places to visit in El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua
Hi all,

I'm planning a solo trip to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. I have 25 days, hopefully its enough to visit these three countries. I will be going in January 2013. I need recommendations of places to visit and explore. I love nature, beaches, and culture.

I am quite excited cause these are the only countries remaining and I will finally finish my Central America solo adventure!

These are some places that people have recommend:
El Salvador- La Libertad, Santa Ana, and La Puerta del Diablo
Honduras- Copan (must!), La Cieba, and Utila
Nicaragua- managua, Leon, and Lago de Nicaragua.

Thanks :-)

hopefulist Oct 14th, 2012 02:33 AM

25 days isn't a lot of time for 1 country, let alone 3 - lots of time will be spent sitting on buses getting from place to place which you've mentioned in other threads isn't your favorite way to travel.

Of the 3, I've just visited Honduras; I've visited Central America about a dozen times but keep returning to Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize - still I've barely scratched the surface! My photos with blog, travelogue, and review site links (and therefore all my recommendations) on the main pages of the collections are here:

If you search on the Thorntree forum for a poster named rultikart you'll come up with some fabulous ideas, especially for Honduras. Have a great trip, whatever you decide!

jhermosa Oct 15th, 2012 10:58 PM

My original plan was to visit Honduras and El Salvador but thought maybe I can also add Nicaragua. I might stick with the original plan and perhaps skip Nicaragua? Which places do you recommend for Honduras?

hopefulist Oct 16th, 2012 04:20 AM

In Honduras I've just been to Copán (more than a month total spread over 2 trips), Utila (2 week-long visits), Roatán (2 visits of about 2 weeks each), Guanaja (2 weeks), and La Ceiba area (about a week and a half total). We've loved them all and have barely scratched the surface. It would be easy to spend your whole trip there, splitting between Copán, La Ceiba area, an island, and maybe 1 other stop - the north coast, Lake Yojoa, or the Gracias area, maybe? Moon Handbook for Honduras is a good guidebook - background info and suggested itineraries as well as travel specifics. Happy planning!

cferrb Oct 21st, 2012 09:43 AM

I was recently told by a Peace Corps volunteer that while Nicaragua in general is great, that Managua is not. He also raved about Granada in Nicaragua.

nicaragua Nov 2nd, 2012 12:11 PM

I would skip Honduras, Nicaragua has a lot more to see and do and way safer.
But don´t bother with Managua.
Here is a list of ´highlights´in Nicaragua:

JeanH Nov 2nd, 2012 02:28 PM

In Granada at the moment. Lovely city. Just left Isla Ometepe yesterday. Wonderful, peaceful island.

I'm loving Nicaragua.....

Arina123 Nov 7th, 2012 10:22 PM

I would recommend Granada in Nicaragua as well as a tour of the Nicaragua lake. Leon is a busy non-touristy town, with a great modern art museum. Visit the roof of the main cathedral when you are there. Also, San Juan del Sur is a nice beach town with great sunsets. In El Salvador, - go to Suchitoto. It is aspiring to be Antigua in terms of galleries, hotels and restaurants (cute but of course far from it). According to the guidebooks, the best hotel of El Salvador is there (I stayed there, but sorry, forgot its name). Good restaurants. In Honduras, Copan was great (definitely go to the museum, not just the site). Also, if you are going to Utila, why not also Roatan? Different, but same amazing snorkeling and diving.

teadrinker51 Nov 12th, 2012 04:49 PM

Honduras - Copan
Nicaragua - Granada, Masayda and Lago de Nicaragua.
El Salvador - La Ruta des Flores, Suchioto and Joya de Ceren.

Byronjob Nov 13th, 2012 06:53 PM

Honduras: Copan, Roatan and Comayagua
El Salvador: Suchitoto
Nicaragua: Leon, Granada, Ometepe and San Juan del sur.

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