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Where to go with 1 week in May 2015 -- no beaches!

Where to go with 1 week in May 2015 -- no beaches!

Old Dec 29, 14, 10:08 pm
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Where to go with 1 week in May 2015 -- no beaches!

Hi guys!

I have one week of vacation in May and would like to visit someplace in Central America since it's relatively close (I'm in southern Texas). South America is also a possibility - I'm going to cross-post there. Would love someplace that we can get to via direct flight out of Houston, given our limited time frame.

I've never been to Central America (or South America!) so I am completely open to ideas.

Caveat is that I was born/raised in some tropical/beachy parts of the world, so I have little interest in beaches or water activities (diving, snorkeling).

This trip is myself and my husband, both early 30s, both relatively good shape. We love cultural/historical sites (Cairo is one of my all-time favorites), local markets, and local food. Middle of the line to fancy hotels (no hostels). We aren't the backpacker type at all, but we also don't want to sit on a tour bus all day.

Welcome any thoughts from those more experienced in this part of the world.
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Old Dec 29, 14, 10:22 pm
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Forgot to mention, hubby's Spanish is intermediate and mine is non-existent.
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Old Dec 29, 14, 10:31 pm
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Nicaragua has great colonial cities, Granada and Leon, Guatemala and Belize have Mayan ruins galore. Belize is English speaking. Nicaragua is the safest of these three and very affordable, great hotels too.
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Old Dec 30, 14, 6:57 am
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I vote for Panama City, tour the canal, spend a couple of nights in Bocas.
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Old Dec 30, 14, 7:33 am
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I went to Guatemala a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. Guatemala City, Tikal, Lake Atitlan.
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Why not South America;
Colombia: Bogota and Cartagena for example are doable from Houston
Lima and Cuzco/Machu Pichu in Peru are also options.

Food in Lima is great.
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Old Apr 15, 15, 10:04 pm
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Houston has a nonstop to Tuxtla-Gutierrez airport in Chiapas and to OAX in Oaxaca. Both offer great options for culture and historical sites and food. No need to visit any beaches when in Mexico!
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Old Apr 19, 15, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by psuedoaccount View Post
Forgot to mention, hubby's Spanish is intermediate and mine is non-existent.
I've been to all Centroamerica countries as well as a few in South America, and the ONLY one where English is spoken much (OK, outside of Belize, and even then I found myself speaking Spanish more than English) is Costa Rica.

Yes, it's overun with tourists, but there is a reason for that

IMHO, best place to start with Latin America
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Old Apr 20, 15, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by manneca View Post
I went to Guatemala a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. Guatemala City, Tikal, Lake Atitlan.
I am not sure that I would recommend Guatemala at this time. Crime still remains a serious problem in Guatemala City with very high murder rate. Yes, it is better than Honduras, but that isn't saying much.
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Old Apr 21, 15, 11:54 pm
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I am not sure that I would recommend Guatemala at this time. Crime still remains a serious problem in Guatemala City with very high murder rate. Yes, it is better than Honduras, but that isn't saying much.
I have not been there, but I thought tourists, in general, just hightail it on a shuttle to Antigua and are fine?
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Old Apr 22, 15, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by WillTravel View Post
I have not been there, but I thought tourists, in general, just hightail it on a shuttle to Antigua and are fine?
I believe that's what most tourists do. That and Lake Atitlan.
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