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Begin in Mexico or Guatemala in September?


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  • Added on: April 9th, 2015

I'm in the process of planning a trip beginning in late August/early September (for about 6-7 months but honestly there's no technical end date I need to be back); I'm attempting to have an open-ended and flexible trip as I tend to over-plan; My family is from Guatemala, though I've never been, so that is my only absolute-must in terms of destinations. I also want to improve my Spanish, which is pretty good now but I would love to be closer to fluency, and I know Guatemala has the best language schools. I also plan on doing work-away (which I've done before), likely in hostels. At this point the only real decision I have to make is whether to begin my trip in Guatemala or Mexico. I'm very interested in seeing San Cristobal, Oaxaca, DF, Guanjuato, and figure it'll be pretty easy to bus from/to Guatemala/Mexico. However, I also want to potentially end up in Nicaragua or Colombia- with Nicaragua being easier to get to if I start in Mexico and then go to Guatemala, and Colombia being a cheap flight away from Mexico if I start in Guatemala and bus up to Mexico. The other major question at this point is weather. September sounds like it'll be pretty rainy in both destinations- but in your experiences is one country better weather than the other?

And I know I just said I'm trying not to plan but if any of you have done some stellar itineraries beginning in Mexico/Guatemala and heading south, especially solo female travelers, let me know! Also any workaway/helpx recommendations are appreciated!


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