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General RV  References

 "How to" guide on planning a long road trip -  http://www.roadtripdream.com/index.html
Information about the "people-side" of RVing! A great book on the subject. - http://www.rvlifestyleanswers.com/

General Information About Driving  in Central and South America

Free reference book in Acrobat format on Overlandding in Central American and Mexico (2012): http://www.liferemotely.com/images/stories/ebook/download/overlanding_central_america_and_mexico_ebook.pdf
Facebook group on travel in Mexico (active in 2012): On the Road in Mexico
A 19 month journey from the top of North America to the tip of South America in 2009 - 2010. http://whiteacorn.com/index.php
Nice General Driving Guide to Mexico and Central America -  http://www.drivemeloco.com/start.htm
Central America's Top 20 Adventures - http://away.com/tripideas/300231.html
Central America Travel Forum - Message Board for advice - http://central-american.travel-information.org/
Tropical Travel Association - links to hotels and travel services in Central and South America -  http://tropico.biz/
Source for general RV Books - http://www.rvbookstore.com
Driving to Central & South America. You can join a caravan. All maps may be bought here. - http://www.adventuretrek.com/drive.htm
Lists of Language Schools Worldwide- http://www.123teachme.com/
Nice Trailer Life article on a caravan trip with Chris Yelland, Adventuretours, Part One and Part two
Distance Tables for Mexico - http://www.travelchiapas.com/map/map-6.php

Lists of Camping Places


Harriet's Articles

Austin Statesman, April 13, 2008 - Driving a Motorhome to Central America
Harriet's Blog (India) - http://www.harriethalkyard.blogspot.com/

Other Traveler's Tales and Blogs

2010

Great Website of intrepid world travelers. See Mongolia to South Korea. Now in South America. The Route Map includes camping places in North America including Mexico, and Central America (2010) -  www.philflanagan.com
Couple's Central America trip 2010 - http://grumpyinamerica.wordpress.com/

2009
Lady with three kids traveling through Central America - www.TravBuddy.com/TessaHill/blogs

2008
Danish Couple on extended trip through the Americas. Entered Mexico Jan. 2007 and Colombia in January 2008. Terrific web site. http://dare2go.com
Silk Route Members Mike & Mary, on the road since 2002! They are in Central America in 2008. Nice blog!  http://www.travelpod.com/members/mikeandmary
Couple's travels in Central America and South America in 2008. Good info on camping and shopping (see also updates). - Rick & Kathy Howe's Travelogue
Travelers from Ontario to Venezuela, 2008 - 2009 - http://www.venezuelan-journey.com.\

2007
Couple doing Central and South America in 2006 - 2007.  Good advice. - http://alloneroad.com/index.html
Aaaron and Amy Young on a two year adventure to with two dogs, 2006 - 2007. Nice narratives. - http://www.aaronandamy.com/
Silk Route Club 2006/2007 Central and South America Trip - http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/panam2006/

Before 2007
Kathe and Colleen's 9-month Central American travelog with camping places, 2004 - 2005 - http://www.whirledvision.com
People planning a 5-7 year road trip through Central and South America - http://www.privatemotorcoach.com/main.htm
Experiences of another traveller and useful information - http://www.panamaorbust.com
Early retirement lead this couple on many adventures, including Alaska to Panama with their dog - http://www.nextmillionmiles.com/
Silk Route Club blog for 2005/2006 Central and South America trip - http://southamerica05.blog.co.uk/main/



Formalities

Traveling with pets - http://www.pettravel.com/passports_immigration.cfm
Taking pets to Belize - Dogs to Belize
Current Visa Requirements - http://www.wtgonline.com/ , see also http://www.letsgo.com/destinations/latin_america/central/essentials/documents.php
Visa requirements for U.S. citizens - http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1229.html
Visa Requirements and Other Travel Services - http://www.myvisapassport.com/Travel-Insurance.htm

Vehicle and Insurance

Sanborne's Insurance (Mexico, call for Central America) - http://www.sanbornsinsurance.com/links.html
UK Company Selling  Vehicle Insurance for Central & South America (UK) - http://www.alessie.com/html/americas2.html
AIG Insurance (covers RVs in Central America) - https://www.aig4auto.com/AIGAA/AIG/recreational.cfm
Nelson Insurance (covers Mexico and Central America) - http://www.nelsoninternationalgroup.com/index.html
Getting Vehicle Permit for Mexico - http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/iitv.jsp  (in Spanish only)

Health

CDC web site on water treatment - http://www2.ncid.cdc.gov/travel/yb/utils/ybGet.asp?section=recs&obj=food-drink-risks.htm&cssNav=browsecyb

Maps

ITMB Maps of Central and South America (recommended) - http://www.adventuretrek.com/Maps.htm    or  http://www.itmb.com/
The recommended Mexican map (Guia Roji) - http://www.mexicomaps.com/

Communication

Satellite Telephony - http://www.gmpcs-us.com/index.htm
Cell phone rental in Guatemala - http://www.xelapages.com/
Direcway.cc is a provider of Satellite internet- http://www.direcway.cc
MyBlueDish Satellite Internet <http://www.mybluedish.com/>

Language Schools


Free web based Spanish lessons - http://www.learnspanishtoday.com/ms_vls/index.html
Lists of Language Schools Worldwide- http://www.123teachme.com/
Lists of Language Schools in Guatemala - guatemala365.com
CPI  (our favorite school in Costa Rica) - http://www.cpi-edu.com/
Guatamalensis (our favorite school in Quetzaltenango) -  http://www.geocities.com/spanland/
Christian Spanish Academy (recommended in Antigua, Guatemala) - http://www.learncsa.com/
Student Travel and Study Abroad - http://www.gseabroad.com
Learn Spanish in Ecuador - http://www.surpacifico.k12.ec/index.en.html
Learn Spanish in Panama at Spanish Panama School; Rated # 1 in the Americas -
www.spanishpanama.com


Belize

Information on BELIZE

Guatemlala

Information on Guatemala -  http://www.thegringosguide.com/index.html, http://www.enjoyguatemala.com/
Atitlan web pages - http://www.atitlan.net/ and  http://www.atitlan.com/
Information on Quetzaltenango (Xela) - http://www.xelapages.com/
Antigua Tours - http://www.antiguatours.net/
Guatemala's "Best Trailer Park" - http://www.automariscos.com
Bruno's at Rio Dulce, Guatemala - http://www.mayaparadise.com/brunoe.htm
Hotel Planeta Rio, Rio Dulce, Guatemala - http://www.sailing-diving-guatemala.com/hotels/index-riodulce.htm
Finca Ixobel eco-tourism resport in Poptun, Guatemala - http://www.fincaixobel.com/
Lists of Language Schools in Guatemala - guatemala365.com
Guatamalensis (our favorite school in Quetzaltenango) -  http://www.geocities.com/spanland/
Christian Spanish Academy (recommended in Antigua, Guatemala) - http://www.learncsa.com/

El Salvador


Blog on current activities in El Salvador - http://luterano.blogspot.com/
Good travel information - http://www.tripadvisor.com/mgo-g294475-c58806?pid=148

Costa Rica

RV rental and camping in Costa Rica (we have no personal experience but this looks interesting) - http://www.rvcostarica.com/
Costa Rica Tours - http://www.ticotravel.com/
Costa Rica National Parks - http://www.costaricabureau.com/nationalparks.htm
CPI  (our favorite language school in Costa Rica) - http://www.cpi-edu.com/
Ferrari's Surf Resort, Walk to Best Costa Rica Surfing in Playa Grande. Clean Budget Rooms w/ AC, Cable TV, BBQ Cafe-Bar, Market, in Turtle Park
http://www.bestcostaricasurfing.com/

Mexico

"Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping", Mike and Teri Churches web site -  www.rollinghomes.com
Listing of Mexican Resorts - www.mexicovacationtravels.com


South America and Shipping

Silk Route Club blog for 2005/2006 Central and South America trip - http://southamerica05.blog.co.uk/main/
Contacts for shipping to/from Panama and Colombia (2009/2010):  http://whiteacorn.com/theamericas/tips/tips.php#Shipping
Vehicle Shipping - http://www.shipmyvehicle.com/InternationalVehicleShipping.aspx
Brazilian Camping Club: http://www.gavioesdoplanalto.com.br/first_4.html (Google Chrome browser has translation feature)
Motorhomes for Sale in Brazil: http://veiculos.mercadolivre.com.br/motorhomes/; http://www.motortrailer.com.br/; http://www.webcamping.com.br/usados2.htm
See also South Amerca page.


The following list was recommended by one of our Yahoo! Group Members (7/2010). (Click here to join). Some duplication...

http://www.go-panamerican.com/ Covers all countries on Pan Am highway.

http://www.drivemeloco.com/
http://www.travelindependent.info/america-north.htm (Mexico is part of North America!)
http://www.mexicomike.com/ Great site!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-American_Highway
http://www.southboundtravels.com/
http://www.panamaorbust.com/
"How To" deal with border crossings, mordidas, breakdowns, hassles. Great site.
http://www.99DaysToPanama.com/
some great info on routes, places, camping, boondocking (this site!)

Your Best Mexico Guide Book is 'Peoples Guide To Mexico' http://www.peoplesguide.com/
Best Central and South American Guide Books:
Footprint Handbooks, Moon Travel Guides, Rough Guides and Lonely Planet, check out at local book stores or on Amazon.com
Best Hospex Portal, Thousands of local members enroute: http://www.couchsurfing.org/
also try out http://www.bewelcome.org/
for free local information in 170 countries from native and expat guides
click on http://www.localyte.com/ type destination(s) and "ask a question".

World Wide Overland

Overland trips arranged for you to exciting places: http://www.encounter-overland.com/ (also non-truck tours)
Stephen Stewart's Blog, an intrepid worldwide overland traveler. Very interesting stuff: http://www.xor.org.uk/
The Silk Route Club, a network of worldwide motorhome enthusiasts: http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/
Our favorite tour operator for small groups (package tours, not motorhoming): http://www.oattravel.com/

Asia

Setting up tours in India - http://www.chariotindia.com/
Recommended tour operator to take care of  you in VietNam  - http://www.vietnamexplorers.com
Renting a motorhome in China - See our China Page
Renting a motorhome in India - www.motorhome.co.in
Recommended overland tour operator for Sarawak (East Malaysia - Borneo) - Taylor Unting, Bornea Exploration Tours
Borneo Tour: We suggest emailing Taylor directly. He is Iban native and will take  you to the Longhouse of his parents!
Train travel in Asia (or anywhere else for that matter!): http://www.seat61.com/index.html


RVing in China... Some Links

Camping Places
NOTE: "Camping Places" doesn't imply "camp site".  Most camping places in Central American are restaurant parking lots, gas stations, tourist parks, etc.  The following sites have lists, many with GPS coordinates and descriptions.

Here is the most comprehensive, consolidated list out there (2010): http://grumpyinamerica.wordpress.com/campgrounds-ca/

Mexico

Mexican Camping Guide (Mike & Terri Church)  - http://www.rollinghomes.com/    (includes most if not all of Mexico's camp grounds)
Experts on Mexico, Dot and Bill Bell, have a great interactive web site with most of Mexico's campgrounds - http://www.ontheroadin.com/
A great organized list of camping places in Mexico, Central and South America (2007 - 2009) - http://dare2go.com/camping.html

Central America

Great Website of intrepid world travelers. The Route Map includes camping places in North America including Mexico, and Central America (2010) -  www.philflanagan.com
Consolidated list from Dare2go and other web sources (2010) - http://grumpyinamerica.wordpress.com/campgrounds-ca
99 Days to Panama Camping Places list now available (2003 - 2007) - http://www.brindlepress.com/CampingCentralAmerica.pdf
A great organized list of camping places in Mexico, Central and South America (2007 - 2009) - http://dare2go.com/camping.html
Silk Route Club - Central and South America in 2006 with Maps and GPS for camping places- http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/panam2006/index.html
Another couple's list of camping places - http://www.nextmillionmiles.com/CampSitesCA.htm
"Adventure Learning Foundation" list of camping places (Central America) - http://www.questconnect.org/ca_journal_fr.htm 
also http://www.questconnect.org/ca_camping.htm
A 9-month  travelog with camping places (2003 - 2004) - http://www.whirledvision.com

Costa Rica Camping Places

Our friends run this B&B in Sta. Elena (Monteverde). They also welcome RVs - www.orquideasmonteverde.com


Guatemala Camping Places


Guatemala's "Best Trailer Park" - http://www.automariscos.com
Bruno's at Rio Dulce, Guatemala - http://www.mayaparadise.com/brunoe.htm
Hotel Planeta Rio, Rio Dulce, Guatemala - http://www.sailing-diving-guatemala.com/hotels/index-riodulce.htm
Finca Ixobel eco-tourism resport in Poptun, Guatemala - http://www.fincaixobel.com/

Panama Camping Places

Panama's only RV Park - http://www.xsmemories.com 

South America
"Adventure Learning Foundation" list of camping places (South America) - http://www.questconnect.org/sa_camping.htm
A great organized list of camping places in Mexico, Central and South America (2007 - 2009) - http://dare2go.com/camping.html
Silk Route Club - Central and South America in 2006 with Maps and GPS for camping places- http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/panam2006/index.html

Tent Camping Link
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