Useful References for Traveling in Mexico and Central America

These guidebooks and maps are among the most useful for a trip to Central America.  Order direct from by clicking on the links below.

Lonely Planet Central America on a Shoestring was our main guidebook but it missed some useful details that are found in the books for each country.  The Moon Handbooks have easy to read maps. We found the ITMB maps to be the most accurate although others, e.g. the AAA Central American map were easier to read.  The web maps at america atlas are very good.

For armchair reading, see Jim Jaillet's travelogue of his 340 day trip, Panama or Bust.

Other books for RV travel and general RV lifestyle may be found at

If you are interested in driving beyond Central America, see our recommendations for South America!
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