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Old 12-01-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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PAN AMERICAN HWY - FLASH! updating information

THIS IS THE BEST NEWS on Central and South America RV Travel.. Ferry Service to and from Panama ...

The new ferry is in operation between Panama and Columbia! This affects the traveler (especially the RVer) saving time and thousands $$$$! Previously when traveling south on the Pan American Highway, you would arrive in Panama and wait from 5 to 10 days doing paperwork, reserving a SHIP (freighter), reserving a hotel (to stay after you loaded your RV), customs work and more! This costs averaged about $4000, plus you still had to fly to Columbia on top of that!

Now you can take the ferry for about a $1000 dollars, which includes a cabin, food, and even entertainment! The trip is about 14 hours.

I travel extensively throughout the Americas, and do some photography and maps for the Trekoftheamericas expeditions and this is the greatest experience for this journey.
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Very interesting!!
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:38 AM   #3
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Guatemala Campground - RVers Secret Paradise! rediscovered

We did the Pan American Highway again, and will do this July again. Upon return northbound we spent a couple of weeks at what we consider the "Best of the best" campgrounds in the world!

LOCATED on the CA-9 Highway (Carr. al Pacifico) at km 34.5 in Amatitlan, Guatemala is camping and waterpark AUTOMARISCOS TURICENTRO. Here is located a campground that puts even the north american parks to shame!

Only 9 full hookup sites, but space for another 30 RV with limited hookups are available. Each space has a patio with table, shelter, overhead fan, and barbeque and a place for hammocks. The spaces are in beautiful grass, with level concrete ramps. The water is ONLY "very warm" due to the natural HOT SPRINGs at the park. There is spring cold water to fill the tanks, at the entrance to the park....no cold water in the park.

Besides camping, Automariscos offers: Great seafood restaurant, Jacuzzi, eucaliptus steam baths, wave pool, olympic swimming pool, 5 other pools, water slides, picnic areas, snack bar, FREE WI-FI TO YOUR SITE, Bus service, close to many tourists areas, including Antigua, Volcan Pacaya, beaches, and more.

FUTHERMORE - Probably the world's best weather, with daytime temp of 75-80 degrees and nights are about 55, no mosquitos, and a humidity of 55. What more could you want.

Some snowbirds become WINTER TEXANS, there are some parks in Mexico where there are WINTER MEXICANS, but here is year round great weather, the summers are much cooler than in Washington state. For years, there also have been WINTER GUATEMALANS.

When you bring your RV into Guatemala you will be given 90 permit, which is renewable another 90 days.
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THIS IS THE BEST NEWS on Central and South America RV Travel.. Ferry Service to and from Panama ...

The new ferry is in operation between Panama and Columbia! This affects the traveler (especially the RVer) saving time and thousands $$$$! Previously when traveling south on the Pan American Highway, you would arrive in Panama and wait from 5 to 10 days doing paperwork, reserving a SHIP (freighter), reserving a hotel (to stay after you loaded your RV), customs work and more! This costs averaged about $4000, plus you still had to fly to Columbia on top of that!

Now you can take the ferry for about a $1000 dollars, which includes a cabin, food, and even entertainment! The trip is about 14 hours.

I travel extensively throughout the Americas, and do some photography and maps for the Trekoftheamericas expeditions and this is the greatest experience for this journey.

Like the contrast of the rigs in the pictures. From all full blown clime up the cliff units, to simple and each units!

Thanks for the info sharing,
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Thanks Smitty.....
Those units are a bit of overkill, but they are nice. From USA to Panama any coach is ok, even have had the largest Prevost... but from Columbia it is limited to under 35' and high clearance RVs.. mostly because of the ferrys and backing sometimes.
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