Central America is a popular destination for people who are planning RTW trips. The region is cheaper than many more western destinations, and it has tons to offer long-term travelers. Beautiful beaches, volcanoes, jungles, big, metropolitan cities, great food, and friendly people are just a few of the highlights of booking a trip to Central America.
For many long-term travelers, adding Costa Rica to a round the world trip itinerary is tops on the list. Costa Rica is the most popular, and thus, the most expensive country to travel in in Central America. But with good reason as the tourist trail is well trodden, making it easier and more comfortable than neighboring countries. And while the costs may be higher than in a country like Nicaragua, they are still low compared to more western places in North America and Europe.
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If you do head to Costa Rica on your RTW trip, you will most likely land in San Jose. Many people get in and out of the city as quickly as they can, but if you poke around a bit, you may find some interesting places to visit. If you’re a market person, then exploring Mercado Central is a must as it’s a bustling food market that has plenty to see and eat. San Jose is also a good place to take Spanish classes if you’re looking to improve your language skills for the rest of your journey. It also makes a good base for exploring the rest of the country, as beautiful beaches, lush jungle, and plenty of activities await you in Costa Rica.
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