Life along Central America’s Panamerican Hwy

The few photos in our last post didn’t do justice to the stunning scenery and colourful lifestyle of Central America. We got the message :-). So here are more photos. But they still don’t convey our full experience and intense variety of senses. The music everywhere, the sight of fluttering butterflies (sadly too many ended up with sore heads against our screen or visors), the smell of storm, the sweet smell of mangoes dripping from the trees or waiting to be bought from roadside carts, the sweet smell of pineapples from the roadside sellers, the daily sound of car alarms (we know the sequence of sounds and rhythms as we have heard the same alarm throughout South America too), the number of heavily armed police everywhere and the number of police checks along the road. Mostly, they wave us through. Sometimes, when we’ve had enough of slowing down and stopping for nothing, we just wave at them with a big smile and drive off!! And luckily, you won’t experience the smell of dog, which became wet dog, and finally wet horse which we have worn every morning in Central America – our clothing has got progressively wetter and has not managed to dry out by the morning. You can tell the time of the day each photo was taken based on the colour of the sky and the clouds.

Central American villages love to use “reductors” to slow traffic down. Some are easily rideable on a bike, others are serious humps. They are often perfect opportunities for us to overtake slow trucks but sometimes, when they are spaced literally every 50 metres, they can be a bit painful. Some villages though build their own humps so they are not that visible as they don’t paint the warning stripes over them.

People in Central and South America have great concern for their motorcars safety and wellbeing. This goes as far as to have hotels that allow you to take your car into the bedroom with you. The Auto hotels as they are known allow you to drive, with your partner into garage attached to the bedroom and close the door behind you for privacy for you and your car. As most of us do not sleep for 24 hours, you, your car and partner can rent the room by the hour. What enlightened hotel management that think of your wallet and your cars safety.

Hope you enjoy the ride 🙂

Anne & Anthony

Great meeting fellow rider Carlos at BMW San Jose

Great meeting fellow rider Carlos at BMW San Jose

That's the only monkey we saw - Costa Rica road sign

That’s the only monkey we saw – Costa Rica road sign

Stunning trees in Costa Rica

Stunning trees in Costa Rica


Our wrong turn left looking for Costa Rica exit border post

Our wrong turn left looking for Costa Rica exit border post


El Savador border Municipality tax counter

El Savador border Municipality tax counter

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Pelican diving for fish at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Pelican diving for fish at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Anthony body surfing at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Anthony body surfing at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur beach, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur beach, Nicaragua

It was windy in Nicaragua

It was windy in Nicaragua

Poincianas throughout Central America reminded us of home - here in Nicaragua

Poincianas throughout Central America reminded us of home – here in Nicaragua

We could be anywhere in the world - here in Nicaragua

We could be anywhere in the world – here in Nicaragua


Rocking chairs for sale roadside in Nicaragua

Rocking chairs for sale roadside in Nicaragua


Nandaime, Nicaragua

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Nandaime, Nicaragua

That's one straight stretch of road in Nicaragua, near Nagarote

That’s one straight stretch of road in Nicaragua, near Nagarote

Chinandega, Nicaragua

Chinandega, Nicaragua

Chinandega, Nicaragua

Chinandega, Nicaragua

Leaving Chinandega, Nicaragua

Leaving Chinandega, Nicaragua

Leaving Chinandega, Nicaragua

Leaving Chinandega, Nicaragua


Approaching the Nicaragua-Honduras border post

Approaching the Nicaragua-Honduras border post


Honduras border post

Honduras border post


So many volcanoes in Central America - here in Honduras

So many volcanoes in Central America – here in Honduras

Honduras

Honduras

Lizard seller in Honduras

Lizard seller in Honduras

More volcanoes in Honduras

More volcanoes in Honduras


More fabulous clouds just over the border into El Savador, at El Amatillo

More fabulous clouds just over the border into El Savador, at El Amatillo

Long day to San Miguel - here coming up to El Caemen, El Savador

Long day to San Miguel – here coming up to El Caemen, El Savador

Another wet end to the day in San Miguel, El Savador

Another wet end to the day in San Miguel, El Savador

Transport in El Savador

Transport in El Savador

Coconut sellers in El Savador

Coconut sellers in El Savador

Police going to work in El Savador

Police going to work in El Savador

So many police checks - here in El Savador

So many police checks – here in El Savador

Guatemala here we are!!

Guatemala here we are!!

Guatemala hammocks

Guatemala hammocks

It is 'red team' territory - in other areas, the red rocks were painted over in white in Guatemala

It is ‘red team’ territory – in other areas, the red rocks were painted over in white in Guatemala

Love these tropical storms as they build

Love these tropical storms as they build

Another storm brewing for us on our way to Guatemala City

Another storm brewing for us on our way to Guatemala City

Guatemala don't have emissions control

Guatemala don’t have emissions control

This emergency truck escape line started further up the hill, cutting out sharp bends - Guatemala

This emergency truck escape line started further up the hill, cutting out sharp bends – Guatemala

Cheese balls and other delicacies in Santa Lucia, Guatemala

Cheese balls and other delicacies in Santa Lucia, Guatemala

Another glorious poinciana, Jalpatagua, Guatamela

Another glorious poinciana, Jalpatagua, Guatamela

Cuilapa, Guatemala

Cuilapa, Guatemala


Rio Madre Vieja in Guatemala

Rio Madre Vieja in Guatemala

Another Auto Hotel in Guatemala

Another Auto Hotel in Guatemala


Guatamelan family

Guatamelan family

14 comments on “Life along Central America’s Panamerican Hwy

  1. I have your new money making venture when you get home, a motor hotel for Brisbane. Could spin the coin required for the next trip in a few weeks!

    Superb photos folks.

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  2. Loved the ride! What a visual feast so thank you for including more photos. Grateful to not smell the “wet horse”… it must have bucketed each day. Have you had an opportunity to use a washing machine and really dry them out yet? xx

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  3. Are the lizards sold as pets or eaten ? Quite ghastly but it appears all is for sale ! What a neat idea -parking your bikes safely . Hope you are able to “dry out” at some point along the way .xxxx

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    • After I took that photo, I said to Anthony we should stop at the next one and find out more, but next village, next speciality and we didn’t see them again. I presume both – live and for food. We haven’t stayed at an auto hotel yet – they have all sorts of “toys” in room for their guests we hear… Xx

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  4. Thanks for the pictures, such brilliant scenery. They allow me to see how my armchair adventure is progressing. Fortunately, from the safety of my chair I don’t have to smell the wet dog and horse, is it the clothing or has Anne passed her ‘sell by’ date ? You should have stopped for an hour or two at an Auto Hotel to get out of those damp things and dry off. I’m sure they have female attendants standing by to help you.
    Now that your camera is working again, how about some video so we can compare the traffic mentality from different continents. I do envy you (the ride I mean, not the smell !)
    Throttle on

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    • Video is up for your viewing. We have managed with the help of the washing machine to remove wet dog smell from Mexico City. You should probably get out of the couch from time to time to give it a clean as well.

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  5. Did anyone else burst out laughing on reading you could take your bikes into your hotel bedroom? I’ve heard of pet dogs sometimes being allowed but never bikes. So many interesting photos to comment on and the one of stunning trees in Costa Rica could be a painting by David Hockney. xx

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    • Those auto hotels are so that friends, neighbours, clients or colleagues don’t spot your car… ‘Nough said, know what I mean, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more…!! I absolutely loved those trees too. Xx

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  6. Dear Slow Speeds,
    Can you please slow down a bit more and give us a sporting chance?
    Your lepidoptera friends,
    M. & Madame Butterfly

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