Using eSIM's during a Central America getaway!

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A haven of Caribbean beaches, ancient marvels, markets and active volcanoes

Central America is a collection of seven beautiful countries. The gorgeous Caribbean beaches in the east offer crystal clear water, small markets and boat tours to the many small islands off the coast. In the bustling city centers that dot the region you can browse through large local markets and find amazing street food and traditional hand crafts. Alternatively, you can book one of the local tours around the historic areas that surround each city, most of which are home to ancient Mesoamerican ruins. Perhaps the most amazing of all is the ring of active volcanoes in the regions North west. Guatemala is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcan de Fuego, a two day hike up an adjacent volcano (Acatenango) that rewards you with spectacular views of lava and ash showers from the top of de Fuego. For me, this was one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life.

Getting around

All hostels and hotels will offer to organize a private shuttle to neighboring cities, countries, attractions and landmarks. Unlike South east Asia, small motorized transportation isn't extremely common unless you are located in small tourist-oriented areas. Chicken buses are a very cheap option, but have a significantly elevated risk and unreliability record. Although I have not encountered any troubles on chicken buses, follow the travel guides offered by your national government. Overall, travel in Central America is generally cheap and safe, and private shuttles are recommended.

Staying Connected

Many areas in Central America are significantly lacking modern infrastructure. I found Guatemala to be one of the worst in the region with frequent power outages in some towns and extremely unreliable mobile data. Some countries in the region rely on two telecommunications providers - Claro and Tigo. Often, one telecommunications provider will have areas where they don't cover, and the other provider will.

For this reason it is extremely important to use an eSIM while travelling. eSIMs Connect to the fastest and most available network in your area, so no matter where you travel the likelihood of having mobile data is significantly increased. This is critical for non-spanish speaking travelers as you will need directions, translation apps, Google/Apple Maps and other digital helpers to navigate the country, book accomodation, tours and shuttles.

Planning to go to Central America anytime soon?

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Happy travels!

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