Best Central America Travel Quotes


I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Central America Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

All my blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

3 Central America Travel Quotes

“At the same time, there’s something magnificent about volcanoes; they created the atmosphere that we need for breathing.”
Werner Herzog

“Anti-communist campaigns in Central America—a region Reagan called “our southern frontier”—were especially helpful in focusing militancy outward. But Reagan’s Central American wars (which comprised support for the Contras in Nicaragua and death squads in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) generated millions of refugees, many, perhaps most, of whom fled to the United States. As they came over the border, they inflamed the same constituencies that Reagan had mobilized to wage the wars that had turned them into refugees in the first place.”
Greg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

“This place, our little cloud forest, even though we missed our papi, it was the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. We didn’t really know that then, because it was the only place we’d ever seen, except in picture in books and magazines, but now that’s I’ve seen other place, I know. I know how beautiful it was. And we loved it anyway even before we knew. Because the trees had these enormous dark green leaves, as a big as a bed, and they would sway in the wind.

And when it rain you could hear the big, fat raindrops splatting onto those giant leaves, and you could only see the sky in bright blue patches if you were walking a long way off to a friend’s house or to church or something, when you passed through a clearing and all those leaves would back away and open up and the hot sunshine would beat down all yellow and gold and sticky. And there were waterfalls everywhere with big rock pools where you could take a bath and the water was always warm and it smelled like sunlight.

And at night there was the sound of the tree frogs and the music of the rushing water from the falls and all the songs of the night birds, and Mami would make the most delicious chilate, and Abuela would sing to us in the old language, and Soledad and I would gather herbs and dry them and bundle them for Papi to sell in the market when he had a day off, and that’s how we passed our days.’

Luca can see it. He’s there, far away in the misty cloud forest, in a hut with a packed dirt floor and a cool breeze, with Rebeca and Soledad and their mami and abuela, and he can even see their father, far away down the mountain and through the streets of that clogged, enormous city, wearing a long apron and a chef’s hat, and his pockets full of dried herbs. Luca can smell the wood of the fire, the cocoa and cinnamon of the chilate, and that’s how he knows Rebeca is magical, because she can transport him a thousand miles away into her own mountain homestead just by the sound of her voice.”
Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt

4 Best Costa Rica Travel Quote

Costa Rica seduced the young solo traveler me in the mid-1990s with visions of tropical beaches, smoking volcanoes, abundant wildlife, and friendly locals.”
Wendy Yanagihara

“I taught English in Costa Rica before I went to college. I’m not an especially outdoorsy guy, but sometimes I would spot wildlife while whitewater rafting or walking in the rainforest at 5 A.M.”
John Krasinski

“As the eco- and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica has a worthy place in the cubicle daydreams of travelers around the world.”
Lonely Planet

Dramatic volcanoes, misty cloud forest, and deep river valleys make Costa Rica an ideal destination for the adventure minded.”
Travel and Leisure 

2 Best El Salvador Travel Quotes

“El Salvador has the scenery of northern California and the climate of southern California plus – and this was a relief – no Californians.”
P. J. O’Rourke

“Pupusa isn’t just a food, it’s a feeling among our country’s people that binds us together and has been tying us together for a long time. Long live El Salvador”

3 Best Guatemala Travel Quotes

“More than half of Guatemalans are pureblooded Indians, descendants of the proud Maya -Quiche tribes. In their mist-shrouded villages, the Indians worship the corn god and the rain god, only vaguely concerned with the political entity known as Guatemala.”
Stephen Kinzer

“I’ve been traveling in Guatemala in the rainforest, and here all these houses are made of sticks. It seems so easy to make one.”

“On first acquaintance, the mystery of the Mayans of Guatemala can seem simply bizarre, as it was when I first encountered Maximon the god.”
Nick Davies

“Perhaps the greatest Maya mystery of all is the cause of the civilization’s abrupt decline. The last dated stela erected at Tikal was put up in A.D. 869; the last anywhere in the Maya world, in 909.”
 David Roberts

5 Best Nicaragua Travel Quotes

Nicaragua has a little bit of everything. Beautiful beaches, great surfing, active volcanoes, nature preserves, freshwater lakes, jungle rivers, quaint colonial cities, and a good chunk of the country is not easy to access and off the beaten track (just the way I like it).”
Expert Vagabond

“Nicaragua is, a spectacularly beautiful country. The food is great. The rum even better. The people are proud, generous, funny and sophisticated at every level of society. I hope the show makes people want to visit this poor but beautiful nation with so much to offer to see not only what Nicaragua is, but what it can be.”
Anthony Bourdain

“Aqui Fue Granada” (“Here was Granada).”
William Walker’s Troops After Burning Granada, Nicaragua to the Ground in 1856

But Darío was born in, raised in and died in Nicaragua, and to them he’s 100 percent theirs.

‘He’s everything to us!’ said a night clerk in Granada.

‘He’s the identity of our culture!’ said the musician in Managua.

‘Want to hear a joke about Darío?’ asked the waitress. “It’s naughty.”

I’d come to Nicaragua last January not to surf or hike or do yoga on the beach, but to explore the profound love that Nicaraguans hold for a poet on what would have been his 150th birthday. Politicians would give speeches. There’d be parades and symposiums and recitals. For the moment I was in León, the intellectual hub of Nicaragua, where Darío’s ghost looms largest.
New York Times, The Inescapable Poet of Nicaragua, November 27, 2017

“Nicaragua is the largest of the Central American nations, yet it is also the most sparsely populated. Although Costa Rica, its neighbor to the south, has long been a bustling tourist destination, Nicaragua has only recently come into its own. Travel to Nicaragua if you’re looking for a rainforest adventure on the road less traveled—and less pricey.

Nicaragua has the largest area of primary-growth rainforest north of the Amazon, six active volcanoes and 550 miles of coastline dotted with sandy beaches and sleepy surf towns. There are few ancient ruins left in Nicaragua, but picturesque colonial towns–like Granada and Leon–make up for it with their pastel-painted churches and vibrant local festivals.”
Travel and Leisure

I am surprised how hard it was to put together this list of the best Central America travel quotes. The region seems perfectly made to solicit quotes. Few regions have such incredible touristic treasures as the colonial cities of Antigua, Guatemala, and Granada, Nicaragua, the incredible Costarrican biodiversity, and most of all, two of the best pre-Columbian (Mayan) ruins anywhere Tikal (pictured here) and Copan
I am surprised how hard it was to put together this list of the best Central America travel quotes. The region seems perfectly made to solicit quotes. Few regions have such incredible touristic treasures as the colonial cities of Antigua, Guatemala, and Granada, Nicaragua, the incredible Costarrican biodiversity, and most of all, two of the best pre-Columbian (Mayan) ruins anywhere Tikal (pictured here) and Copan

4 Best Panama Travel Quotes

Panama is a country that’s been dealing with issues of identity since its very birth. It was born on Wall Street. It was born out of engineering construction. It was the canal. Because of the canal, the country was born, so the country has been divided into pro-canal and against-canal people for so long.”
Edgar Ramirez

“Panama’s a really wonderful country. There’s obviously the Panama Canal, which brings a lot of tourism, and a huge American influence; it’s just a mix of so many great things: African, Caribbean, Latin American Spanish, all kinds of influences there.”
J. August Richards

“The Panama Canal was dug with a microscope.
Ronald Ross

“We’re naturally very happy. We have our problems in life but we forget them quickly and we start over; it’s a question of culture.”
Hildaura Ortega, 30, English professor, Panama City.

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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