Central America has a tourism boom and solo adventurers are leading the way – Jornal Pequeno

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Central America and Mexico are climbing the popularity rankings for post-pandemic travelers, travel agents and tour operators say. New data from the hosting app Hostelworld reveals that the region has surpassed Europe in hostel bookings for the first time in 2022.

Reservations for Central America increased by 40% compared to 2019, considering the year as a parameter, since the following two are not considered by the restrictions imposed on tourism by the pandemic.

Although Central America is the focus of tourists, the increase in interest is most significant only among female travelers. This may come as a surprise, as several countries in the region – Costa RicaNicaragua, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize – show rates of violence that have discouraged travelers in the past.

British travelers are the biggest fans of Central American countries, with their in-app bookings up 78%. Mexico had an increase of 79%, Costa Rica 60%, and Guatemala 55%. For the first time, the three destinations are amongHostelworld’ss top 10 trends for solo women in 2022.

Online ticketing service Skyscanner has also seen a big jump in booking flights to Mexico. The site says that Mexico City has climbed 148 places in its global rankings in the past two years, from 197th to 49th. Cancun’s tourist favorite on the Mexican Riviera rose 43 places, from 124th to 80th.

Why is Central America so attractive to travelers?

CentralAmerica’ss rise in popularity makes sense, given the growing demand for nature-based travel since the pandemic. InHostelworld’ss March 2022 solo travel survey, 74% of solo travelers said they are looking for experiences in nature and the natural world.

Additionally, individual travel is rising as people reevaluate their lives in the wake of the pandemic. Solo travelers are being drawn to nature-driven destinations like Costa Rica. About 49% of respondents said they are traveling only because they want to prioritize life experiences for a while.

Cost is also undoubtedly a factor in CentralAmerica’ss popularity when prices affect many people’s purchasing power, including on vacation.

On Budget Your Trip, a website that calculates the cost of travel worldwide, Guatemala is ranked as the cheapest country to travel to in Central America. An individual tourist’s average daily travel costs are estimated to be US$39. Conversely, Costa Rica is ranked as the second most expensive country in the region, with an average daily travel cost of US$69.

Comparing these figures with the most popular travel destinations in Europe, the same index estimates the daily cost of travel in France to be US$186; and in Spain, US$ 119.

Best hostels for solo travelers in Central America

The quality of the hostels is another excellent attraction for those traveling to Central America. InHostelworld’ss annual OSCAR awards, two of the five overall winners were from the region in 2022. Che Tulum Hostel and Bar won the “The People Perso” category. The property is located in one of Mexico’s most popular destinations, with a beautiful white sand beach and Tulum ruins at your door.

Offering both private rooms and shared dorms, the hostel is popular with solo travelers for its on-site bar, hot tub, social nights, and hands-on staff. A double room with a bathroom costs about $45 a night.

At OSCAR, Palmar Beach Lodge in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, won the “Eco Warrior” category. The hostel proves that immersive nature experiences can be cheap in Central America with a prime beachfront location on an island archipelago.

Famous for its beach cleanups with guests, Palmar is powered by 100% renewable energy. It uses only recycled rainwater on-site and contributes to projects in the surrounding community. Lodging costs about $20 a night in a dorm. Several private options include tents, basic doubles with shared bathrooms, and deluxe double suites that start at $229 a night.

Costa Rica is a beacon for nature lovers.

Although it only covers 0.03% of the earth’s surface, Costa Rica contains almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity. The region’s landscape is characterized by volcanoes, rainforests, and sandy beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The country is a pioneer in sustainable tourism. Conservation areas protect about 25% of Costa Rica.

In 2022, CostaRica’ss Sustainable Tourism Certification scheme celebrated its 25th year. More than 400 tourism companies in the country have been certified. The government also eliminates fossil fuels and runs almost entirely on renewable energy.

CostaRica’ss popularity encompasses several differentiators in the tourism market. As well as becoming increasingly sought after by budget travelers, it is a favorite destination for sustainable luxury tourism.

 

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