While it's been more than a decade since I've visited this wonderful part of the world, there is no question that it is one of the less safe places to travel. I'm sure some females do travel there on there own quite successfully, but you'd definitely need your wits about you and be a pretty seasoned traveller. I might ask some of my contacts who have been there more recently to offer an opinion ... over 9 years ago
Hmmm. it's a tough one as it will depend on your adrenalin stamina and sense of caution/risk. I agree with the above answer.
I was in Belize with my boyfriend and I felt I had to always be on my guard especially in Belize City. We wended further down to Placencia which at the time was (or felt) safe, but I've heard there's been a bit of crime watermarking the area. Buses break down frequently because of very bad roads. Thankfully we were wiling to hitch with passing trucks to keep us going towards Guatemala. If that doesn't daunt you as a solo traveler, then just be prepared for that possibly happening (I wouldn't do it though). Ditto for Guatemala. Be very on your guard n buses and take your bags inside the bus with you vs. on the to of the bus or in the luggage hold. I hitched there, but one ride was with a military general on leave and he said we were a little crazy for hitching and I was with a male friend too. Not that you are planning on hitching, but certainly, as a solo female even on the public buses, I'd be careful in that part of the world. over 9 years ago
Phil from the worldnomads.com safety hub here. You'll be travelling through Guatemala, Honduras and/or El Salvador - all nations with very high crime rates. Assault and robbery of tourists is not a rare occurrence, and there are places which are potentially dangerous - sadly too many to mention here.
I think you'd need to be an experienced traveller, with a high tolerance to risk, and the mind-set to overcome any potentially very serious personal challenges. Could you recover sufficiently to carry on if you were robbed or assaulted? I'm not saying these things are guaranteed to happen to you, and careful planning and a cautious attitude could minimize the risk, but I think you need to be prepared for a very arduous journey. If you do it I'm sure you'll meet some amazing people and have wonderful experiences, but this is a serious adventure not a holiday, and you should be prepared. over 9 years ago