Backpacker's Survey of Central America

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The below table is a recapitulative table of all the backpackers surveys we conducted or received via the site's forms. Considering that most of the backpackers we asked did not visit all the countries nor answer all the surveys, such a comparative table is obviously subjective.  

See also Passplanet's Survey of Central America

 

Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama
Nb surveyed 51 24 17 45 17
Minimum stay 3W 2W 1W 1W 1W
       
Attractions 3 16.94 14.50 14.35 16.44 12.94
Cities 2 11.92 10.83 14.12 11.11 11.53
Nature 3 18.82 16.50 13.88 18.49 15.53
Culture 3 15.53 10.50 9.18 7.91 10.12
Food 2 12.94 13.00 12.71 12.36 9.75
Infrastructures 2 13.10 11.83 12.47 12.80 15.06
Cost 3 17.33 18.33 16.71 11.02 11.06
Safety 2 12.24 12.00 12.47 15.47 12.47
Cleanliness 1 8.39 10.67 10.59 13.24 12.47
Pollution 2 9.41 9.00 9.65 11.82 12.47
Shopkeepers 2 14.20 12.33 12.94 13.33 12.71
Local people 3 16.86 15.00 16.50 14.67 13.88
Entertainment 1 11.67 12.53 10.67 13.86 9.85
Shopping 1 16.16 11.45 10.00 12.27 15.29
Value-for-money 5 18.04 16.83 15.53 12.44 11.76
       
Generally (1) 10 17.80 14.33 14.59 13.87 14.12
No1 No3 No2 No5 No4
       
Criteria (2) 45 15.74 13.88 13.67 13.33 12.80
No1 No2 No3 No4 No5
       
Like ? 100% 92% 100% 98% 88%
Come back ? 94% 88% 88% 78% 71%
Recommend ? 100% 96% 100% 91% 88%
       
Global (3) 15.74 12.19 13.67 11.87 9.97
No1 No3 No2 No4 No5
Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama

(1) "Generally" Rate :  what the backpackers generally think of the country
(2) "Criteria" rate :  we weighted separately each criteria according to its relative importance (number next to each criteria)
(3) "Global" rate : we multiplied the "Criteria" rate by the percentage of backpackers who liked the country and those who would recommend it to their friends. We did not include the "Would happily come back" results as the size of the country usually influences the answer.