On Sep 19th (6 days from now) I'm leaving Wichita, KS and riding my VFR800 to Yaviza, Panama. I've got three weeks set aside for this trip. I've been north to Canada a few times, but this will be my first trip south of the border. There are a few things I'm curious about (and others I *should* be curious about if only I knew). The ones that come to mind are: 1. Am I going to be able to get by with a phrasebook? I don't know any Spanish. 2. Best maps for a Garmin GPS? I'm leaning towards gpstravelmaps.com simply because they seem to have all the Central American countries covered, and I'm going to pass through all of them. 3. How difficult are the roads? I plan on bringing a pair of offroad tires with me (TKC80 and Karoo 3) to put on my VFR at some point. Related, is it relatively easy to find places that will do this for me? 4. Who would you advise I go through for travel insurance? 5. How easy/difficult is it to find places to camp? Previously I've relied on a mix of roadside camping and actual campsites, but I don't know how things are down there. Any other things I need to take care of? Here's a rough outline of the route I was planning on taking. Of course, there will be variations from this: http://i.imgur.com/1ddjBIt.jpg EDIT: Mods, could this be moved to the Trip Planning: Americas forum if more appropriate there?