CENTRAL AMERICA

Spanning so many different countries, Central America is brimming with diversity, beauty, and history.  From seaside beach escapes to breathtaking ancient ruins and bustling cities to sleepy villages. There are so many once-in-a-lifetime activities to engage in and places to visit throughout Central America that you could, literally, fill many bucket lists. Yet there are some areas that are truly must-see locations and unique adventures that make the Central America a bucket list for everyone should try and check off. If you’ve ever wanted to explore ancient ruins, immerse yourself in a totally different culture, stand in awe of a natural piece of beauty, get up close and personal with creatures of the jungle or try something new like zip-lining or deep-sea fishing, then Central America maybe the place to go.

 

Areas of Interest

 

  • Roatan; The island of Roatan is located 30 miles off the north coast of Honduras and boasts the world’s second largest coral reef. The reef attracts many fish, and is world known for scuba diving. Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands at about 77 kilometers (48 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) at its widest. The island has a number of beaches, all of which are public. Originally an English colony, and later ceded to Honduras, Roatan has a mixture of English and Spanish speaking natives. With two cruise ship ports, Roatan has become a cruise destination, and roads and beaches can be busy when ships are in port.

  • Mayan Ruins; The Mayan Civilization has long held a fascination for many people. Viewing the towering pyramids and intricate ruins can make memories that last a lifetime. Two of the best known locations that embody this vanished culture are the ruins in Tikal, Guatemala and Tulum, Mexico. Separated by only 600 kilometers, these two iconic locations symbolized the height and power of the Mayan culture. Visiting the imposing Temple of the Jaguar in Tikal or the majestic and well preserved “City of the Sun” in Tulum, Mexico can be an awe-inspiring reminder of how important enjoying each day is and that nothing is eternal. With nearby airport access to both sites, such in the Mayan Riveria, these temples are items that everyone should see and experience.

  • The Panama Canal; Since its completion in 1914, the Panama Canal has been the major waterway between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, fulfilling the dream envisioned for centuries. Modern tours through the Canal provide a special opportunity to view this engineering marvel and follow in the footsteps of explorers from the mists of history who had searched for this passage. Many cruise lines today offer a relaxing and scenic way to explore this modern marvel.

  • Guatemala City; Guatemala City, locally known as Guatemala or Guate, is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala, and the most populous in Central America. Guate is busy reinventing itself as a people-friendly city. Downtown Zona 1, for years a no-go zone of abandoned buildings and crime hot spots, is leading the way with the pedestrianized 6a Calle attracting bars, cafes and restaurants. Many travelers skip the city altogether, preferring to make Antigua their base. Still, you may want, or need, to get acquainted with the capital, because this is the hub of the country, home to the best museums and galleries, transport hubs and other traveler’s services.

  • Monteverde; Perhaps the best know cloud forest in the world, the Monteverde Cloud Forest has a charming and rare resident–the Resplendent Quetzal. Discovering this regal bird in the stunning backdrop of a cloud forest is a special treat that should be included on any travel list. Stand on the Continental Divide with one foot on the Caribbean side and the other on the Pacific-something that can’t be done any place else.

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