Central America is the thin section of land that links the North American Continent with the South American Continent. It is made up of 7 small tropical countries.
Immediately south of Mexico lies Guatemala. This country is loaded with incredible natural, historical and cultural appeal. Guatemala is the birthplace of the ancient Maya and even though their rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago, Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands. There are opportunities to visit Baroque churches which date back to the Spanish Conquest. Even though it isn’t very prosperous, it still attracts travellers year in year out to take in the country’s outstanding cultural legacy and natural beauty.
Panama has long been one of the world’s greatest crossroads, far before the construction of the famous Panama Canal. A visit to Panama City’s colourful old quarter and it’s faded grandeur will give you a real taste of life here as you wander through the streets. There are many things to do including a visit to the world famous Panama Canal which is accessible by boat or train. You could take a trip to the Chiriqui Highlands with it’s cool mountain air and fine coffee you’ll be glad you came here to take in the untouched cloudforest.
Belize is the most expensive country in Central America. It’s reliable transport and numerous hotels and restaurants make it an ideal place to travel independently. Belize offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the region with thick, tropical rainforests stretching up to the misty heights of Maya Mountains – it certainly is a sight to behold. Just offshore lies the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the longest reef in the Americas as well as the jewel in Belize’s natural crown.
Whilst Central America isn’t the most luxurious of places to visit, it will certainly make you feel you are at one with nature and your surroundings and no doubt leave you wanting to visit the more laid back life more.