Central America’s colourful culture varies from region to region from the Caribbean feel of Belize to the Mayan cultures of Guatemala and Mexico. Bask on the broad white sands of Caribbean beaches, shop in colourful highland markets, dance the night away in Cancun and delve into the wild green areas of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Discover atmospheric colonial cities and explore temples of ancient civilisations like Tikal, Palenque and Copán.
Search for Jaguars and climb volcanoes, swim with turtles and watch glorious sunsets from colourful hammocks and quiet secluded islands. Soar the world’s first zip-lines and sail across one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. Enjoy the coffee from Costa Rica, chocolate from Guatemala, tequila from Mexico and seafood throughout.
The iconic “Blue Hole” reef dive is a day-trip away from most of Belize’s dive resorts, with opportunities to see reef and bull sharks and fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations. In Mexico the primary destinations are Cozumel, the Yucatan Peninsula (Cenote Diving and Whale/Great White Shark sightings), and Baja. The Honduran Bay Islands offer outstanding reef systems and draw divers from all over the world. Part of the second largest barrier reef in the world, they feature vibrant coral, multicolored tropical fish, sponges as big as refrigerators and pelagic species such as manta rays, sea turtles and whale sharks.
For a truly luxurious experience of this wonderful part of the world we highly recommend the beautiful resorts of Costa Rica. With Pacific and Caribbean coastlines there are an endless choice of gorgeous beaches for you to relax and unwind, where the only sounds will be the waves washing against the shore, and perhaps the occasional call of a howler monkey high in the distance. With great infrastructure and the highest standards of guest service Costa Rica is a place to let your cares drift away as you unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the “Pura Vida”.
Titkal is the largest ancient city of the Maya civilization, located in Guatemala and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture at the site dates to the 4th century BC, and Tikal reached the height of its importance ca. 200 AD to 850 AD, during which time the site dominated the Maya region. For comparison, Machu Picchu was built around 1450 and abandoned in 1572. Even those who aren’t as interested in ancient history will be fascinated by this incredible site, in the middle of the jungle and teeming with exotic wildlife such as Howler Monkeys and Toucans. The island city of Flores is the best base to begin your exploration.
Costa Rica is a lush country where nature is on display in all its splendor thanks to extraordinary biodiversity. At certain times of the year, the week before new moon, hundreds and thousands of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach at Ostional to dig their eggs into the black, volcanic sand. Prompted by some secret signal, the “arribada” begins when a few hundred turtles come out on the beach. This is followed by a steady stream for the next three to seven days. Add this experience to searches for sloths, monkeys, tree-frogs, spectacular bird-watching and lush jungle and Costa Rica is a nature-lovers paradise.
Nicaragua is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches & surfing in the world. The beach town of San Juan del Sur has become the main tourist destination within Nicaragua and is a town so mellow that its chief concern is hitching a ride out to one of the beaches tucked along the coast to the north and south. There are an abundance of great spots to keep all level of surfer entertained. El Salvador offers one of the most consistent surfing environments in the world and the Costa Rican resort of Tamarindo combines a surf vibe with resort luxury.
The many volcanoes of Central America have been turned into an adventurers playground. From overnight camping excursions on Acetenango, to sand boarding Cerro Negro, to taking magma selfies at Masaya, there are almost as many activities available as there are volcanoes. The region has also carved a name for itself as a great spot for white water rafting. There are some renowned whitewater rafting stretches in Costa Rica and Panama. Adventurous activities are a great way to explore the jungles and countryside of Central America.