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10 great places to visit in Central America

Published on June 8, 2015 under Central America
10 great places to visit in Central America

Central America is the thin stretch of land that joins North America and South America continents. It is composed of small countries, seven in number that are full of mixed cultures, ancient ruins, wildlife of tropical regions, beaches and active volcanoes. Mexico is considered as part of Central American because most of its culture and language is that of the Southern neighbors.

Roatan - Honduras

Roatan

One of the beautiful places to visit in Central America is Roatan. Roatan is known for Scuba diving and cruise ship and is the largest in Bay islands. It is located along the east coast of Honduras and the Roatan beaches offers many opportunities like diving, swimming, kayaking and watching dolphins.

"Monteverde puente" by Haakon S. Krohn - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Monteverde puente” by Haakon S. Krohn – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Montervede Cloud Forest Reserve

This is a forest reserve in Central Costarica called Montervede cloud. This is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Central America because of its intriguing natural beauty. Tourists enjoy a number of activities in this place like canopy tours and ziplining. This reserve is rich in biodiversity and is a great habitat for over 400 bird species, mammals, monkeys, amphibians and reptiles. Many plant species also thrive in this region with the majority being orchid plants.

Belize - Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize with a tropical climate that is favorable for wearing shorts and flip-flops. The coral reef along Ambergris Caye, Belize, is second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is a great place to scuba dive, relax on the white sand beaches and enjoy a unique mode of transportation: golf carts.

Antigua - Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is a site not to miss when touring Central America. Antigua is an old attractive colonial town and a top destination for many tourists in this region. It is a great center for learning Spanish. Nature walks are very refreshing with a magnificent view of architecture, outstanding landmarks like Santa Catalina Arch and historical churches.

"Ometepe". Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Ometepe“. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Ometepe Island

Ometepe is located in the Nicaragua Lake, the same lake that the Spanish conquerors called the ‘fresh water sea’ because of its size. The name Ometepe means ‘two hills’ in the native ‘náhuatl’ language. The island has an hourglass shape, measures 276 square kilometers and it has two majestic volcanoes connected through a small strip of land. Ometepe is currently one of the destinations admired for the two volcanos, its nature, hospitality, beautiful landscapes, a rich archeological background, its numerous natural reserves and forests and relaxing beaches.

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

For the nature lover, visiting the hatching ground for sea turtles can be a once in a lifetime experience. Tortugero, on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica is the place where green, leatherback, and the rare hawkbill turtles can be seen nesting and hatching in the cycle of life. The National Park is also home to jaguars, tapirs, macaws, and monkeys.

Lake Atitlan - Guatemala

Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America, shaped by deep surrounding escarpments and three volcanoes on its southern flank. The views are incredible. Lake Atitlán is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world; German explorer Alexander von Humboldt and writer Aldous Huxley were deeply moved by the beauty of it. Climb the three volcanoes. San Pedro, Atitlan and Toliman.

Granada - Nicaragua

Granada

Granada in Nicaragua also attracts many tourists and is worth visiting. It is one of the oldest and historic centers in Nicaragua. It features a lot of Spanish history and colonial architecture. It borders Lake Nicaragua and offers numerous opportunities for tourists to explore, like recreation activities, sightseeing, culture and artistry.

Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Arenal volcano

Tourists can also visit one of Costa Rica’s volcano that was very active and experienced frequent eruptions. The Arenal volcano that has been in a settled phase since 2010 and no eruptions have been experienced since then.  Its surrounding areas offer lovely sites to view and engaging activities.

Copan

Copan

To understand the Mayan government, astronomy and culture, visit Copan. It is a huge complex composed of two pyramids, plazas, temples made of stone and altars that symbolize the Mayan history, religion, events and culture.

If you are dreaming of adding any of these destinations to your next adventure vacation, we are happy to help you make it a reality.

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