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Explore: Central America

It’s easy to overlook the thin stretch of land that connects North and South America – after all, how much can you really fit into such a small space?

Holidays to Central America

Encompassing Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, this region serves up a profusion of history, culture, wildlife and adventure.

For starters there’s the pre-Columbian heritage. The Unesco-protected ancient Maya town of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the Maya civilisation. Panama is made up of eight unique indigenous groups, while fascinating pre-Columbian art can be found in the galleries of Granada, Nicaragua. The area’s colonial history can be seen in the architecture of towns such as Antigua in Guatemala and Leon in Nicaragua.

Encompassing Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, this region serves up a profusion of history, culture, wildlife and adventure

And then there’s the natural beauty. Most of Central America is teeming with wildlife and carpeted with jungle and cloud forests, punctuated by waterfalls and volcanoes. In fact, there are dozens of active volcanoes here – perfect for experiencing Mother Nature at her most volatile and most beautiful.

Off-land, the options are just as thrilling. Whales, whale sharks, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles… the marine life inhabiting Central America’s waters will give any reef a run for its money. These waters – both Caribbean and Pacific – are fringed by white sands and swaying palm trees. If this isn’t untouched paradise, we don’t know what is.

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