Central America

Why Central America?

Mayan ruins and mysterious landscapes create an air of intrigue in Central America, all beneath the tropical sun.

From Cuba to Guatemala, Central America offers a diverse blend of cultures, spanning the indigenous, colonial and multicultural. This is a region where you can explore Mayan temples deep in the jungle, immerse yourself in Afro-Cuban rhythms in Old Town Havana and master traditional Mexican cuisine in equal measure.

What kind of activities can you expect from our Central American adventures? You’ll explore the mysterious cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula, and relax on the soft white beaches of Isla Holbox. You’ll kayak through the mangroves of Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica, before hiking the Arenal Volcano. And you’ll zipline through the rainforest in Belize, before escaping to a picture-perfect Caribbean island where you’ll swim with reef sharks and manta rays.

Central America facts

From cuisine to wildlife, here are a few things you should know about Central America

Demographic

Central America’s population is around 178 million people. Guatemala has the highest population amongst the region’s countries with nearly 15 million inhabitants, while Panama is home to around 3.6 million people.

Heritage

The regional cultures of Central America are a blend of Mayan, African and European influences. You’ll encounter a strong indigenous culture in Guatemala, and Cuba brims with Afro-Hispanic charm.

Food

The classic staples of the Central American diet are rice, beans and corn. Famous dishes include baleadas (from Honduras), ceviche and arroz con pollo (Cuba). The Central American diet is considered one of the world’s healthiest.

Landscapes

Central America boasts a lush, volcanic landscape, fringed by the Pacific Ocean to one side and the serene Caribbean Sea on the other. This offers some of the most biodiverse countries on earth, with a strong sense of pura vida.

Wildlife

Venture into Central America’s rainforests, and you’ll find a vast range of tropical wildlife, from monkeys and snakes to parrots and toucans. Costa Rica is famous for its natural abundance, accounting for nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity.

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