Central America

Lying between North and South America, the seven countries of Central America -Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá- take pride in being habitat to 8% of the world’s biodiversity, while covering only 1% of the planet’s surface.

Visiting Central America is like dousing yourself in the essence of exoticism and smiles and immersing yourself into a myriad of tourist and cultural activities offered in each of the countries of the isthmus; a region where you can discover the mysteries of an ancient culture that remains intact to this day. In places like Joyas del Cerén in El Salvador, Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras, you will travel through time and encounter its timeless cities, discover the meaning of the famous ball game they played or see where Maya rituals were carried out.

 

Besides for discovering the 25 indigenous groups that dazzle you with the intense colourful motifs of their hand-woven cloth and the captivating rhythm of the traditional dances of the garífuna (a combination of the Caribbean and Black African races), you will be amazed by the legacy of the colonial era, as you explore the streets of Granada and León, in Nicaragua, the city that saw the birth and gave inspiration to Rubén Darío, and the magnificent architecture of Antigua, Guatemala or the Casco Viejo of Panamá.

You can combine this cultural experience with one of the great attractions of the region: its virgin beaches, spectacular images of crystalline waters bathing the Caribbean coast, fine white sand and water sports, hidden within the depths of the world’s second longest coral barrier reef. On the other coast, the beaches of the Pacific are ideal for surfing and sports fishing.

 

You will find jungles, waterfalls, rivers and majestic volcanoes on your travels through the Central American lands, in search of adventure sports, such as mountain climbing, rafting or skiing on volcanic sands, and, the truth is that in Central America, respect for and enjoyment of nature go hand in hand, this being one of the pioneering regions in the phenomenon of ecotourism.

 

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BEST TIME TO

  • From May to October

    Although this is the beginning of the rainy season, the temperature is still warm, making it an excellent time to visit the colonial cities and archaeological parks.

    July through November sees the arrival of Humpback Whales and Dolphins in the Pacific and September and October give you a chance to see (and swim with) the largest fish in the sea, the Whale Shark off the Atlantic or Caribbean coast.

    This season is especially good to appreciate and witness the “arrivado” or arrival and nesting of the Green and Carey turtles on the Caribbean side.

  • From November to April

    Known as the dry season, this is the best time for enjoying the paradisiacal beaches, as well as for trekking to visit the ethnic groups living in the jungles.   

    December through March is the best time to see Humpback Whales and dolphins in the Pacific and March through April brings the impressive Whale Shark to the Atlantic Coast (Caribbean).

    This is also the best time to experience the arrival of sea turtles for nesting, another of the great privileges that Central America offers, where you can witness the laying of the Baula on the Pacific and the Parrot Beak turtle on the Caribbean side.

DO NOT MISS IT

Exploring a colonial city in a horse-drawn carriage in Nicaragua

Watching Dolphins and Whales in Costa Rica and Panamá

Climbing a Maya pyramid and discovering the mysteries of the civilization in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belice

Zip lining the jungle canopy in Costa Rica

A visit to the mangrove swamps to see the diversity of fauna and flora in Panamá, Belice and Honduras

Skiing on volcanic sands in Nicaragua

Crossing a hanging bridge in Costa Rica

Visiting a coffee farm in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala

Diving in the Blue Hole, in Belice

Witnessing the nesting of sea turtles in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá and El Salvador

Snorkelling in a volcanic lagoon in El Salvador

Swimming with dolphins in Honduras

Share life with an indigenous group and learn about its traditions in Guatemala and Panamá

Travelling from the Atlantic to the Pacific on a relaxing ride, in Panamá

Bird watching in Guatemala

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