By opting for a biodiversity-focused trip to Central America, you will discover an extraordinary natural world that you will never forget. Hidden in this part of the globe are unique natural sites where different species coexist in harmony. To see this for yourself, the best plan is to choose a multi-destination option that allows you to explore different places and everything they have to offer.
Panama’s natural parks, an incredible treasure to be discovered
We begin our journey in Panama, home to 9% of the world’s known bird species (with more species than Europe and North America combined). This particular area is where the north and south of the American continent intersect, making it a place where flora and fauna merge with an unparalleled natural wealth.
To enjoy all these treasures, there is nothing quite like going to one of Panama’s natural parks. One such park is the Baru Volcano, the highest point in the country. It has five ecosystems and there you can see a spectacular sunset.
Alternatively, you could opt for the Santa Fe National Park in the middle of the rainforest. Its waterfalls are one of its main attractions, but it is also worth visiting for the living creatures that hide in the dense vegetation. A place to experience a real adventure in nature, as there are no built-up areas.
The Belize Barrier Reef, a hub for biodiversity
Next stop is Belize, a country bathed in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. On the subject of biodiversity in this country, what immediately comes to mind is the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world. If you are a diving or snorkelling enthusiast, you will discover a unique underwater world with its multicoloured fish.
But there is much more to this particular area, which is 75% jungle. The flora is one of its many attractions: sapotes, mahogany trees and giant ceibas are just some of the area’s native tree species. You can see all of this, as well as animals like howler monkeys, jaguars, iguanas and coatis.
The birds deserve special mention. Parrots, toucans and frigatebirds have their natural habitat in this small stretch of land. If you are a birdwatcher, this is an essential stop on your multi-destination trip to Central America.
El Salvador, a country where city meets nature
To complete our triptych, let’s make a stop in El Salvador – this time seeking a different experience, a place where nature and city merge. This is exactly what the country’s capital, San Salvador, has to offer.
Less than an hour’s drive away, you will discover the natural area of El Boquerón, a very popular reserve full of trails. Here, you can see raccoons or deer with the crater of a volcano in the background.
Another option, with a wide range of activities, is the Bicentennial Park. This park organises all sorts of talks and workshops where you can explore the rich biodiversity of the country and learn how institutions help to care for it. You can also choose from a long list of guided tours to see reptiles and amphibians that inhabit this immense green space.
Biodiversity in Central America is a unique multi-destination sightseeing option. With a biodiversity tour, you’ll enjoy natural landscapes while immersing yourself in a rich, diverse culture. Enjoy Panama, Belize and El Salvador with a trip that takes in all three. Take a look at our multi-destination green blue Caribbean tour. You’ll be intrigued!