Introduction to Central America including Mexico
At first glance, the countries of Central America can seem to blend into one - the thin strip of land that connects North and South America being separated almost at random into countries that appear to have similar histories and culture. But delving a little deeper, there is so much amazing variety and cultural difference between the eight small countries that stretch between Mexico and Panama.
Wildlife and adventure
A highlight for wildlife lovers would certainly be exploring the lush green rainforests of Costa Rica
in search for birdlife, lazy sloths and playful spider monkeys residing in the tree tops. An overwhelming 6% of the world's biodiversity is contained here, within only 0.03% of the earth's surface, and the National Parks and hotels are proud of their efforts to keep the tropical forests and coastal regions pristeen. Costa Rica will also wow you with it's appetite for adventure - fly through the tree tops on a zip wire, climb up a volcano or go whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, all while being surrounded by stunning nature.
Ancient cultures and modern history
On an Explore trip to Central America you will find an incredible contrast between the old and new. There are hundreds of ancient Maya sites between the Yucatan Peninsula
and Honduras, with Copan and Chichen Itza being two of the best known, while in Guatemala
we find the ancient culture still alive in their colourful dress and use of the Maya language. Journeying through Central America
you come to Nicaragua's modern history, a tale of bloody revolution and civil war which contrasts sharply with Costa Rica, a country that doesn't even have an army.
The Caribbean coastline stretches throughout Central America, creating some beautiful beach locations to break up your adventures. The islands of Bocas del Toro
in Panama and Roatan in Honduras are the idyllic white-sand experiences that you expect from a Caribbean beach holiday, while the hidden gem Belize
has a Barrier Reef to rival Australia's, with snorkelling to match.