With smatterings of Maya ruins and volcanoes within tangled jungles, an immense population of native wildlife, pristine bodies of water and vibrant cities – Central America is a nirvana for ‘green’ adventurers. It may be pocket sized compared to its northern and southern counterparts, but Central America offers more adventures than you can poke a stick at. Whether you’re zip-lining in Belize or mountain biking in Guatemala; surfing in El Salvador or trekking in Nicaragua, a tour in Central America will not disappoint.
Don’t miss these Central America attractions
- Humpback whale watching in the Gulf of Chiriqui
- Ruta de las Flores – The Flower Route in El Salvador
- Mayan ruins of Tikal near Antigua City
- Cusuco National Park in Honduras
- Caving in Belize
An ecological paradise
This ecological paradise is simply flourishing with dramatic landscapes and verdant tropical rainforests. Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica is one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments and a wonderful location to experience a wildlife tour. Volcano expeditions also abound – join guided treks up to Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano or horseback rides to Guazapa Volcano in El Salvador.
Those that can’t tear themselves away from the coastline can hop between the surf beaches of El Salvador and Guatemala, or hot foot it to the indigenous territories of San Blas Islands in Panama to explore the aquamarine waterways by canoe.
Ancient sites and vibrant cities
Each and every pocket of Central America offers a wealth of things to see and do but none as awe-inspiring or remarkable as the Mayan ruins. Experience a guided trek to Tikal near Antigua City to discover the mysteries of this ancient civilisation, or join a caving tour near San Ignacio to unearth a subterranean world filled with Mayan artefacts.
Not just ancient sites and dense jungles, the cities of Central America are bursting with civic pride, cosmopolitan vibes and historic gems. Cross the Panama Canal by boat for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, jostle your way through the famed Chichicastenango markets in Guatemala, and admire the colonial architecture of Nicaragua’s Granada.