Central America travel destinations
Central America is a great travel site. With its combination of rich history and great scenic views, Central America will surely charm any traveler that books a flight.
Guatemala starts off the list of travel spots in Central America. The Maya ruins in Tikal, Guatemala certainly helps in this country’s growing tourism. Considered as one of the world’s largest Maya ceremonial centers, the Tikal Maya ruins are the site for many excavation and archaeological discoveries that would fascinate any traveler to Central America. It has been believed to house a population of 50,000 people until it was abandoned by the Mayans for reasons no one knows sometime in the 10th century. The sites feature temple pyramids that are elaborately worked and designed. Other impessive Mayan ceremonial sites can be found in Uaxactún, Quiriguá, and Mirador. Colorful Mayan fabrics can be bought as souvenirs for their travels in Central America.
Costa Rica is another travel spot in Central America that no one should dare miss. Rich in culture, Costa Ricans frequently celebrate festivals in honor of their patron saints. This is one event that travelers to Central America should put in their must attend list. Travelers in Central America will have a lot of hiking to do as one-third of the country’s land area is covered by Forest. One of those that are open to tourists is the Braulio Carillo National Park. The Velvetworm is another point of fascination in Costa Rica and a scientific wonder that will interest travelers in Central America. Found in the country’s vast rain forests, it has the characteristics of both the joint-legged animals and the segmented worms.
The Panama Canal is another noteworthy Central America travel spots. Joining the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans and connecting the Caribbean Sea with Pacific, the canal is about 82 kilometers long. A project that was started by the French but was later abandoned, the US government continued the project when it gained construction rights in 1903. It was opened for traffic on 1914 and it was only in 1999 that Panama gained sovereignty over the canal. In addition to Panama City, Panama’s largest cities are Colón, David, Santiago, Penonomé, and Chitré.
El Salvador has also a lot to offer the Central America traveler. One travel destination is San Salvador, its capital, which is marked with a rich culture and architectural flair. Destroyed largely by earthquakes, scenic parks, modern buildings, and plazas have now been erected in place. El Salvador is also home to the Santa Ana Volcano, which is the highest point in the country.
Honduras, another Central America travel country, boasts of great beaches and resorts. Like Guatemala, it also has its Mayan ruins located in the northwester part. Copan, another ceremonial center of this ancient civilization is one of the greatest archaeological sites in this part of the world. People in Honduras are also quite artistic and one of the popular places that travelers in Central America should visit is the School of Fine Arts in Comayagua.
Definitely not the last on the list is Nicaragua, whose popular Central America travel spot would be the Mosquito Coast. These inland areas are covered with rain forests. The area, in fact, receives the highest rain of all in the region.