Roughly beginning in southern Mexico, Central America is wonderfully colourful and is home to millions of people crowded into a tectonically active zone. In addition to the Mexican states of Chiapas and Yucatan, I have loved travelling through Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. There is a collective history, yet each has its own story to tell …
From active volcanoes to pristine beaches this tropical region is alive with diversity. Sadly much of the region is defined by poverty and a legacy of civil war and violence. Of course as a shinning (and rather expensive) exception in environmentally conscious Costa Rica which proudly has no army!
The region has so many highlights, it is hard to name just a few, but lets try one for each country:
Belize: This English-speaking country offers a fascinating mix of cultures. While Belize is a major destination for diving, I am actually going to pick a culture to learn about. Meet the Garifuna people
Honduras: Scarred by a shockingly high level of violence, Honduras still offers a great deal to visitors. Although certainly ‘discovered’ the island Roatan has avoided the violence of the mainland and hosts a thriving tourism industry
Nicaragua: With a stable government a growing economy and the region’s largest lake, Nicaragua has become a popular retirement destination. It may also soon compete with the Panama Canal as a route from the Pacific to the Caribbean!
Panama: Known specifically for its canal across this isthmus country, I remain fascinated by the virtually impassable Darien Gap severing what should be a single route from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska …
The Darien Gap: