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Central America Travel Guide

Central America Travel Guide

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Central America
Diverse and lively cultures dance on this land-bridge between North and South America.
A skinny bridge dividing oceans and connecting far larger Americas, beachlined and volcano-dotted Central America is the "new" great destination for activities and fun in Latin America. Many trips start with Costa Rica's upscale eco-lodges or Guatemala's Mayan ruins (despite the hype, Tikal still feels lost in the jungle) and highlands towns with moonshine-drinking saints. The Caribbean side of the region boasts white-sand shores and the Englishspeaking cultures of Belize, the Bay Islands (Honduras) and the Corn Islands (Nicaragua) - great places for cheap dives with sharks and stingrays. The best surfing is over on the rougher Pacific side - particularly Costa Rica's Peninsula de Nicoya, the "surf villages" in El Salvador's La Libertad, and the breaks near Leon, Nicaragua. Colonial towns like Grenada (Nicaragua) or Antigua (Guatemala) make great kick-back spots with hacienda-style B&Bs, traditional handicrafts, and local coffee brews to sip. Meanwhile, national parks and the untamed jungle - most notably the Darien Gap (Panama)_and the Mosquito Coast (Honduras) - make for untamed adventures. Buses zip from country to country, but if you hope to make any sense of the region, slow down. It's the Central American way.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve A beautiful mountain reserve.
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Copan A Mayan city that was abandoned in the 10th century.
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see more at tripwolf.com Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve A rare reserve of Central American tropical rainforest. see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.com Ruins of León Viejo One of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas.com Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua Remnants of a prosperous Mayan state.com . populated by indigenous people.Central America tripwolf. and containing varied plant and animal life.com generated by tripwolf.com not to miss Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site A volcanic tragedy. see more at tripwolf.

very few people live here.com Bocas Del Toro One of the most beautiful beaches in Central America.com Manuel Antonio Some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica are located in this national park.com tripwolf.puntaroca. address: San Juan del Sur.com .com recommendations from your friends places your friends recommend The best travel advice you get from friends who know your destination well. see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf. San Juan Del Sur A beautiful uncrowded beach. see more at tripwolf. Unfortunately you have not received any recommendations yet. see more at tripwolf.com you can connect with your friends and see their favorite places with just a few clicks.Central America not to miss Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo Magnificently built outposts of the Spanish Empire. address: Placencia see more at tripwolf.com.com generated by tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.com Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection Many unique plants and animals are found on the parks’s Islands.com Playa Tamarindo Part of nature preserve on the Cabo Velas cape. see more at tripwolf. beaches see more at tripwolf.com website: http://www. because well. beaches La Punta Roca Some of the best surf in El Salvador.com opening hours: The closest airport is Liberia. Guanacaste. On tripwolf.htm Placencia A laid back beach where very few people are worried about anything.com Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá The oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas.com Darien National Park An exceptional variety of habitats are found here. Nicaragua see more at tripwolf. and the world.sv/home_ingles.

Guatemala telephone: (502) 2367-2837 see more at tripwolf.com Cocos Island National Park An tropical rainforest concentrated on one little island. see more at tripwolf.com generated by tripwolf.com Playa conchal address: near Puerto Viejo.com US Military Bases Remnants of the US's 75 year long occupation of the Canal Zone.com Darien National Park An exceptional variety of habitats are found here.com tripwolf.com Copan A Mayan city that was abandoned in the 10th century.One of the great centers of the Mayan civilization. Pick one! see more at tripwolf. Guanacaste (Costa Rica) see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf. the whole thing is beaches. anyway. buried deep in the jungle. other names: Lamanai see more at tripwolf.tikalpark. translated from Mayan to mean Submerged Crocodile.com Lamanai Temples The second largest Mayan site in the world. see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.000 years old .com Coco Blanco Beach Any of the San Blas Islands is covered with the most incredible whit sand beaches. Petén.com address: Tikal.com Playa Hermosa Playa Hermosa: it means “beautiful beach” for a reason address: playa hermosa see more at tripwolf.com Sámara see more at tripwolf.Central America beaches Roatan So many private beaches due to the resorts. but since Roatan is such a small island.com culture & sights Tikal An old Mayan cultural center over 4. see more at tripwolf.com . sights website: www.

address: 6 calle final zona 10 Francisco Marroquin University Guatemala City 01010 Guatemala telephone: +502-331-3622 see more at tripwolf.biomuseopanama. see more at tripwolf.com Museo de Oro The largest collection of pre-Columbian gold in San Jose. address: Av. website: www.com tripwolf.com Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua Remnants of a prosperous Mayan state. Central/C.com The Bridge of Life Museum This new Frank Gehry designed museum is dedicated to the study of biodiversity. see more at tripwolf.com Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá The oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. Central-2 see more at tripwolf.com Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo Magnificently built outposts of the Spanish Empire.gt address: niversidad Francisco Marroquin 6a calle final zona 10 Guatemala 01010 telephone: +(502) 361. 15/Av.com Ruins of León Viejo One of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas.edu. see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.com Museo Popul Vuh Home to many amazing Mayan artifacts. Av. museums / galleries best time to go: Panama: Bridge of Life Museum of Biodiversity website: http://www.The owner is a very nice guy with excellent knowledge about inse.com Las Médulas Former source of gold for the Roman Empire see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.com Universidad Francisco Marroquín Guatemala's most rigorous university is also home to some of its greatest museums. 5 see more at tripwolf. Central/C. 3 see more at tripwolf.com generated by tripwolf.com Butterfly Museum Thousands of butterflies.Central America culture & sights Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site A volcanic tragedy..com .2301 see more at tripwolf.org/en/ address: Amador Causeway see more at tripwolf.com Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena A museum devoted to the country's indigenous inhabitants..com Museo Histórico Marino de Puntarenas address: Casa de la Cultura.ufm.com Museo Nacional Costa Rica’s history at a glance address: C. see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf. moths and other insects from Honduras and around the world.popolvuh.

6/C.com Lighthouse Reef Offshore Atoll system.com Lake Nicaragua one-line description to be added see more at tripwolf.com Lake Managua one-line description to be added see more at tripwolf.com generated by tripwolf.com tripwolf.com bodies of water Glover's Reef Offshore atoll which is known for kayaking and snorkeling from Southwest Caye.com Laguna de Apoyo Masaya's Tranquility see more at tripwolf.com Museo Nacional del Jade address: Av.com Museo Ecológico del Sabanero see more at tripwolf. Sandbore Cayes see more at tripwolf.com Laguna de Arenal (Arenalsee) Arenal Volcano for pyrotechnic magic see more at tripwolf.com Sittee River see more at tripwolf.com Gales Point Manatee see more at tripwolf. 2 see more at tripwolf.cr address: Av. Long Caye. Av. 3/C.go.com Lago de Atitlán Tranquil. 9 see more at tripwolf. such as Half-Moon Caye. North East Caye see more at tripwolf. 7/C.com . with numerous islands on it. volcanic lake surrounded by villages see more at tripwolf. 1 Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría website: www.com parks / zoos Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary see more at tripwolf.Central America culture & sights Serpentario address: Santa Elena see more at tripwolf.com nature & adventure Jardín Lankester The splendor of the tropics brought together in one garden see more at tripwolf.museojuansantamaria.com address: Casa de la Cultura (La Casona). Long Caye.

com national parks Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve A beautiful mountain reserve.Central America nature & adventure Poas Volcano Something you must check out when visiting San Jose. It's getting very steep.com Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System The largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.com Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area see more at tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.. far from the madding crowd website: www.com Cruz de Alajuelita see more at tripwolf. and containing varied plant and animal life.com see more at tripwolf.com Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection Many unique plants and animals are found on the parks’s Islands. see more at tripwolf.com generated by tripwolf.com Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio A national park full of beaches see more at tripwolf.cct. website: www.com Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Learning in the rainforest.quite exhausting to climb.. but an absolute must-see. see more at tripwolf.com Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve A rare reserve of Central American tropical rainforest. see more at tripwolf.com .or.com Tortuguero national park currency (code): CRC price level: 2 opening hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm other names: Parque Nacional Tortuguero rates and features: $7 for adults see more at tripwolf. populated by indigenous people.com Mountain Pine Ridge Area see more at tripwolf.cr telephone: 645 51 22 see more at tripwolf.com tripwolf. see more at tripwolf.com Reserva Nacional y Natural Montecristo see more at tripwolf.com Mayflower Bocawina National Park see more at tripwolf.com Barra del Colorado Living in jungle hotels see more at tripwolf.com mountains Concepcion The higher of the two volcanoes on the island Ometepe in Nicaragua Lake .monteverdeinfo.com Irazú (Vulcano) Early risers can enjoy the most beautiful view in the country see more at tripwolf.

com Tabacon Hot Springs Resort Arenal currency (code): CRC address: Po Box 181-1007 classification: 0 see more at tripwolf.Central America nature & adventure Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park Nature & Adventure .tripod. Box 14 classification: 4 Low rate: 236.com generated by tripwolf. Costa Rica see more at tripwolf.com trip to san blas islands kuna yala carti homestay kuna yala best time to go: 5:am website: http://archsanblas.5313 see more at tripwolf.0612 see more at tripwolf.com hotels Observatory Lodge Arenal currency (code): CRC price level: 2 address: La Fortuna classification: 4 Low rate: 36275.Pura Vida! address: Orotina.com/ address: Carti Islands telephone: (507) 67343454 email: sanblasadventures@yahoo.com hotels & accommodations Birds Eye View Lodge Belize City currency (code): BZD address: Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary classification: 0 see more at tripwolf.O.hotelmariposa.com address: Manuel Antonio telephone: 777 03 55 fax: 777 00 50 see more at tripwolf.com Sunbreeze Hotel San Predro currency (code): BZD price level: 3 address: 7 Coconut Drive P.com Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Hotel Arenal currency (code): CRC price level: 3 address: 13 Km West Of La Fortuna La Fortuna de San Carlos classification: 3 Low rate: 116470.4342 see more at tripwolf.com .com Mariposa Have breakfast overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park website: www.com Payment options: in cash see more at tripwolf.com tours / activities Hummingbird Highway see more at tripwolf.com tripwolf.

com Albergue Juvenil Toruma website: www.com address: Po Box 199 6350. see more at tripwolf. Costa Rica telephone: 234 91 86 fax: 224 40 85 see more at tripwolf. 29-31.Costa Rica classification: 3 Low rate: 50909.com address: Playa Azul Marbella telephone: 970-568-3528 email: info@thesanctuaryresort.com generated by tripwolf. quiet and next to the main sq. that is cultivated by the charming owner Dona Mafalda. Savegre Valley telephone: 506-2777-2250 email: rafikisafari@gmail.100 Meters West.thesanctuaryresort. San Jose.Puntarenas.com Sanctuary Resort And Spa Hotel (Costa Rica) This secluded Playa Azul resort is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and lush Costa Rican forests on 80 acres of pristine.com Los Gemelos A nice budget hotel.toruma. horseback riding and hiking getting there: Go south of Quepos.2220 see more at tripwolf.com classification: 4 family friendly: 1 eco friendly: 1 see more at tripwolf.com tripwolf. turn at the Savegre River.Central America hotels & accommodations Las Rocas Resort & Dive Center Roatan currency (code): HNL price level: 2 address: West Bay Beach classification: 3 Low rate: 1654.4536 see more at tripwolf.com .com Rafiki Safari Lodge Puntarenas currency (code): CRC website: www. currency (code): CRC website: www. with a beautiful garden in the patio.com classification: 0 rates and features: Luxury tent camp featuring whitewater rafting. Clean.com address: Central/C.Jaco.com Copacabana Suites and Hotel Jaco currency (code): CRC price level: 2 address: 200 Meters South Banco Costarica..rafikisafari. Payment options: cash discounts credit cards: all see more at tripwolf.. uninterrupted coastline. go 16 km into the mountians.

san Jose Downtown Costa Rica classification: 2 see more at tripwolf. price level: 1 opening hours: 24/7 website: www.com address: Sabana Norte. 20 and 22. casa 3636 classification: 0 see more at tripwolf. ave.com Orosi Lodge cozy pension under German management address: Orosi. ave. 125 meters north from Torre medica in paseo colon.5 see more at tripwolf.com Gaudys backpackers Hostel San Jose currency (code): CRC address: De la esquina sur del Hotel Torremolino de Sabana. Sabana rates and features: $12 dorms and $30 private rooms see more at tripwolf..4700 other names: Mi Casa Hostel.com generated by tripwolf..com tripwolf.2231.com address: Km44. Nicaragua telephone: +505-8896-7514 email: info@vacationinnicaragua. 150mts Norte telephone: +506.vacationinnicaragua. btween St. de la esquina Oeste del ICE. Granada. Reparto San Juan.com Dolphin Guest House Enjoy a nice breeze coming from the lake. 1-3.com classification: B&B Payment options: PayPal see more at tripwolf.com .Central America hotels & accommodations Mi Casa Hostel Mi Casa Hostel is located in a premier neighborhood only 5 minutes from San Jose downtown and just one block from La Sabana Park the biggest recreatio. Lote #5 . 22.micasahostel. just seven minutes away from the main square of Granada B&Bs price level: 2 opening hours: from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm website: http://www. Costa Rica see more at tripwolf.com Sol Y Luna Hostel San Jose currency (code): CRC price level: 1 address: St. san jose. 150 Este.com Guest home Bed & Breakfast Hostel San Jose currency (code): CRC address: 450 mts. Downtown classification: 1. al Norte de la Toyota de Paseo Colon Cl 36 entre Avenida 7 y 9 classification: 0 see more at tripwolf.com La Pampa Hostel San Jose hostels currency (code): CRC price level: 1 address: 5th.

com restaurants Café Milagro website: www. 4/C.com El Gran Escape see more at tripwolf.com generated by tripwolf.com address: Dazu gehört eine Bar.com Finca Rosa Blanca website: www.com eating Machu Picchu address: Calle 32/Av.finca-rblanca.com La Casa de los Mariscos address: Paseo de los Turistas telephone: 661 16 66 see more at tripwolf.com website: www.com Buenos Días see more at tripwolf.elgranescape.com Carti Homestay kuna yala address: Carti Islands Kuna Yala Panama telephone: (507) 67343454 email: sanblasadventures@yahoo. 1-3 telephone: 222 73 84 see more at tripwolf.com see more at tripwolf.net telephone: 777 03 95 Samoa del Sur see more at tripwolf.co. Av.com tripwolf. Bar & Grill see more at tripwolf.com B. 13-15 telephone: 661 08 10 Flor de Vida address: Cerro Plano (gegenüber Hotel Establo) telephone: 645 60 81 see more at tripwolf. S.com .cafemilagro.com Rio de Janeiro telephone: 775 05 09 see more at tripwolf.com telephone: 777 17 07 see more at tripwolf.com address: Hotel Villas El Parque telephone: 777 52 80 Barba Roja telephone: 777 03 31 see more at tripwolf.com Capitán Moreno see more at tripwolf.cr address: Santa Bárbara de Heredia telephone: 269 93 92 see more at tripwolf.Central America hotels & accommodations 15 love bed and breakfast Beautiful contemporary design bed and breakfast address: Tamarindo tennis club see more at tripwolf.

Antigua 35630 see more at tripwolf. the cultural association holds a great traditional market with a large range of Canary Islands arts and crafts. rusti.com nighlife & entertainment Bars see more at tripwolf.com shops Mercado tradicional On the second Sunday each month.com theaters / operas generated by tripwolf.Central America shopping Feria Insular de Artesanía Arts and crafts from all the Canary Islands in La Antigua. Central telephone: 221 49 52 see more at tripwolf.com bars Matrix Popular local nightclub see more at tripwolf.com La Lechería address: Straße Santa Elena-Monteverde see more at tripwolf. 2/C. address: Plaza de Antigua.5 Carretera A Masaya. Managua.com tripwolf. Antigua 35630 see more at tripwolf.com Casem see more at tripwolf...com . address: Calle del Deporte. Nicaragua clubs Theater address: Av.com address: Km 4.

com website: www. Massage and Spa Services spas / wellness opening hours: 9am until last appointment website: www.com address: Located in the heart of Placencia. 624-6096 email: lee@secretgardenplacencia.hotelladiosa.com neighborhoods 4 Grados Norte An up and coming neighborhood.com La Diosa Playa Negra address: http://www. Look for the "bridge" directly behimd Wallen's market. other names: Zone Ten see more at tripwolf. surfing or practice yoga in a tropical paradise language schools tripwolf.com telephone: 645 68 94 fax: 645 60 60 see more at tripwolf.com Reiten in Monteverde website: www.com sports & wellness The Secret Garden Day Spa Providing several types of Body Work.com . fire dancing. on display see more at tripwolf.com sports facilities neighborhoods Casco Viejo Panama City's Spanish past.com see more at tripwolf. Costa Rica telephone: +506 8358-5312 email: jeremy@laescueladelsol.com generated by tripwolf.secretgardenplacencia.Central America working & studying La Escuela Del Sol An adventure for those who want to learn Spanish.horseback-riding-tour.com Zona Viva The center of the city's nightlife.laescueladelsol.com Ojo de Agua see more at tripwolf.00 per hour for massages see more at tripwolf.com Hong Kong A place with a vibrant mix between Western and Eastern cultures see more at tripwolf. Montezuma.com address: 300m South of Montezuma's Centre.net/ see more at tripwolf.com rates and features: US$50. telephone: 501-523-3420. see more at tripwolf.

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