Central America tailor-made holidays
The biggest mystery concerning Central America is that the region remains such a mystery to people. Packing more into its compact size than many a larger continent, it offers visitors adventure aplenty.
Distinctly different to its much larger neighbours to the north and south, Central American countries such as Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama punch well above their weight in terms of visitor attratcions. Caribbean quality beaches give way to dense jungles full of birds and superb wildlife watching opportunities, whilst mountain ranges and volcanoes erupt from the thick rainforests and scratch the tropical sky. Mayan ruins lie hidden close to colonial cities with interesting architecture and stories to uncover along with Afro-Carib or Creole culture.
Even as travellers move from Mexico through the Ruta Maya, there remains more to see and discover, with the hill towns, hiking options, traditional villages and supeb dive sites of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua awaiting the intrepid adventurers that get this far.
Popular countries in Central America
Essential experiences in Central America
Central America, celebrated for its Mayan heritage and cultural attractions, also conceals some spectacular natural wonders amidst the verdant jungles and thickly forested landscapes.
Central America is a region of vastly varied wildlife. Head to Belize, Costa Rica or Panama to see birds, animals and marine wildlife in large numbers.
Indulge yourself in Central America and take advantage of the wildlife and Caribbean coast in Costa Rica or the history and culture in Mexico on your honeymoon.
Central America history and culture holidays revolve around discovering the Maya ruins in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. Alternatively, vist the Kuna in Panama to see how an indigenous tribe continue to thrive.
Go beyond the beaches and obvious destinations of Central America on an escorted tour and see more of countries such as Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico, whilst also gaining a greater understanding of the sights that you encounter.
There are some superb beaches in Central America, particularly in Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico, where you can also pair your beach holiday with a wildlife holiday or excursion to see Mayan ruins.
The landscapes and varied terrain of Central America make it ideal for activity and adventure holidays. Head to Mexico or travel to Belize, Costa Rica or Panama to explore the jungles, mountains and dramatic coasts of this part of the world.
Top itineraries in Central America
Travel passed farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde national park. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.
Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.
Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.