The countries of Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Panama) pack in more diversity, excitement and adventure than can be imagined in such a compact area. Their attractions and cultures are quite distinct, there are amazing remnants of Mayan civilisation, and incredible rainforests growing right down to the shores of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A visit to any of these colourful countries will not only delight and surprise but is bound to leave you with a desire to return.

We’ve included Colombia, Mexico and Cuba under ‘Central America’ – strictly speaking they are not part of Central America and hopefully you’ll forgive us for this.

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One of the world’s greatest engineering and scenic marvels – a major shipping canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, obviating the need for the long and treacherous voyage via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America.

The Panama Canal Railway, built between 1850-1855, was the world’s first transcontinental railroad. It stretches across the isthmus of Panama from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The train ride will take you alongside the magnificent waterway to the west, flanked by the exuberant rainforests of Soberania National Park to the east.


Monteverde is mainly a dairy farming area, with a small community of Quakers who live in the little village of Santa Elena, at the entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This is one of the richest and most diverse cloud forests in the New World. It is perhaps best known as the home of the Resplendent Quetzal but also shelters hundreds of other birds, mammals and plant species, as well as reptiles, amphibians and insects.

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