Cahuita is a village on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, home to 4,000 people. While Puerto Viejo's rapid growth means it can feel pretty touristy at times, Cahuita has managed to retain its low-key Caribbean vibe. Its beaches are stunning, and Cahuita National Park rewards hikers with a host of Costa Rica wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Our Central America animal for February is a coati, also known as a coatimundi or pizote. Coatis are members of the raccoon family with flexible noses, expressive tails, and rascally personalities. One time in Costa Rica, a coati grabbed our lunch bag from our hands and scurried into the forest!
Photo by Theo Allofs, Getty Images
Panama's Biomuseo (Biodiversity Museum) opened this week, and "colorful" is an understatement. Designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the 43,00 square-foot museum is a riot of rainbow hues, located near the entrance to the Panama Canal in Panama City. According to Designboom:
"panama's biomuseo is set to open its doors to the public, almost ten years after construction began. designed by frank gehry, the cultural institution explores the isthmus and the diverse range of species which inhabit the region. the development is conceived as a catalytic structure which will serve as a beacon for the country and its population."
There are many more images at Designboom. What do you think?
Photo Credit: krossbow
Our Central America photo for February features Tegucigalpa, Honduras's capital city, at night. The sprawling metropolis is the country's largest city, home to 1.3 million Hondurans. Tegucigalpa means "silver hills" in the ancient Nahuatl language.
Photo Credit: Jason A. Samfield
Colón, Panama is a port city, serving as the Panama Canal's gateway to the Caribbean Sea.
Once a lively, bustling metropolis, it's suffered from poverty and a high unemployment rate following decades of political strife. However, there's still much to see in and around the city, from the colonial ruins of Portobelo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the rainforests of Chagres National Park. Not to mention the Free Zone Shopping Center, a vast wholesale mecca and favorite of cruise ship passengers.
Photo Credit: -stëve-
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua is one of Central America's most unique destinations. It's an island. In Central America's largest lake. Made of two volcanoes. One of them active.
It's also an amazing (and undertouristed) place to visit. Easily accessible via ferry from Rivas, Nicaragua, Isla de Ometepe offers hiking trails, volcano trekking opportunities, archaeological sites, lush coffee plantations, and beaches -- many of them empty.
Photo Credit: H Dragon
Montezuma is a favorite Costa Rica beach destination of surfers, backpackers, and budget travelers of the bohemian persuasion. It's also beloved by ecotourists, due to its collection of outdoor attractions like hiking trails, Costa Rica wildlife, and the glorious Montezuma Waterfall.
Check out our photos of Montezuma, Costa Rica, and you'll see why many travelers who visit this tiny, far-flung village stay longer than they intended (sometimes forever)!
Photo Credit: Sebastian Vogelsang
Our Central America Animal for January is an Ocellated turkey at the El Mirador Mayan ruins in northern Guatemala. The remote El Mirador ruins are home to many varieties of wildlife, including jaguars, monkeys, deer... and turkeys, of course.
Photo by Ian Stevenson at www.ianstevensonphotography.com
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of Costa Rica's top ecotourism destinations, and one of the best places to observe the country's awe-striking biodiversity. Whether you explore the Monteverde forests on foot or by horseback, on an ATV or zipline, you're sure to glimpse a fantastic array of flora and fauna, as well as the region's unforgettable scenery.
Photo Credit: eflon
Our Central America Photo for January features Isla Bastimentos, a Caribbean island in Panama's Bocas del Toro archipelago. Isla Bastimentos is home to Red Frog Beach, home to countless -- you guessed it! -- red tree frogs.