Our Central America Photo for December features the Xunantunich Mayan ruins in western Belize, next to the Guatemala border. The ruins date back to the Classical Era of Mayan architecture, between 200 and 900 AD.
As a destination for backpackers, Central America is hard to beat. The travel infrastructure is expansive and (mostly) reliable, prices are typically low (sometimes super low), and there's no limit to Central America attractions.
Have you backpacked in Central America? What's your favorite Central America backpacker destination? Let us know!
Belize City is the largest city in Belize, though it hasn't been the country's capital city since a hurricane devastated it back in 1961 (the capital is now Belmopan). It's home to a fourth of Belize's population, the Belize international airport, and quite a few attractions for travelers -- many of them overlooked.
Take a look!
The Panama Canal is one of mankind's greatest feats. Constructed between 1881 and 1914, with an expansion scheduled for completion in 2015, it's a must-see on any trip to Panama.
Until then, take a look at our Panama Canal Photo Gallery.
Our Central America animal for November: a pair of dogs in Las Peñitas, Nicaragua. We encountered these friendly mutts at a beachside restaurant. Or maybe they were only friendly because they wanted some of my freshly-caught grilled fish....
Guatemala and Nicaragua are two of Central America's largest countries, with tons of attractions for travelers of every type.
But what type of traveler are you? It all depends on what you like: wildlife, beaches, colonial architecture, ancient ruins, hiking, Scuba diving, shopping... Or all of the above!
Photo by RobertoUrrea
Our Central America photo for November features an airplane landing at Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras's capital city. Toncontín is notoriously difficult to navigate for pilots, due to nearby hills and a shorter-than-average runway.
Photo by michaeljzealot
Central America definitely has its share of spooky stories and legends. Such as the Sihuanaba: a shapeshifting spirit who resembles an attractive woman -- with the face of a horse. Or the Mayan crystal skulls, which are said to possess supernatural powers.
Costa Rica Attractions: If You Like...
Welcome to Costa Rica!
Whether you're a take-it-easy beach bum, a dedicated hiker, or a nightlife aficionado, there are plenty Costa Rica attractions for you. It all depends on what you like...
- Costa Rica Attractions: for every type of traveler!
Our Central America animal for October is the Scarlet Macaw. Two, in fact! This particular pair of brightly colored birds was photographed in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park, one of Central America's best places for wildlife-spotting.
Photo Credit: Joe Dsilva