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The difference between South and Central America

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When I tell people about my position as the Guide to Central America Travel, I sometimes find they don't know the difference between South and Central America -- in other words, which countries are in South America, and which countries are in Central America.

It's a common geographical mistake, considering both regions are in Latin America. However, South and Central America are located on entirely different continents!

Central America is actually a part of North America, along with Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean island countries. South America is a continent of its own.

The countries of Central America include:

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

The countries of South America include:

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
French Guiana
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname
Uruguay
Venezuela

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