Central America is the thin section of land that links the North American continent with the South American continent. Geographically part of North America, it is made up of several small, mostly tropical countries that have more in common with South America than the more affluent north.
- Panama - Panama's capital.
- San Salvador - El Salvador's capital, home to 2.5 million people.
- Guatemala City - Guatamala's capital, home to approximately 3 million people.
- San Jose - Costa Rica's captital, home to 365,000 people.
Until the 1990s the area was subject to brutal repression (Guatemala), civil wars (El Salvador and Nicaragua), and proxy fights between opposite parties supported either by the US or the Soviet Union.
This dark political and social situation changed with the end of the Cold War and after the peace agreements at the beginning of the 1990s. Now the region is living a process of changes and reforms that will hopefully allow travelers to discover an interesting and relatively cheap travel destination. Generally, the people of Central America are kind and warm, and welcoming to foreigners. There is a diversity of culture from one end of Central America to the other, and indigenous culture plays an important role in the region, specially in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
- Colonial Towns, such as Antigua Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, (Guatemala); Juayua, Suchitoto in El Salvador, Gracias and Comayagua (Honduras), Leon and Granada (Nicaragua) or Panama City -Casco Viejo- (Panama, where the Panama Canal can be visited as well).
- Ancient Mayan ruins in Copan (Honduras) , El Peten (Guatemala) and Tazumal, San Andres and Joya de Ceren (El Salvador).
- Amazing beaches.
- Surf, especially in El Salvador and Costa Rica.
- National Natural Parks, especially in Costa Rica.
All these make this region a great yet undiscovered and affordable treasure which is worth visiting.