Central America covers the seven republics of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
The country side is as diverse as the 13 countries in South America, from active volcanoes, deep valleys, Caribbean beaches on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Compare the tall temples of Mayan ruins to the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal. Ride on rivers and lakes, walk in a rain forests or one of the many national parks. See colourful pre Colombian history mixed with colonial influences in buildings, art and craft. Stay in a hacienda that was built 250 years ago, visit a market in the Guatemala mountains, snorkel the Blue Hole in Belize and then sail through the Panama Canal. See the colourful Mayan traditions in Guatemala and the San Blass Indians just of Panamanian coast.
These 7 countries are connected by the Pan American Highway from the Mexican border to the Darin Gap.