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Central America Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Central America

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Lake Atitlan… "Atitlan" in Mayan means a world of beauty and grandeur. It actually means "where the rainbow gets its colors". This magical place has inspired writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley to say "…Atitlan is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing."

This jewel is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous lakes in the world. It brings with it a certain grandeur that can only be achieved with a volcanic setting and with sheer size. Lake Atitlan boasts of three majestic volcanoes gracing its southern shore. These volcanoes (namely San Pedro Volcano, Atitlan Volcano and Toliman Volcano) are known for their beauty and perfect cones. Multiply that by two, as this picturesque sight is mirrored in the clear and calm waters of the lake.

This lake also has the distinction of being the deepest lake in Central America, with an estimated depth of around 340 meters... read more arrow
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Cocos Island, Costa Rica, is located over 300 miles off the Costa Rican shore and is a part of the Puntarenas Canton.

The island itself is uninhabited; you can also get to the area by boat. If you want to stay for more than a day, you will have to live in the many boats that offer board and lodging and are anchored around the island. Cocos Island's warm waters provide a home to hammerhead sharks, rare frogfish, turtles, moray eels, trumpet fish, blue-striped snappers, lobsters and a treasure trove of colored fish. There are actually close to 20 coral species, over 100 kinds of shellfish and a treasure trove of fish and crustaceans. All that marine life certainly makes for an unforgettable dive – some even call it a "super-charged" dive.

Cocos Island is really a marine park, which provides an excellent combination of lush evergreen forest, caves and dark seas... read more arrow
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The Great Blue Hole is a humongous underwater sinkhole that lies just 60 miles in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of beautiful Belize. This hole, which, when seen from the top, is nearly a perfect circle, and looks so inviting that it would be all you could to resist the temptation to simply jump in.

Now, if Belize is breathtaking, the Great Blue Hole is a refreshing circle of dark indigo amidst all that turquoise water. The Great Blue Hole is part of the Lighthouse Reef System and sits just near its center. The "hole" itself measures around 300 meters in diameter and 146 meters in depth.

The Blue Hole was once a subterranean limestone cave system, but earthquakes and other geological events resulted in repeated collapses of the caves. So, what you now see is a "blue hole". You can still see the huge stalagmites and stalactites when you swim under the remains of the caves... read more arrow
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There are few man made features in this world which carry more importance than the Panama Canal does. This canal has a unique property which no other man made features can match. This canal connects the two biggest oceans in the world with each other. The Panama Canal is a canal of huge size. It is a major canal for shipping in the region. The canal runs through the Isthmus of Panama, it connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean in the Central American region. If you plan to visit this region, it is better than you visit it in the winter season. The summers are too hot and humid in this area and it may not be very convenient for you to visit the region in summers.

Panama Canal is a world famous canal. It is popular not only because it connects the two biggest oceans of the world, but also because it was a huge project from engineering point of view... read more arrow
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Pacaya Volcano is one of Guatemala's most active volcanoes, as it is almost always in the state of eruption. The Pacaya rises to a height of over 2,500 meters, a wonder surrounded by steam and volcanic gases. Its many attractions also make it one of the most climbed volcanoes in the country.

The Pacaya Volcano is part of the Pacaya National Park, at the southwestern region of Guatemala and near Guatemala City itself. It belongs to a chain of volcanoes that span the area near the Pacific Coast. It has hour peaks, namely Pico Mackenney, Cerro Chino, Cerro Chiquito and Cerro de Agua. The active crater is to be found at Pico Mackenney. This is constantly throwing vapor, ahs and small stones. At times, lava flows out as well. Also, the cone's shape is constantly changing, as a result of the lava and ash piling up every time the volcano erupts.

Hike up to the top... read more arrow
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Nestled just south of Mexico and along the Caribbean, it is one of nature's best gifts to the world. Breathtaking turquoise waters framed by sandy coastlines coupled with a lush green jungle. What's more, this jungle is once home to Mayan structures such as temples and houses. So, you have water, forests and ruins. Now that is what we call seriously awesome vacation possibilities.

Belize is paradise for the snorkeler and scuba diver. After all, it is the second largest barrier reef in the world, second only to the Australian Barrier Reef. Imaging being immersed in the warm blue waters of the Caribbean, meeting face to face with a cornucopia of marine life. Imagine an underwater landscape that is full of color, a reef wall that is adorned with all kinds of underwater plants – anemones, sea whips and sea fans. Imagine a school of shimmering fish wending their way past you while sponges seem to burst with all kinds of color – pink, purple, yellow violet and so much more... read more arrow
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The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is not just the country's most active volcano. It is also a treasure trove of fun activities. It's a great place to get some adventure – the sight of the volcano in action is a great place to start. Here, you can get a load of molten lava and hot rocks being spewed out of its mouth. The best time to see it is at night, when the lava and rocks glow in the darkness.

Arenal was first mistaken for a mountain. This may be because it had been dormant for 400 years. However, when it erupted in 1968, it covered close to 6 square miles with ash hot lava and rock. It has remained active since then, glowing mystically in the night.

The combination of red hot lava, glowing rocks and blue skies is an awesome sight, what with some five explosions occurring every day. This is further accompanied by deep rumblings caused by the explosions... read more arrow

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