Central America

central americaThe countries of Central America are all former spanish colonies, with the exception of Belize, which was under British rule until 1980. Their culture is a mixture of Spanish culture with native Indian influences, and a touch of Carribean flavour.

In Central-America, Mexico receives most visitors. Mexico City, Acapulco , Baja California are all top tourist attractions. Yucatan with its many Maya sites should be on top of your priority list as well.

South of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras combine some of the best Maya sights with interesting Indian markets in small villages. Costa Rica is the top destination for eco tourism. Panama is off the beaten track, but crossing the Darien gap or visiting the San blas islands is a unique experience.

The Caribbean offers rum and reggae, lots of sunshine and sandy beaches. There are so many islands to choose from while all of them are beautiful, relaxing and exciting at the same time. The biggest islands Cuba , Haiti and Jamaica have loads of sights and are great for sun-worshippers with their numerous white sandy beaches.

Mexico is a diverse place, and has a lot to offer to travelers. Whether you decide to visit the beautiful beaches famous around the world, historical cities from the times of the Spanish colony and archeological sites of cultures such as the Maya, Olmeca and Azteca among others, beautiful national parks in deserts, mountains and forests, or just hang out in one of the modern cities, you will enjoy it.

Highlights in Mexico are the capital city of Mexico City, Monterrey, with its beautiful colonial buildings and Guadalajara. For colonial cities one should visit Oaxaca, Morelia, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Merida in the Yucatan peninsula, among others. For beaches, some of the best, most unspoiled are located on the Oaxaca coast, particularly Zipolite and Puerto Escondido. Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen located at the Riviera Maya, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta among others, are the place to be for all fun loving creatures. The peninsula of Yucatan offers an ideal mix of Maya culture, great weather and some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving in places such as Cozumel and Cancun located at the Riviera Maya. For a truly Mexican experience, the city of San Crist’bal de las Casas in Chiapas offers a view of the indigenous Mayan peoples in a beaufiful colonial city. Los Cabos in Baja California Sur has been a favourite get-away for Mexicans and Americans for years.

Archeological sites in Mexico are vast, one should keep in mind Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Palenque, El Tajin and Monte Alban among just a few.

For those looking for an active vacation Mexico offers golf courses, scuba diving and lots of mountains to go hiking in, including cloud rainforest in Chiapas.

Refrain from visiting the Northern parts of Mexico near the California border at night, or just in general. Also take care in Mexico City in the evenings. Southern and Central Mexico are beautiful and much more culturally accurate.

(by www.world66.com)