Central American Countries that You Should Discover in 2017

Latin America welcomes millions of tourists every year, but some countries are still largely overlooked. Discover these Central American gems before everyone else takes notice!

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Costa Rica

You might not be able to point out small Costa Rica in the world map, but this Central American country will leave you in awe. The vibrant rainforest and a thriving wildlife live side by side with beaches in both the Caribbean and the Pacific, which creates some of the most beautiful natural parks in the World.

And what’s more important: Costa Rica is committed to protecting them. With strong environmental policies that consistently make it one of the greenest countries in the world, Costa Rica has already banned recreational hunting and plans to become carbon-neutral by 2021. Adventurous travellers will be delighted to unveil this hidden treasure!

 

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Guatemala

Guatemala is often forgotten by tourists in favor of neighboring Mexico. However, the country has some of the best preserved archeological sites from the Mayan civilization. Several of them have already been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

But besides the rich historical value of Guatemala’s cities, the country also offers the amazing natural parks that you can often find in the tropics. A since many are intertwined with the Mayan ruins, you really get the best of both worlds.

 

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Cuba

The last few years have brought some political change to Cuba. First, the normalization of relations with the United States. And then, in 2016, the death of its longtime political leader Fidel Castro. As a result, the island is again on everyone’s radar - and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be on yours.

Once in Cuba, Old Havana steals the spotlight. Its relaxed attitude invites you to forget the rest of the world in the midst of historical buildings and narrow old streets smelling like Cuban cigars, Caribbean food and Latin dances, all flavored by a few sips of a Cuba Libre.

 

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Panama

Here’s an interesting fact - 40% of Panama is covered by jungles. Some animals that inhabit the famous Panama Canal don’t exist anywhere else on the planet! So if you’re looking for destinations off the beaten track, this has to be one of the best countries in Central America.

Outside of the jungles, you will find a burgeoning metropolis in Panama City, which has persevered throughout the centuries despite fires and urban wars. And when in Panama City, be prepared: Spanish, English, German and Portuguese are all widely spoken, which is a testament to the city’s multicultural genesis.