Costa Rica & Central America

Between mysterious Maya pyramids, tropical nature, pulsating metropolises and the technical wonder of the Panama Canal, fascinating worlds can be discovered in Central America. With their volcanoes, cloud forests and exotic fauna, Panama and Costa Rica count among the most beautiful of nature’s paradises in Latin America.
Costa Rica & Central America

From the inscrutable depths of the rain forest to vibrant metropolises and ancient Maya cultural sites – Central America is blessed with an amazing abundance of nature and culture. Colonial influence, irrepressible joie de vivre and exciting history merge to a fascinating picture. Special highlight: crossing the Panama Canal.


The green side of Costa Rica & Panama

National Parks Panama & Costa Rica

As small as Costa Rica and Panama may seem on the map, here more floral and faunal species are native than in all of North America and Europe combined. The two countries are aware of their treasure: more than a quarter of their total area is a protected area with more than 200 fascinating national parks, forest and wildlife preserves.

The Fascination Panama Canal

Panama Canal

For more than 100 years, the Panama Canal, a masterpiece of engineering, has connected the Pacific and the Atlantic. In 2016 its extension was opened: 40,000 workers used 192,000 tons of steel in nine years to make the canal navigable even for giant freighters with up to 14,000 containers. Passing the mighty locks by day is a very special experience.

The Maya sites in Mexico and Belize

Ancient Mayan culture

The high culture of the Maya in Central America, which began about 5,000 years ago and reached its final phase at the time of the Spanish conquest, is still a mystery today. Their ceremonies appear bloodthirsty, their stepped pyramids imposing, and their stone reliefs are extremely artistic. Between Panama and Cuba you can visit three mysterious Maya strongholds: Tulum in Mexico is the only Maya site by the sea, Altun Ha and Lamanai are in Belize. Lamanai lies on the banks of an inland lagoon and was inhabited for about 3,000 years. Excavations revealed that around 700 AD, over 20,000 people lived there.
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