For all its Euro influence, Central America is no Western world. With Mayan ruins, Afro beats, and thriving indigenous cultures, this place is as foreign as can be.
The grand cathedrals were built by conquistadors, and the now the locals speak nothing but Spanish – but there’s something far-from-Europe about this place. It may be the tropical air or Caribbean sun that makes this place so different from the old world – like the smooth sand and stunning reefs of Belize. Or it may be the natural purity of the forest, in places like Costa Rica and Panama, where the people are happier than most places on earth. Or could it be the African beats of Cuba or the indigenous markets of Guatemala, forever weaving the exotic through this land.
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Why we love Central America
- From the cloud forests of Costa Rica to Nicaragua’s giant volcanoes, Latin America does nature on a truly grand scale
- When it comes to vibrant colour, energy and food, nowhere delivers quite like Mexico. Bargain with descendants of the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples over hand-woven blankets in Oaxaca’s buzzy markets. You may even feel brave enough to try a crunchy chili and lime grasshopper!
- The Mayans were known for their advanced systems in architecture, mathematics, astronomy and hieroglyphics. From the temple ruins of Chichen Itza to the once-mighty capital of Tikal, our experts will lead you on a guided journey through Central America’s ancient history
- Let the dreamy Caribbean carry you away in the island archipelago of the Belize Cayes. With sleepy towns, sun-drenched beaches and some of the region’s best diving and snorkelling, what’s not to love?
- While Cuba may be a time warp of 1950s American cars and fading colonial splendour, the locals dance to the beat of the moment (and the rhythm of a rumba). From Havana and Trinidad to Vinales in the heart of Cuba’s tobacco-growing region, discover the landscapes and history of an island nation that defies categorisation
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What our travellers are saying about the region
Cuba Highlights, November 2017
At least one extra day in Havana is good to have a bit more of a walk around Old Havana.
Review submitted 16 Jan 2018
Essential Cuba , January 2018
If you want to experience the real life Cuba and see its history in the western and south central area then go on the Essential Cuba tour. We had an amazing time and cannot wait to go back.
Review submitted 15 Jan 2018
Essential Cuba , October 2017
Essential Cuba was excellent. It gave a very good overview of the country, covering history, architecture, social and way of life and nature. It was very good for all ages and was delivered at a good pace with being able to stay for at least a couple of days in each town, which was also good as each town was different. Tip 1 take your own soap and shampoo as soap is a rare commodity for everyone. Tip 2 do not take USD the rate is much lower than other currencies. CAD or Euro is the best and exchange at the airport for the entire trip, as banks are unreliable. Food, drinks and shopping is extremely cheap and most of the day tours are included, so not much money is required. I spent 30-40AUD per day, when usually on my holidays I allow at least 100AUD a day Tip 3 wear comfortable flat walking shoes as most of the streets are cobblestone.
Review submitted 01 Jan 2018
Essential Cuba , December 2017
Cuba is a fascinating destination with a complex history. It is a large island and it is best to use a guide with local knowledge if you are to get the most from your visit.
Review submitted 01 Jan 2018
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