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TOP THREE THINGS TO DO IN HONDURAS

Honduras - Ross French - September 26, 2017

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The Central American country of Honduras has been slowly but steadily crawling out of its violent reputation and emerging as a paradise for travelers from all over the world. With its varied wildlife, abandoned Mayan ruins and beautiful national parks, Honduras is one of the best off the beaten path tourist destinations in Central America. The country is noticeably cheaper than the other destinations of Central America which makes it a great budget travel destination for backpackers. However, the low prices do not mean that Honduras has anything less for you in store. In fact, there are a lot of Honduras tourist attractions which should be counted as must visit attractions of Central America itself. To help you navigate through the lesser-known paths of Honduras, here are the top three things which you must try out when you travel to Honduras.

1. Explore the Copan Ruins

The ruins of this Mayan city is the most popular tourist attraction of Honduras. The Copan Ruins Archeological Site is, in fact, the most studies Mayan city in the whole world. Dating back nearly 2000 years, these ruins have been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are a lot of things to see in this Honduras tourist attraction. Explore the stelae and altars which surround the huge plaza, stand in awe in front of the ball court, or see the longest Mayan text ever known at the Hieroglyphic Stairway. There are so much to see, that it is impossible to explore the ruins in a simple visit.

2. Visit Roatan

Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands is also the most developed of the lot. This well-kept secret of Honduras has now become a really popular tourist spot due to its beautiful landscapes and diving opportunities. The beaches of this beautiful island especially make this destination one of the must visit Honduras tourist attractions. The West Bay Beach is particularly worth mentioning. Explore the mountainous interiors of the island, spend some relaxing days by the beach or dive into the colorful coral reefs – a trip to Roatan is must when you travel to Honduras.

3. Bird watch at Lago de Yojoa

It doesn’t matter if you are a birder or not. A trip to Lago de Yojoa should certainly be a must in your Honduras itinerary. Lago de Yojoa is the largest natural lake in Honduras, and it is just the perfect spot to watch some birds. More than 480 species of birds have been spotted in this huge lake. You can enjoy the beauty of the lake from the shore, or get into the water on a canoe. There are quite a number of hiking trails, waterfalls and even an underground cave system located in the nearby area, which you can explore. A lot of guided tours are also conducted to the nearby coffee plantations or the archeological sites. The lake also shares its borders with two national parks, namely Santa Barbara National Park and Cerro Azul Meambar National Park.

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TOP FOUR THINGS TO DO IN NICARAGUA

Nicaragua - Ross French - September 25, 2017

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Located in Central America, Nicaragua used to be a secret destination which was famous among backpackers and intrepid travelers. Tourists used to crowd at other locations like Costa Rica or Panama, whereas the true adventure seekers used to enjoy the unspoilt beauty that Nicaragua had in store for them. However over the past years, the word got around, and Nicaragua has become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Central America as more and more people started falling in love with the country’s unspoilt beauty. With its colorful cities, relaxing beaches, beautiful hiking trails, magnificent volcanos, dense jungle, beautiful islands and extremely warm locals, there are a ton of reasons why you should pack up your bags and travel to Nicaragua. And when you do, here are the top four things which you must try out while you are there.

1. Try volcano boarding

This is one of the most unique things that you must try out when you travel to Nicaragua. Visit Cerro Negro, an active volcano in Nicaragua, hike to the top and board down the slope of the mountain. You can easily enjoy this activity by booking a trip from Leon. It is one of the main reasons why people travel to Leon, and you cannot miss the chance of enjoying this one of a kind activity when you travel to Nicaragua.

2. Swim in the Somoto Canyon

Nicaragua is a paradise for adventure lovers, and if your choices are so inclined, then visiting the Somoto Canyon is another must do activity during your Nicaragua trip. The Nicaraguan version of the Grand Canyon was only discovered in 2004. The canyon boasts of picturesque locations with turquoise waters surrounded by huge milestone cliffs. Jump into the clear blue waters from one of the shorter cliffs and take a peaceful swim through the water.

3. Enjoy surfing

Like many other Central American countries, Nicaragua also boasts some of the most amazing surfing waves. With the slow breaking waves, the Nicaraguan surfing conditions are perfect for beginners and expert surfers alike. Hitting the waves on your surfboard is a must when you travel to Nicaragua. But if you don’t know anything about surfing, don’t worry. You can easily get a surf lesson at the San Juan del Sur beach or the Las Penitas beach. The lessons are really cheap, and it’s a great way to enjoy your time on the beaches of Nicaragua.

4. Hiking trip at the Miraflor National Park

Going on a hiking trip at the Miraflor National Park will surely be one of the highlights of your Nicaraguan adventure. This beautiful park is situated in Esteli in northern Nicaragua. There are a lot of treks conducted through the park, starting from one day to multi-day trips. You will get to hike through a pristine cloud forest, visiting small local farms and exploring hidden waterfalls and rivers. Chances of encountering other tourists are extremely less, and it is truly the perfect way to get away from the city-life, immerse yourself in pure nature and give up everything else. It is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have when you travel to Nicaragua.

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TOP FOUR THINGS TO DO IN PANAMA

Panama - Ross French - September 24, 2017

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Panama has been serving as the heart of international shipping since the opening of the world famous Panama Canal in 1914. The ever busy connection point between the Pacific and the Caribbean also happens to be a major center for international banking. However businesses aside, Panama has also become a major tourist destination as Central America became more and more popular among travelers. Many of the tourists travel to Panama as the starting point of their Central American adventure. And the decision is also well-reasoned, as Panama holds a lot of breathtaking vistas and exciting activities in store to offer to its guests. From backpackers to family travelers, this beautiful country has something for everybody. Here are the top four things which you must try out when you travel to Panama.

1. Visit the Panama Canal

Well, it is the most obvious thing to do when you travel to Panama. Built in 1914, this 50 miles long canal acts as the passageway for ships traveling between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. There are three sets of locks used in the canal, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks on the Pacific side and Gatun Locks on the Caribbean side. The Miraflores Locks are the most popular due to its close proximity to the capital Panama City. You can also take a boat ride through the waters of this magnificent canal or take a three-hour long train ride with the Panama Canal Railway to see some beautiful views of both the oceans in a single ride.

2. Explore Casco Viejo

Located just outside Panama City, Casco Viejo is the oldest city in the Americas. Walk through the red bricked streets, spend some time at the street side bars and restaurants and enjoy the beautiful Spanish styled architecture. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, the cultural and historical significance of this city makes a visit to Casco Viejo a must to activity when you travel to Panama.

3. Relax at Bocas del Toro

The province of Bocas del Toro is extremely popular among the backpackers and tourists. Especially Bocas Town, the capital of the province located off the Caribbean coast is beautiful with its crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. Indulge in the laid-back Caribbean attitude and spend some relaxing time in the pristine natural setting. Here you will also find some of best surfing and snorkeling spots in Panama. The island’s shoreline is full with luxury shorefront or on-water accommodations, which makes it a perfect getaway destination to enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean Sea from the comfort of your own bed.

4. Take a trip to one of the rainforest parks

Panama has some of the most amazing rainforest parks for you to explore. Three of them, namely Parque Soberania, Parque Metropolitano, and Parque Chagres, are located just outside the capital, Panama City. If you want to take a break from the city-life and leave everything behind when you travel to Panama, then hike through any of these rainforest parks. You will get to spot a variety of birds and wildlife during your hike too.

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FIVE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica - Ross French - September 23, 2017

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The Central American country of Costa Rica lies beautiful with all its volcanoes, magnificent beaches, and stark landscapes. Along with the beautiful scenery, a plethora of activities, delicious food, rich culture and varied wildlife have made Costa Rica one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central America. Costa Rica is one of those countries where people just love to visit again and again. In fact, there are so many things to do in this country, that deciding what to do and which places to visit can prove to be quite a daunting task for people who are visiting this beautiful country for the first time. However to point you towards the right direction, here are the top five Costa Rica attractions which you must visit during your trip to Costa Rica.

1. Arenal Volcano

Probably the most visited volcano in the whole of Costa Rica, Arenal is one of the most famous CostaRica attractions that you will visit during your trip. The volcano became famous worldwide due to its almost daily eruptions till it entered a resting period since 2010. You will get to see a lot of natural hot water springs in this area, thanks to the geothermal activity of Arenal.

2. Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park consists of an elaborate network of water canals that snake their way through lush jungles and coastal wetlands of the east coast of Costa Rica. Considered the number one eco-tourist destination of Costa Rica, a visit to this Costa Rica attraction is also must during your trip. Float through the canals from the comfort of your private boat, experience the beauty of the green jungle that surrounds you. You will encounter a lot of different wildlife, and remember to visit ‘The Land of the Turtle’, where the locals dedicate their lives to turtle conservation.

3. Mal País and Santa Teresa

If you are in the mood for some surfing, then visiting these two Costa Rica attractions is a must for you. Situated at the tip of Peninsula de Nicoya, these two places offer some of the best surf you can find in the country. These destinations used to be quite difficult to reach in the past, and finding accommodation was quite difficult. However, the improved road conditions and tourist infrastructure have made these locations much more accessible and tourist friendly.

4. Cerro Chirripo

Cerro Chirripo is the highest peak of Costa Rica. The hike to the top is quite demanding. But if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Costa Rica, and enjoy some of the most incredible panoramic views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, then a trip to this beautiful destination is a must for you.

5. Manuel Antonio National Park

The Manuel Antonio National Park boasts one of the best beaches you can find in Costa Rica. It is one of those Costa Rica attractions which will show you the Costa Rica you imagined in your dreams. Watch the different types of monkeys as the leap through the forest canopy, spend a relaxing day on the beach and take a leisurely walk along the palm-lined shoreline.

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TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN EL SALVADOR

El Salvador - Ross French - September 22, 2017

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Located in Central America, El Salvador is the tiniest and one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Central America. Once considered a dangerous Central American destination for tourists, the country suffers from some seriously bad press. However, most of the country is not affected by the troubles, and a trip to El Salvador can be completely safe if you keep a few things in mind. And if you are adventurous enough to travel to El Salvador, you will be thoroughly impressed by the amount of beauty this tiny country has to offer. From top-class surfing on empty beaches, Spanish colonial towns, coffee plantations by the volcano – the untouched El Salvador tourist attractions will surely win you over. There are a lot of things for you to do in El Salvador, and here are five of them which you must try out.

5. Explore the Mayan Ruins

Like many other Central American countries, El Salvador is also blessed with a number of fascinating Mayan ruins. The country houses Joya de Ceren, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Mayan town of Joya de Ceren was buried in volcanic ash and thus perfectly preserved. Although only a few structures have been excavated, it is one of the must visit El Salvador tourist attractions to have a look through the time into the daily lives of the Mayan people.

4. Visit the Colonial Towns

Most of the original colonial architectures of El Salvador have already been destroyed due to the major earthquakes this country faces on a regular basis. Still visiting the colorful Spanish colonial towns is a must do activity when you travel to El Salvador. And among them, the town of Suchitoto withstood the test of time and the earthquakes. One of the must visit El Salvador tourist attractions, this town is filled with boutique hotels, beautiful shops, and gourmet restaurants.

3. Visit Los Planes de Renderos

Los Planes de Renderos is one of the must visit El Salvador tourist attractions if you want to experience some of the most spectacular views of the city of San Salvador. Have some pupusas – a Salvadorian delicacy – and watch some of the traditional folk dances which are being performed in the area.

2. Hike the Volcanos

El Salvador, albeit a tiny country, houses 26 volcanoes, and a third of them are active. Many of them are also part of national parks where you can visit. The El Boqueron Crater is located just out the capital city, San Salvador. You can take a short hike to the rim, or go on a longer tour to explore the crater’s amazing wildlife and ecosystem. From Ilamatepec, Tehutepec, Izalco, Quetzaltepec – just take your pick and hike to one of these beauties when you travel to El Salvador.

1. Enjoy Diving or Surfing

El Salvador gives you the rare opportunity to engage in various water activities in world class conditions, but without the crowd that comes with it. Surf your heart out at one of the empty, black sand beaches, or dive at any one of the stunning dive sites you can find. From beginners to enthusiasts, El Salvador has dive and surf sites for everybody, and that’s why it is one of the must try El Salvador tourist attractions.

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