Central America is packed full of attractions, from ancient Maya ruins to colonial cities with hundreds of years of history. As well as these man-made attractions, Central America is blessed with arguably the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Beaches, jungles and volcanoes are just some of the varied and wonderful landscapes you’ll encounter on a singles adventure holiday with Grand American Adventures. Let’s take a look at three of Central America’s finest natural wonders.
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Most people are familiar with rainforests, but in Costa Rica you’ll also encounter the cloud forest, so called for its frequent low-level cloud cover, which creates a moist and cool environment.
Among the trees in Monteverde live a huge amount of incredible creatures, with many beautiful birds. The one that most people journey to the isolated region – linked from the east by little more than a rough farm track – to see is the resplendent quetzal, which is arguably the most beautiful bird in the world. With its mohawk hairstyle, bright yellow beak, iridescent green and red plumage and metre long tail feathers, the quetzal is quite a sight to behold.
Other wonderful birds waiting to be found include the keel-billed toucan, the emerald toucanet and the noisy and elusive three-wattled bell bird – you’ll doubtless hear it well before you see it.
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
With seven countries in the region, it might seem a little unfair to select another of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, but the Arenal Volcano National Park is simply too special to leave out.
At its heart is Volcan Arenal – a picture-perfect 1,600m tall conical volcano emerging from the jungle. As well as providing a beautiful backdrop, Arenal is covered in trails allowing you to walk on the solidified remnants of past eruptions.
Its thermal springs are another volcanic attraction, with visitors flocking to the spas surrounding Arenal to take a dip in landscaped pools.
As well as relaxation, adventure is on the cards, from horse riding to windsurfing on the huge lake within the park.
Isla Bastimentos Marine Park, Panama
Just across the Costa Rican border in Panama – the most southerly of the Central American countries – lies the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, in the the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
This group of densely forested islands in the Caribbean Sea are home to large number of species – making it the ideal place to snorkel from the white-sand beaches and hunt for birds and mammals among the trees.
The park is also a nesting site for sea turtles, so if you’re lucky you might just see one of these magnificent creatures lumbering up the beach to lay its eggs.
As well as searching for birds, you can also just kick back and relax on the sand, soaking up the warming tropical sun.
Of course, these are just three of Central America’s natural wonders – there are many more to be discovered in not only Costa Rica and Panama, but Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua too. So whether you’re a nature lover, a fan of sunbathing on the beach or an adventure sports junkie, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the national parks of this spectacular region of the world.
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