Central America is certainly a region of many contrasts, with a range of climates, wildlife and cultural landmarks awaiting your exploration. The lush green rainforests of Costa Rica offer direct access to an abundance of endemic wildlife species. As you trek through the jungle, you're likely to hear howler monkeys and macaws before you spot them in the dense trees above. Hopeful they won't scare off the quieter animals, as the sight of a sloth slowly changing its grip on a branch or a stealthy jaguar creeping through the undergrowth will make any holiday complete.
The ruined temples of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico provide insight into lost civilisations that pose questions from beyond the grave - questions which today's scientist still struggle to answer. Remnants of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs in places such as Tikal and Teotihuacan will fascinate and inspire you in equal measure.
Head to the Caribbean coast, though, and the atmosphere changes slightly. Beautiful beaches, both wild and pristine, beckon you to walk on golden sands, explore beneath the waves or take part in adventurous water sports. Nostalgic Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean islands are not too far away and represent one of the world' most popular regions for relaxing holidays in the sun. The former will take you back to the 1960s with its classic cars and colonial towns, whilst the patches of land scattered across the Caribbean Sea offer an endless area of idylic landscapes.
Last, but certainly not least, the Mexican region of Baja California does a great job at persuading travellers to try the west coast of Central America instead. Here, you will be able to enjoy close encounters with whales and dolphins in the surrounding waters or hike through beautiful national parks.