A few years ago I started traveling around Central America through the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. It was a beautiful journey with a nice variety of nature, culture, cities, beaches, rainforests and volcanoes. I can therefore recommend these countries to travel to. Not sure if you want to travel to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize? Then quickly continue reading what is so much fun!
Why you should travel to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize
Guatemala: Heart of the Mayan world
I started my trip in Guatemala and this country has a lot to offer you. That is why I have been here for 6 weeks in total. I learned Spanish in the beautiful colonial and colorful town of Antigua. Antigua will enchant you with its cheerful houses and narrow cobblestone streets! You cannot skip this city if you go to Guatemala. Guatemala offers you volcanoes, rainforests, the Mayan culture that you also see in the costumes of the people, there are colonial villages and vast lakes. There are a total of 37 volcanoes, some of which are active and you can also climb a lot! An experience to remember and for everyone’s level there is a volcano that you can climb. The fantastic lake of Atitlán is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. So beautiful! Guatemala has an age-old history and the population is descended from the Mayans and you see this everywhere in the country. That makes it unique. You should also visit the ancient Maya city of Tikal in the rainforest. I celebrated my 25th birthday years ago at this magical place and I couldn’t have imagined a better place to be in Guatemala on that day. You will also find the largest market in Central America in Guatemala. This traditional and colorful market is in Chichicastenango and walking and shopping here is an unforgettable experience. The country is one of the best coffee countries in the world, so ideal for coffee lovers among us. In Guatemala you will find coffee plantations at different places that you can visit and where you will be treated to a delicious cup of coffee. What is certainly nice about Guatemala is that the population is incredibly friendly and helpful.
El Salvador: The 45 minute country
After Guatemala I traveled further to El Salvador and I have been here for about two weeks. El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and it is a beautiful country. I was warned in advance by people that it is not safe there, but I have not noticed much of it. El Salvador is characterized by atmospheric colonial cities, with impressive cathedrals, small markets, colorful houses and amazing nature. You will find volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, huge rain forests and lakes in this country. Great to see! El Salvador is a great destination especially for surfing enthusiasts and it is perhaps even one of the best destinations in the world. Surfing is definitely something you should do here! I took a few beginners lessons myself and that was great. El Salvador has a number of delightful black beaches, where I have enjoyed relaxing. It takes some getting used to that the beaches are not white, but that doesn’t really matter. Unfortunately, due to the reputation, not many tourists come, but that still makes the country authentic. You still come into contact with the real El Salvador. It is a small country with a large diversity of natural landscapes at a short distance and this makes traveling around a lot of fun and varied. Here too the inhabitants are very friendly, hospitable and cheerful and I especially noticed how proud they are of their country.
Honduras: Everything is here
After El Salvador I traveled to Honduras and here I traveled for a total of three weeks. The beautiful underwater world, the coast of Honduras and the tropical islands of Utila and Roatan are great sights of Honduras. Believe me, once you are on one of these islands, it is very difficult to leave again. You often stay longer than you have planned, it is so wonderful there. Diving, snorkeling, pearly white beaches and azure water are what you experience here and with which I have filled my days. I got my PADI Open Water here myself and this was my first introduction to diving. But the 100 protected nature parks with mountains, mangrove forests, rain forests, waterfalls, jungle and flora and fauna such as butterflies, insects and birds are so special. Also in Honduras you come into contact with the special Mayan culture and especially Copan is more than worth a visit. This is a wonderful place to marvel at the ancient Mayan temples. The population is friendly, but poor and that is reflected in many places. But the Hondurans are very proud of the things they do have and they want to show you that. A nice setting if you ask me. I also liked the food in Honduras because of a nice mix of Spanish, Caribbean and African influences. Honduras is a very cheap country and you will notice this in the prices for accommodations. Tourists are more than welcome in this special country.
Belize: Mother Nature’s Best-Kept Secret
I ended my trip in Belize and this is the only English-speaking country in Central America, which makes it easy to travel around here. To be honest, I thought it was nice to be able to speak English. The small country of Belize has a lot to offer tourists: tropical beaches, coral islands, an ancient culture, relaxed atmosphere and amazing nature characterize this country. But also in Belize you can admire the impressive ancient history and beautiful Mayan ruins. In the past, more than a million Mayans lived in Belize. Especially the Mayan temples Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai are spectacular! Belize has many islands called “cayes” where you can snorkel, dive, fish and swim among the unspoiled coral, tropical fish, turtles and sharks. I thought this was a very special experience! The Great Blue Hole in particular is a paradise for divers and this is an underwater cave with a depth of more than 100 meters and a diameter of more than 300 meters. Unique in the world! But nature lovers can also indulge in Belize. About 40 percent of the country is a protected habitat for various species of plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine animals. In the rainforest you spot monkeys, tapirs, toucans and crocodiles. How cool is that! Belize is also the only country in the world with a jaguar reserve: The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The weather is nice all year round with an average temperature in the summer of around 31 degrees and in the winter of 28 degrees. In Belize you experience a truly relaxed and tropical atmosphere and that is why I love Belize!
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