Here is a Surprising Secret List of Natural and Cultural Hidden Treasures for Intrepid Travellers
We may not be able to travel immediately post lockdown, but we can still start to plan and discover surprising and different locations across Central America. From the acclaimed Mayan Temples in Belize to the Lake of Yojoa in Honduras and The Redonda Mountain in The Dominican Republic, there are some yet undiscovered off-the-beaten-track natural sites and cultural heritage locations, which are not to be missed.
Discover new sites and locations on your next trip to Central America:
- Belize: Maya Temple
- Costa Rica: Bajos del Toro
- El Salvador: Parque Nacional El Imposible
- Guatemala: Laguna Lachuá
- Honduras: Lago Yojoa
- Panama: Santa Catalina Beach
- Nicaragua: Corn Island
- República Dominicana: Montaña Redonda
Belize: Maya Temple
Not to be missed the plethora of Mayan ruins in Belize. Although none boasts the sheer size of Tikal, each is worth exploring individual. Caracol is the largest site; located within Chiquibil Forest Reserve, it includes a 136-foot-high pyramid that remains Belize’s highest building to this day. Visit Xunantunich to see Belize’s second-largest structure, a temple perched on a cavern, and explore smaller temples at Altun Ha and Lamanai.
Costa Rica- Bajos del Toro
Bajos del Toro is located in a stunning mountainous valley tucked away between extinct volcanoes, luscious green landscapes and stunning hidden waterfall and forest trails, it is well worth a visit to this undiscovered beautiful site
Dominican Republic: Redonda Mountain
Recently discovered the Redonda Mountains has locals and travellers in awe, with its dramatic mountain top views and stunning sea views over beaches. It’s well worth the drive to the top.
El Salvador – Parque Nacional El Imposible
The Parque Nacional El Imposible is a tropical forest and El Salvador’s largest national park. Named the Impossible for its perilous gorge – now spanned by a bridge, it was decreed a national park in 1989. It encompasses eight rivers, mangrove forests along the coastline and sits in the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range.
Guatemala: Laguna Lachuá
Known for its turquoise coloured pristine lakes, Laguna Lachua is located in the middle of Cobán national park covered by tropical rain forest, northwest of Cobán. This Guatemalan Gem has only recently been discovered by travellers and is now a hot new destination for locals. The lake is near circular in shape and is 200m deep. The lake water has a slightly sulphurous smell, as the water contains a relatively high degree of calcite tree branches fallen into the lake are quickly covered with a white calcite layer.
Honduras: Lago Yojoa
The largest lake in Honduras is fast becoming a hot destination for travellers to Central America to visit this biodiverse region. It is truly a spectacular wonder of nature surrounded by mountains and covered in misty cloud, the lake lies deep in a volcano valley. It’s the perfect place for off-the-beaten-track tours.
Panama: Santa Catalina Beach
There are several choices to discover Panama and off the beaten path, places namely Volcan, Pinas Bay and Coco Blanco Island, all outside of Panama City, there are friendly small communities, jungle retreats and isolated beaches. One of the less frequented beaches we think is worth a visit is Santa Catalina, to experience some of the country’s best Scuba Dive sites and surfing.
Nicaragua: Corn Island
The tranquil beauty of Nicaragua’s Corn Island, of stunning Turquoise blue water and swaying palm trees this island is an off-the-radar location, but that’s what we like about it. Located 50 miles off the East coast of Nicaragua, there are two islands: Big Corn and Little Corn, both perfect for a hidden getaway, most visitors stay on Little Corn, there are no paved streets, instead tranquil peaceful beaches envelop the islands.
Flights from Europe take approximately 14 hours and it’s worth planning an itinerary around at least 3-4 countries over a 3 week period, to explore some of the less-visited and surprising locations which will elate all visitors with the natural sites and wonders of Central America. From Historic Mayan temple ruins to tropical forests which house wonderful waterfalls to palm treed deserted beaches, perfect for exploring off-the-path tracks, away from other travellers for more unusual adventures in Central America
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Central America is now made up of 8 countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.