Connecting the Americas by forming a strip of land bordering Mexico in the north and Colombia to the southeast, Central America serves as the cultural bridge of Latin America. The main language spoken in the subregion is Spanish, which was introduced into the region by Spanish colonists in the 15th century. Though political unrest long plagued the Central American nations, travelers can now safely explore most of the region.

Central America features great biodiversity, with Panama and Costa Rica boasting immense natural wealth. Though Costa Rice accounts for only 0.03% of the earth’s surface, the country contains almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity: the country features forests, wetlands, mountains, rivers, plains, and more, providing a home for flora and fauna to thrive. In Central America, you’ll find unique animals such as sloths, anteaters, and the infamous, brightly colored poison dart frogs.

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