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Since abolishing its armed forces in 1949, Costa Rica has become one of the most peaceful and prosperous countries in Central America, redirecting funds from the military to infrastructure, education, healthcare and preservation of the country’s astounding natural heritage. The lush tropical forests, verdant cloud forests, active volcanoes and pristine beaches of this diminutive country are home to a wider array of biodiversity than North America and Europe combined, from sloths and howler monkeys to the dazzling colours of bird and insect life. It is no surprise that it is the continent’s eco- and adventure tourism capital, with white water rafting, canopy zip-line tours, and plenty more outdoor activities to take part in. More endearing, though, is the laid-back and love-filled approach to life of the Costa Rican people, or ‘Ticos’, summarized in their common greeting and life philosophy: ‘pura vida’.
Nicaragua, affectionately known as the "land of lakes and volcanoes", beckons travellers with its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history and vibrant culture. Situated in Central America, this captivating destination offers a diverse range of experiences from exploring pristine beaches and lush rainforests to uncovering charming colonial cities and lively markets. As a visitor to Nicaragua, you'll be enchanted by the warmth and hospitality of its people, who are eager to share their stories and traditions. Whether you're surfing world-class waves along the Pacific coast, hiking up volcanic slopes, or strolling through the cobblestone streets of Granada and León, there's no shortage of adventure and discovery in this stunning country. With a wealth of eco-tourism opportunities, unique culinary delights, and a fascinating blend of indigenous and Spanish influences, Nicaragua promises an unforgettable journey.
With its incredible diversity, Panama offers something to both adventurers holidaymakers. Whether one is looking to explore the vibrant and modern city life of Panama City, or simply enjoy the sun at the beach, Panama is an all-around suitable travel destination. On the one hand, the skyscrapers and international feel of Panama City will remind you of major metropolises like Miami, on the other – the many deserted islands give off relaxed Caribbean vibes and offer unforgettable opportunities to channel your inner explorer. It is easy to see why Panama has been dubbed ‘Heart of the Universe’, as it truly has it all.