A cruise to Central America allows you to discover a world of natural wonders rich in history, culture and diversity. Delve into ancient civilisations as you wander through Mayan ruins, laze on beautiful white sand beaches and enjoy the Spanish flair and colonial architecture Central America has to offer. Many cruise lines allow you to combine a cruise of this region with destinations such as the Mexican Riviera, Caribbean and the Panama Canal.
A cruise from Central America calls at ports such as Limon and Puntarenas in Costa Rica where you can encounter Monkeys in the Tortuguero National Park, created to protect the Green Turtle, enjoy an enchanting ride on the Rainforest Aerial Tram and dine alfresco in one of the many popular beach side restaurants, be sure to sample one of the local specialities such as ceviche de corvina a lime juice marinated fish cocktail.
Cruise into Costa Maya, a newly created cruise port close to the border with Belize. Through the Mayan temple style entrance you will discover shops and a small open air theatre. There are also classes available in local crafts and skills such as Guacamole making! The area surrounding Costa Maya contains an abundance of jungle, coastal dunes, wetland and coral reefs, plus a variety of Mayan sites. Why not take advantage of one of the many shore excursions available such as a trip to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins, a lost Mayan city only partially uncovered from the jungle, sure to excite history buffs! Those who fancy something a bit different will love the ATV (quad bike) Jungle and Beach adventure where you will journey right into the heart of the Mexican Jungle and discover the magnificent natural environment of the Yucatan Penninsula.
You will also call at ports in Guatemala, one of the most exciting eco-tourism destinations in the world, overflowing with coastal plains, lakes, mountains, volcanoes and valleys which are home to hundreds of species of birds and no fewer than 600 types of Orchids. Encounter the largest and most impressive of all the Mayan sites as you visit the mystical ruins at Tikal, enjoy a boat trip and scenic drive to the Les Escobas Springs Reserve and discover the Garifuna settlement town of Livingston as you enjoy a lively local folkloric performance.
Other ports of call include El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama where you can expect to encounter superb diving and other watersports, along with remarkable cultural, historical, marine and wildlife attractions.