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Culture Travel in Central America

Central America boasts a rich blend of cultures, a mosaic of races and languages and timeless connections between past and present. Travelers will find many "World Heritage Sites" and many other places of historical interest. In addition, you'll find "living culture" in theaters, local festivals and educational centers. Take special note of the holidays. Whether it's a Saint's Day, a town fair, or Carnival, there's always a celebration taking place somewhere in Central America. Spanish is the official language in all Central American countries except Belize, where English is the national tongue. For students of any age, there are numerous language schools in the region that teach Spanish as well as indigenous languages.

The Maya were one of the most ancient civilizations to settle in the Central American regions of El Peten (Guatemala) and Yucatan (Mexico), as well in neighboring areas such as Tabasco, Chiapas and Belize. The Maya civilization was one of the grandest in the history of the world and the reason for its collapse is still shrouded in mystery. The ancient Maya occupied a vast geographic area in Central and South America from around 2000 BC until 1500 AD. The Mayan culture extended to parts of what is now Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador, and most of Guatemala and Belize. During the Classical Period which lasted from the third to the ninth century, Maya civilization built awe-inspiring temples, pyramids and cities and formed a complex social and political order. Many of the remnants in Tikal reveal the culture of this ancient civilization. The Mayan culture excelled in many different fields, and testaments of their achievements are found throughout the area. For more information on the Maya in Guatemala click here!

Panama CultureThe Kuna Indians of Panama live on the islands of the San Blas Archipelago which are strung out along the Caribbean coast from the Golfo de San Blas nearly all the way to the Colombian border. San Blas is a series of 378 islands of which only 49 are inhabited. Although only a 20-minute plane ride away from Panama City, a trip to the San Blas islands will transport you 20 centuries into the past. The Kuna Indians have maintained their own economic system, language, customs and culture, with distinctive dress, legends, music and dance and thus have avoided traditional tourism development. The economy of the islands is based on coconut sales, fishing and tourism, and they offer travelers good snorkeling and swimming. Facilities are few and simple, as is the food. The area is surrounded by reefs, some of the oldest in the world, and offer wonderful diving and snorkeling opportunities, the best of which are between the months of April and June. For more information on the Kuna and San Blas click here!