Ecotourism in Central America

The best of both worlds: Ecology and Tourism



Created by,
Kate Elling

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"Map of Central America." Livonia Church of Christ. 9 February 2006


Introduction

There are many reasons to take a vacation: to relax, to experience another culture, to visit a place that you've never been to before. But where could you go if you were interested in "taking only pictures, leaving only footsteps"?

    •Isla de Ometepe - Nicaragua (Spanish)
This island is the largest in the world on a fresh-water lake. The only freshwater sharks in the world live in Lake Nicaragua. Look out!
    •Isla de Ometepe - Nicaragua (English)
Ometepe means "between two hills," in Nahuatl, the indigenous language of Nicaragua, and Isla de Ometepe is 276 square kilometers of pristine forest, archeological treasure troves, wildlife, and culture worth studying for months, but enjoyed in a few days.
    •Refugio de Vida Silvestre - Honduras (Spanish)
In this refuge you will find a jungle full of wild animals: monkeys, jaguars and boa constrictors. There are toucans, parrots and pelicans among the 196 species.
    •Cuero & Salada Nature Preserve - Honduras (English)
The reserve comprises of 132 km2 of wetlands and coastline, and was designated a protected area in 1986 because of it’s endangered Manatee population also there was a need to protect some of Honduras’ coastal wetlands.
    •Isla Iguana - Panama (Spanish)
This refuge is famous not only for iguanas but also for the humpback whales that visit their waters from June to November.
    •Iguana Island - Panama (English)
Iguana Island Wildlife Refuge seven kilometers from the coast of Los Santos , is a popular attraction. The island is fifty-eight hectares wide with nine kilometers of seashore.
    •Parque Nacional Montecristo - El Salvador (Spanish)
If you're lucky, you will see monkeys, skunks, and anteaters. There are 87 species of birds, such as hummingbirds and owls.
    •Montecristo National Park - El Salvador (English)
This “international” park borders El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and is home to a great diversity of plants, birds and mammals, including rare spider monkeys, pumas, toucans, striped owls and more.
    •Biotopo Cerro Cahui - Guatemala (Spanish)
Here you will see the brillant colors of the many varieties of toucans, parrots and falcons. In the jungle, there are more than 20 species of animals, such as spider monkeys, deer and ocelots.
    •Rafting in Costa Rica (Spanish)
The mountainous topography of Costa Rica and the abundant waterfalls are responsible for some of the best rivers for whitewater rafting in the world.
    •Rafting in Costa Rica (English)
    •Cerro Cahui - Guatemala (English)
Cerro Cahui, which means giant crocodile in the Mayan language, is a tropical rain forest reserve covering 650 hectares.


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