Central America is a diverse, beautiful, and misunderstood area of the world. There’s so much to love about this compact region, including volcanic lakes, Caribbean coastlines, cloud forests, colonial towns, Mayan ruins, humid rainforests, rushing waterfalls, surf spots, abundant wildlife, vibrant markets, and other hidden treasures.
It’s colorful and picturesque, and yet it’s not nearly as popular (yet) with backpackers or other travelers as regions like Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America are. However, it’s definitely rising in popularity and attracting more and more visitors every year.
If you haven’t yet made your way to any of the incredible countries in Central America yet, it’s high time to add it to “the list”! Here’s what you’ll need to know before backpacking Central America: