The two continents which make up this part of the world were largely unknown to the outside world until the 15th century when Christopher Columbus accidentally discovered North America. Although the Norse explorer Leif Erikson had already sailed to this part of the planet before the Spanish, he did not colonize the land and left it just as he had found it. Mass emigration from Europe to these ‘exotic’ lands resulted in large indigenous populations being wiped out from diseases and enslavement, leading to a huge loss of history and culture. However, today, the legacy of colonization has ensured that both the Americas share many common traits, common Indo-European languages, and a dominant religion, Christianity, which accounts for 86% of the population. The English influence on Anglo America which includes Canada and the United States is quite apparent when compared to Latin America which had a larger Spanish and Portuguese presence.
Given the extent of land that the Americas cover, from north to south, the diversity of the landscape and climate is vast. Kaffeklubben Island, the northernmost point on the earth lies in this region, while the southernmost point of the Americas extends to Antarctica. Running along the west coast is the American Cordillera which comprises the Andes in South America and the Rocky Mountains and other ranges in North America. The eastern side which is much flatter is characterized by large river basins such as the Mississippi and the Amazon. Today, travelers to the Americas are as ‘wowed’ by the New World as were the explorers. The blend of the old with the new, the gleaming metropolises such as Chicago, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Miami to name a few, with some of the most advanced technology in the world, the rugged Wild West, and the lost worlds of South America, draw thousands of travelers to this part of the world.

11 Best Hotels in Panama City

11 Best Hotels in Panama City

Panama City is Panama’s capital and largest city. It’s known for its modern nuance, bustling with banking and commerce activity. Panama City is also the home to one of the most popular attractions in America: the Panama Canal. Surrounded by Panama Bay, the city provides you beautiful ocean views. On the other side of Panama…

11 Best Hotels in Belize

11 Best Hotels in Belize

Belize is a beautiful Caribbean country. Located in Central America, it offers a wide variety of tourism attractions. From crystal clear beaches to ancient ruins, this country is a great place to relax and unwind. Belize is part of the world’s second-largest coral reef, promising you an unforgettable snorkeling experience! The country has several islands…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In San Jose, Costa Rica

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In San Jose, Costa Rica

The lovely San Jose is not Costa Rica’s cultural capital for nothing. The multi-faceted the city is chock-full of museums, cutesy farmers markets, historic neighborhoods, and a vibrant nightlife. San Jose’s denizens, colloquially known as Ticos, are famously accepting and tolerant which has led to the city blossoming into a tropical getaway for the LGBTQ…

Top 5 Things To Do In El Salvador

Top 5 Things To Do In El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest country, in Central America. It is bordered by Guatemala and Honduras and has a population of just over 6 million, of which nearly a third live in the capital, San Salvador. This small Central American country does not receive the attention it deserves, it has a stigma around it due to the Civil war…

Top 7 Things To Do In Nicaragua

Top 7 Things To Do In Nicaragua

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua is becoming a hot destination spot for families and backpackers. Apart from having a stunning coastline with two of the greatest water bodies in the world, Nicaragua is bursting with fascinating history, volcanic landscapes, beaches, mountains, beautiful colonial cities with charm and lush jungle with wildlife and villages.…

Top 8 Things To Do In Honduras

Top 8 Things To Do In Honduras

Located right in the middle of Central America, Honduras is a vibrant country with authentic cultural heritage and the friendliest people in Central America without a doubt. It has the world’s second largest coral reef, filled with clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches, national parks with lush rainforests, breathtaking mountains and well-preserved Mayan ruins. Honduras might not be as well-known as…

Top 10 Things To Do In Belize

Top 10 Things To Do In Belize

Located in the heart of Central America, Belize truly has it all covered for an unforgettable vacation; tropical beaches with turquoise water, jungles, mountains, coral reefs, cave formations, exotic wildlife and a fascinating mix of culture and people in a laid back Caribbean atmosphere. Come and experience nature at its finest. Dive with whale sharks, explore the…

Top 6 Things To Do In And Around San Jose

Top 6 Things To Do In And Around San Jose

Situated in the broad, fertile Valle Central, 1,160 meters (3.800 ft) above sea level, San José developed slowly as a tobacco center in the Spanish colonial era. The city became Costa Rica’s capital in 1823 and it is the country’s center — economically, culturally, and geographically. Nowadays it is a great city to spend a few days…

Top 8 Things To Do In Antigua

Top 8 Things To Do In Antigua

Located in the central highlands of Guatemala with charming old buildings, crumbling cathedrals, cobblestone streets, colorful palettes, bustling markets and buzzing cafes, Antigua is the last true Colonial City remaining in Latin America. It was once the glamorous capital of Guatemala before it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, left it mostly abandoned. Now the ruins…

Top 7 Things To Do In Panama City

Top 7 Things To Do In Panama City

Between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean lies one of the most vibrant and fascinating cities of Latin America: Panama City. The only place in the world where you can see the sunrise on the Atlantic and set on the Pacific. Panama may be a small country in size but its population’s warmth, traditions, rapid…