Central America may seem to be dwarfed by its neighboring continent and countries. Nevertheless, its cultural diversity and beautiful destinations will rival any other place. It is made up of seven small tropical countries which are Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Mexico sometimes gets into the mix because of its language and the Mayan/Spanish heritage that is similar to the countries in Central America.

Central America connects the North American continent to the South American continent and has a land area of about 592,000 square kilometers. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the west, the Gulf of Mexico to the north, Columbia to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Central America lies on the Caribbean Plate and is considered geologically active, with volcanic eruption and earthquakes occurring from time to time. It is also part of the Mesoamerican Biodiversity hotspot contributing 7% to the world's biodiversity.

There is a belief that Central Americans are descendants of Asians who migrated 20,000 years ago by crossing the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska, all the way down to the Americas. Others believe that the Asians crossed California 11,000 years ago. Then the European's arrived and colonized today's Central America.

Today, there are 38 million people living in Central America. They are mostly Mestizos, which is a combination of Native American and European lineage. In general, the citizens of Central America are warm, kind, and friendly to foreigners.

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