Destination: Panama

Official Name: Republic of Panama
Established: 3 November 1903 (Independence from Republic of Colombia)
Population: 4,176,869 (2018 estimate)
Religion: 63.2% Catholic, 25% Protestant, 3.3% Other Christian, 7.6% No religion
Language(s): Spanish (English is also commonly spoken)
Capital: Panama City
Order of Visit: Fiftieth 
First Visit: 01 February 2013
Last Visit: 10 February 2013 
Duration: 10 Days
Visit Highlights:
 Bocas del Toro: Festival partying, swimming in the Caribbean sea.
 Boquete: Hiking, waterfalls, hot springs and smart monkeys 
 Panama City: Panama Canal engineering marvel, beautiful Panama City ‘Old Town’
 Santa Catalina: Magnificent beach, snorkelling in the Pacific Ocean
Places Visited
: Bocas del Toro, Boquete, Panama City, Santa Catalina
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Destination: Costa Rica

Official Name: Republic of Costa Rica
Established: 
– 15 September 1821 (Independence from Spain)
– 01 July 1823 (Independence from Mexico) 
– 14 November 1838 (Independence from Federal Republic of Central America)
Population: 4,999,441 (2018 estimate)
Religion: 52% Catholic, 25% Protestant, 17% No religion
Language(s): Spanish (English is also commonly spoken)
Capital: San José
Order of Visit: Forty-Ninth 
First Visit: 24 January 2013
Last Visit: 01 February 2013 
Duration: 9 Days
Visit Highlights:
 La Fortuna: Boat ride across Lake Arenal, diverse and amazing wildlife or Costa Rica (lizards, various monkeys, sloths, caimans and birds), surviving Grade 4 white water rafting
 Monteverde: Toucan sighting, stunning sunset, zip-lining though the trees, exploring a forest at night, stunning mountain scenery
 Puerto Viejo: the beaches, Caribbean sea food, visiting the Animal Rescue centre, tasty organic ice cream
Places Visited: La Fortuna, Monteverde, Puerto Viejo, San Jose 
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Destination: Nicaragua

Official Name: Republic of Nicaragua
Established:
– 15 September 1821 (Independence from Spain)
– 01 July 1823 (Independence from Mexico)
– 31 May 1838 (Independence from Federal Republic of Central America)
Population: 6,486,201 (2019 estimate)
Religion: 55% Catholic, 27.2% Protestant, 14.7% No religion
Language(s): Spanish
Capital: Managua
Order of Visit: Forty-Eighth 
First Visit: 20 January 2013
Last Visit: 25 January 2013 
Duration: 5 Days
Visit Highlights:
 Granada:  Swimming in Laguna de Apoyo, exploring stone walled local market at Masaya, surviving the active Volcano National Park including exploring a bat cave, horse carriage ride, exploring the old Central Train Station, the enormous Lake Nicaragua
 Ometepe: Spellbinding sunset, homestay experience with locals, exploring the island, howler monkeys, fantastic views, relaxing in thermal springs.
Places Visited: Granada, Ometepe 
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Destination: Honduras

Official Name: Republic of Honduras
Established: 15 September 1821 (Independence from Spain),  1 July 1823 (Independence from Mexico)
Population: 9,587,522 (2018 estimate)
Religion: 46% Catholic, 41% Protestant
Language(s): Spanish
Capital: Tegucigalpa 
Order of Visit: Forty-Seventh 
First Visit: 14 January 2013
Last Visit: 20 January 2013 
Duration: 7 Days
Visit Highlights:
 Copán: Relaxing and sweating in hot springs, piñata fun, impressive Maya Copán Ruins
 Roatan Bay Islands: Snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea, sea life up close, brilliant sea food, wild and spectacular weather keeping us on the Island.
Places Visited: Copán, Roatan Bay Islands 
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Destination: Guatemala

Official Name: Republic of Guatemala
Established: 15 September 1821 (Independence from Spain),  1 July 1823 (Independence from Mexico)
Population: 17,263,239 (2018 estimate)
Religion: 45% Catholic, 42% Protestant, 11% No religion
Language(s): Spanish
Capital: Guatemala City
Order of Visit: Forty-Sixth 
First Visit: 05 January 2013
Last Visit: 14 January 2013 
Duration: 10 Days
Visit Highlights:
 Antigua: Exploring the old city, fun shopping in the Zocalo, pimped out Chicken buses
 Chichicastenango: Handicraft market
– Flores:
 Exploring the massive and impressive Tikal Ruins (Tikal National Park), cruising Lake Petén Itzá
 Panajachel: Surreal and stunning sunset, cruising Lake Atitlán
 San Juan: Public artworks, Piñata fun, excited children, staying with a local family. 
 Rio Dulce: Exploring the area by kayaking, howler monkeys, enjoying the hot springs, boat tour to Livingstone, visiting a volunteer school 
Places Visited
: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Flores, Panajachel, Rio Dulce, San Juan 
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Destination: Belize

Official Name: Belize (formerly British Honduras)
Established: 21 September 1981 (Independence from United Kingdom)
Population: 419,199 (2020 estimate)
Religion: 63.8% Christianity, 25.5% No religion
Language(s): English (multiple other secondary languages also recognised)
Capital: Belize City
Order of Visit: Forty-Fifth 
First Visit: 31 December 2012
Last Visit: 05 January 2013 
Duration: 6 Days
Visit Highlights:
 Caye Caulker: Caribbean New Year’s Eve party and celebrations, exploring the island, snorkelling and experiencing sea life
 San Ignacio: Hiking to and exploring Actun Tunichil Muknal caves – the site of Mayan human sacrifices
Places Visited
: Caye Caulker, San Ignacio
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