10 Interesting facts about Central America

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Central America, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. The region of Central America includes about 42 million people and seven countries, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
  • 2. Is the historical home for much of the Mayan civilization, with ruins and artifacts found in Belize going back to 2600 BC and lasting up until around 800 AD.
  • 3. Spanish is the official language for every country with the exception of Belize using English.  Regional languages in different communities include Portuguese, Cantonese, French, Dutch, Italian, German and others.
  • 4. The largest cities are Guatemala City with 3.7 million people, followed by San Salvador in El Salvador, Managua in Nicaragua, San Jose in Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula & Tegucigalpa in Honduras and Panama City in Panama.
  • 5. You can take a single road through all of Central America with the Pan American Highway.  The network of roads actually go from the top of North America to the bottom of South America with an exception of 159 kilometres (99 miles) rainforest break called the Darien Gap, a large area of forest and swampland connected Panama to Colombia.
  • 6. The cuisine in Central America consists of locally available fresh foods combined with various European, African and Asian influences.  Some of the common dishes and ingredients include tortillas with refried beans, black beans, various cheeses, rice, coconut milk, poultry and a wide range of seafood and ceviche.  Local alcoholic beverages include Guaro in Costa Rica (made from sugar cane) and other Pilsner beers, rums and tequilas depending on the specific neighborhood your own.
  • 7. Rainforests can be found throughout Central America but especially so with Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Belize.  Together, Central America makes up most of the Mesoamerica Hotspot, combining plant and animal species from two separate continents and host to 17,000 species of vascular plants, 1,120 bird species, 440 mammalian species, 690 reptile species, 550 amphibian species and over 500 different freshwater fish species.
  • 8. Located on the Ring of Fire, Central America includes over 70 volcanoes (~30 that are active), including over 22 in Guatemala (7 are active), 11 in Costa Rica (7 are active), 19 in Nicaragua (8 are active) and 22 in El Salvador (6 are active).
  • 9. Each country has its own currency with the exception of El Salvador, based on the USD and Panama, using both the USD and Panamanian Balboa or PAB.
  • 10. Over 10 million visitors travel to Central America, with over 2.2 million to Costa Rica, followed by Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize.  Some of the more popular tourist spots include the Tikal Mayan site and Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala, the Hummingbird Highway in Belize, the Bay Islands in Honduras, the Isla de Ometepe volcanic peaks in Nicaragua, Monteverde & Santa Elena in Costa Rica and Panama City.

Have your own networks with others in Central America

If you regularly share content or work with people in Central America, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Spanish, English and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Central America, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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