Costa Rica is teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds, and almost a quarter of its land is covered in protected jungle, making it the ultimate destination for nature lovers. With its pristine white beaches and relaxed hospitality, Costa Rica is favoured by eco-tourist travellers. Its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum,
Panama may be well known for its canal and a hat but it just happens to have some of the finest birdwatching, snorkelling and deep sea fishing in the Americas. It has a proud Spanish heritage with frequent colourful festivals. In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park.