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Mexico, Central America & Caribbean (photo by Wikimedia Commons)
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The Caribbean Sea (aka West Indies) are an extensive archipelago comprising more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. These are organized within 30 political territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. The larger islands that make up the northwestern Upper Antilles get the major of travelers, in part of their relative accessibility and lower costs. The smaller islands of the southeastern Lower Antilles are more remote and higher cost, but also come closer to the tropical island ideal many travelers seek.
Mexico & Central America
Mexico and Central America represent the lower part of the North American continent, but vary greatly from the US and Canada. They form the northern portion of what is often called Latin America. Mexico and Central America share a pre-Colombian history as part of several Mesoamerican civilizations, including the Mayans and Aztecs. The distinct Mesoamerican cultural tradition ended with the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Mexico is by far the largest country in the region, both in land mass and population. Central America’s seven countries have strong indigenous cultures, and also represent an important biodiversity hotspot.