If we’re talking about some of the most underrated spots for nature photography, Central America is most definitely up there.
Breathtaking landscapes. Fabulous flora. The list goes on and on for tourists willing to make the trek.
Unfortunately, Central America has somewhat of a bad reputation due in the eyes of the public and travelers at large.
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Although tourists should certainly keep an eye on warning advisories for certain areas, there’s also no denying that the region attractions millions of tourists per year. Given the sheer amount of expats relying services such as Remitly to send money back home to Central America, these areas rely on such payments in addition to tourist dollars in order to thrive. As such, many locals in the regions want visitors to help sustain the local economy.
As long as you do your homework in regard to safety and don’t mind the occasional hike, you can find some amazing spots sprinkled throughout Central America to take the perfect photo.
But what spots are worth your time and attention? We’ve broken down six of the most beautiful, tourist-friendly sites for starters.
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Lake Atitlan (Guatemala)
When’s the last time you took a picture of a volcano? In addition to the famed San Pedro Volcano, you can get up close and personal with colorful, quaint Mayan villages. Oh, and the view of the sunset over the Lake is really something to behold.
If you’re on the hunt for shots of Mayan sculptures and ruins, this is the place for you. Wildlife photographers will likewise find plenty to see in Copan, as the area is notable for its stellar birdwatching.
Representing another popular hiking hotspot boasting yet another volcano, those who trek to the top are rewarded with a stunning stream of smoke that makes for a fantastic photo op. The nearby hot springs that you’ll encounter during your journey are likewise a nice added aesthetic bonus.
Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica)
Seeing a trend here? Although this volcano is indeed inactive, it still makes for a nice snapshot in addition to the nearby mountains, rivers and waterfalls for nature lovers. If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, this spot is a must-see.
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Ambergris Caye (Belize)
For those seeking the traditional island vibe for a photoshoot such as white sands and crystal clear waters, look no further. Extremely friendly to tourists, this is also a great spot for those seeking underwater snapshots given the island’s world class snorkeling and scuba diving.
Monteverde (Costa Rica)
Representing a world-class tropic forest, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve boasts an incredible journey through jungle-like conditions. Perfect for those who want to see wildlife including birds and monkeys, visitors are also quite literally surrounding by eye-popping plant life every step of the way. In short, Monteverde practically screams “natural beauty” at every turn.
Don’t totally count out Central American when it comes to snagging your next awesome snapshot. Even if you only get to check out one or two of these spots,the photos you bring home will be that much more valuable as you were willing to take the road less traveled.