North and Central America

Land of contrast and excess, North and Central America present wonders as diverse as they are spectacular. Each place has its own charm. Whether it is the unique geological curiosities of the Western United States, the great glacial lakes of Canada, the immense redwoods of California, the volcanoes and lush jungles of Costa Rica, or the beaches and heavenly underwater world of the Caribbean… the genius of Mother Nature is constantly reinventing itself. These unlimited landscapes are rich in animal species. Who has never been shaken in front of great herds of bison in Wyoming or in front of a black bear in Canada? Who has never dreamed of discovering the multicolored birds of Costa Rica ? From Quebec to Cuba and from Costa Rica to Alaska, North and Central America are filled with must-see sites. And for those who wish to get off the beaten track, countless hiking trails lead through the wilderness in relaxing tranquility. 

Discover the countries of North and Central America I have visited:

North and Central America: Costa Rica, Red-eyed tree frog North and Central America: Cuba, Cayo Levisa North and Central America: Eastern USA, Ellis Island North and Central America: Midwest USA, Cuyahoga Valley North and Central America: Western USA, White Pocket North and Central America: Southern USA, Anastasia Island

Stories and advice on my travels and discoveries in North and Central America

Exploring the Costa Rican Pacific coast: the Manuel Antonio Park

Exploring the Costa Rican Pacific coast: the Manuel Antonio Park

The Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the smallest national park in Costa Rica. It lies on the Pacific coast, about 82 miles from the capital San José, and just south of Quepos. It is the most visited park in Costa Rica, was established in 1972 as a national park, and...

Exploring the Costa Rican Pacific coast: the Carara National Park

Exploring the Costa Rican Pacific coast: the Carara National Park

  The Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks are both on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. They have very different atmospheres: you can pick which one you want based on what you are looking for! The Parque Nacional Carara, the less known one, transitions from...

Arenal Volcano National Park, A Natural Wonder

Arenal Volcano National Park, A Natural Wonder

Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes. These volcanoes are part of the Central American volcanic arc and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Of the many volcanoes in Costa Rica, five are still active, Poás, Irazú, Arenal, Turrialba and Rincón de la Vieja. In the northwest...

The Head in the Clouds in the Reserve of Monteverde

The Head in the Clouds in the Reserve of Monteverde

Monteverde (Green Mountain) Located in the province of Puntarenas is one place not to be missed in Costa Rica. It is Costa Rica’s most important ecotourism destination. In 1951, American Quakers from Alabama purchased land in Costa Rica and moved there to avoid the...

The Caño Negro Refuge: Pointed teeth and Feathers along the Water

The Caño Negro Refuge: Pointed teeth and Feathers along the Water

The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro, the largest wetland in Costa Rica, is located on the northern plains of the province of Alajuela near the border with Nicaragua. The reserve is remote and off the beaten path and tourist circuit. The closest village...

Tenorio Volcano National Park, the most wonderful !

Tenorio Volcano National Park, the most wonderful !

Once almost unknown, the Tenorio Volcano National Park in northwest Costa Rica is home to a unique natural treasure: a sublime turquoise blue river and waterfall unlike any other in Central America or in the rest of the world ! On the Guanacaste mountain range, not...

Fauna and flora of the Arenal Volcano National Park

Fauna and flora of the Arenal Volcano National Park

How about a breath of fresh air in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica ? This tiny Central American country is a vast nature sanctuary! The sumptuous Arenal Volcano National Park seduces in multiple ways: its omnipresent nature, its incredible...

Costa Rica: A Vast Reservoir of Biodiversity

Costa Rica: A Vast Reservoir of Biodiversity

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America bordering Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. It is home to 5% of the planet's biodiversity ! Out of two million species identified in the world today, about 91,000 are found in Costa Rica. In other words,...

Journey to the Heart of the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica

Journey to the Heart of the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central American between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and bordered by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the Southeast. It is a small country (one tenth the size of France) but vast in its biodiversity. Costa Rica is the perfect...

Niagara Falls, a Natural Wonder between the United States and Canada

Niagara Falls, a Natural Wonder between the United States and Canada

Niagara Falls attract approximately 20 million visitors each year. They form a natural boundary between the province of Ontario in Canada and the State of New York in the Eastern United States and are located 17 miles northwest of Buffalo, New York, and 75 miles...

Acadia National Park: A Park where the Mountains meet the Sea

Acadia National Park: A Park where the Mountains meet the Sea

National parks are much more than preserved wilderness. They have the power to stimulate our senses and make us feel alive. Their beauty offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world and the opportunity to experience extraordinary moments. As John Muir, the...

Acadia National Park: True Nature in Maine

Acadia National Park: True Nature in Maine

The state of Maine, « Vacation Land »  as it calls itself on vehicle license plates, is covered by vast forests and dotted with more than 6,000 lakes. It is the northernmost state in the northeastern of the United States and one of six states composing the « New...

Wild West in South Dakota

Wild West in South Dakota

South Dakota, a state of USA Middle West imbued with Indian culture and characterized by the rolling Black Hills, is full of surprises: Badlands National Park and its dramatic reliefs, Mount Rushmore and its monumental sculptures, and the annual motorcycle rally in...

An “American Safari” in the Heart of Custer State Park

An “American Safari” in the Heart of Custer State Park

"Hau", as we say in Lakota language ! South Dakota can be considered both as part of the Midwest and of the Great Plains regions. The state’s name is taken from the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes. The Missouri River divides the State into two...

Fall colors in the Great Lakes Region

Fall colors in the Great Lakes Region

Nature Lovers will like the open spaces, dense forests and stunning sunsets of the Great Lakes region. The area is suitable for sporting and nature-oriented holidays. The Great Lakes are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes along the Canada-United States border...

Man vs. Wild…

Man vs. Wild…

If you like moonlike landscapes and seek loneliness... look no further. Bisti Wilderness is the place for you! Are you ready for a "Man vs. Wild" but without Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls to accompany you ? Off State Highway 371 at Road 7297, about 35 miles south of...

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

New Mexico is trapped between the "Great" Arizona, the "Friendship" Texas and south of the "Centennial" Colorado. New Mexico, one of the southwestern States is often left out by tourists visiting the western United States. It is a pity because New Mexico is total !...

New Orleans: Let’s Get Together And Swing !

New Orleans: Let’s Get Together And Swing !

The lyrics of Les Acadiens by French singer Michel Fugain (Les Acadiens) run through my mind, “Y a dans le sud de la Louisiane / Et dans un coin du Canada / Des tas de gars, des tas de femmes / Qui chantent dans la même langue que toi. Tous les Acadiens, toutes les...

Louisiana’s Cajun Country…

Louisiana’s Cajun Country…

As seen from the air, the blue and green reflection of the sun in the Mississippi River creates a strange effect... Water is everywhere, between the ocean, the river and Lake Pontchartrain ! The roads are suspended above the water on pillars and the vegetation has its...

Saint Augustine: Back to the Future…

Saint Augustine: Back to the Future…

Can we take the wheel of the DeLorean Speed Machine on display at Universal Studios and at 88 miles per hour create a time vortex ? We are in the middle of “Back to the Future” as projected on to a small, historic and picturesque town along a beach lined with by sand...

Feel like a child again !

Feel like a child again !

If you don’t want to become an adult, just don’t grow up. Peter Pan succeeded in Neverland surrounded by his lost boys and the fairy Tinkerbell 🙂 . Let's face it, it is tempting to rediscover a carefree childhood... even for a single day ? So, direction Orlando, a...

The Laws of Nature…

The Laws of Nature…

The Everglades is a must-see for any traveler to Florida (a State of Southern USA) ! The Everglades National Park at the southern tip of continental Florida is a wetland preserve made up of lush mangroves, sawgrass marshes that are home to alligators and birds. This...

All Quiet on the Key West Front

All Quiet on the Key West Front

The first thing that comes to my mind when talking about Florida, "The Sunshine State" and the Land of Flowers in Spanish, is, I confess, Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in the TV series Miami Vice: a warm climate, streets lined with Palm trees, the long white sandy...

With Time, Everything goes away…

With Time, Everything goes away…

Havana, a last dive into Cuban culture... The colonial capital is a movie set lying somewhere between decay and sparkling beauty! With time... / With time everything goes its way / Even the dearest of memories..., sung by French singer Léo Ferré. Who would not dream...

The Old Good Days

The Old Good Days

"Muchos recuerdan los viejos tiempos..." (Let’s recall the old good days) Trinidad is a town full of history, not revolutionary history but architectural. It is located in the province of Sanctis Spiritus in central Cuba from about 225 miles from Havana and was...

Take the Time

Take the Time

Bienvenidos in the Ciénaga de Zapata reserve (Ciénaga meaning swamps), the largest and most important wetland in the Caribbean located about 100 miles Southeast of Havana in the province of Matanzas. The Zapata Peninsula includes the Ciénaga de Zapata Biosphere...

Give it some Time

Give it some Time

You have surely heard of the famous Bermuda triangle where everything disappears ? Well, in Cuba there is the tabacco triangle where everything disappears into smoke... " Ne me contar la Historia del tabaco", which may be translated as "Do not tell me nonsense”. In...

O Time ! Pause in your flight

O Time ! Pause in your flight

When we talk about Cuba, the first images that come to mind make our head spin and fill us with desire: Salsa, cigar and mojitos, a Cadillac from another time, colonial architecture, lobsters, white sandy beaches, and colorful fish. However, Cuba is much more than all...

I visited Joshua Tree, U2

I visited Joshua Tree, U2

Enough of the city, cars and crowds! We head East. The city disappears slowly and gradually, houses become sparser and the land bare before giving way to vast stretches of sand and Rocky Mountains. Finally, the first wind turbines announce that Palm Springs is near....

Ella, LA / I don’t know what this is / That others do not have

Ella, LA / I don’t know what this is / That others do not have

Beverly Hills (even without Brandon & Branda), Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu (I am sure you already have a mental image of Pamela in a red swimming suit running along the beach to give mouth-to-mouth to a careless surfer)... are evocative names glittering on the...

The Pacific Coast

The Pacific Coast

It is time to leave San Francisco (another well know city of Western USA) and its mists behind and head towards the Pacific Ocean and the 17-mile Drive. The 17-mile Drive is a scenic coastal road running from Pebble Beach to Pacific Grove on the Monterey peninsula and...

The Streets of San Francisco

The Streets of San Francisco

San Francisco in Northern California, commonly abbreviated SF or more colloquially Frisco, is one of the most beautiful cities on the West Coast of the United States. Go, relax, close your eyes and imagine yourself for ten minutes at the wheel of a Ford Mustang...

N… as New Start

N… as New Start

Lake Powell has many more treasures, some of them easily accessible. Horseshoe Bend is a beautiful horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. The contrast between the emerald green of the Colorado River, which flows 340 meters below, and orange cliffs above is...

N as… No man’s land

N as… No man’s land

We cannot leave this charming corner of Utah without a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southwestern Utah (a State of Western USA). Bryce Canyon was named for Ebenezer Bryce, who settled below the Bryce Canyon Antitheater. He built a road to the plateau in the...

N as in… Nuances

N as in… Nuances

Yà'àt'héé, After watching the changing shapes of clouds reflected in the water at Vermillon Cliffs National Monument in Arizona (a State of Western USA), just south of the Utah state line, we decided to maintain this contemplative pace and observe the various shades...

N as in… Nowhere else

N as in… Nowhere else

In this article we offer a "rendez-vous" for Nowhere else, a real treat. Let's start with a miniature Sahara, the Coral Sand Dunes State Park, which presents a nice specter of pink and orange hued sand dunes, surrounded by red sandstone cliffs. Coral Sand Dunes State...

N as in… Nature

N as in… Nature

Lolma ... uh, hello Mrs. Hopi Coyote Um hinhinta ?... We are doing well, thank you (Pi nu 'qahinta) Here we go again... "We dreamed about another land/ that remains a mystery" (Téléphone – Je rêvais d’un autre monde, again)... this time, I think we landed in the right...

N as in… Navajo

N as in… Navajo

Here, I do not thank Quinn Mallory who did not respect the time limits.. Now, we are in a parallel world where language and culture are totally foreign to us... Yá'át'ééh ... hello, how are you. Háadish nits'éé' łee' Sita?... Where are you from? we are from France!...

N as in… New Age

N as in… New Age

Good morning, Arizona! Welcome to “The Grand Canyon State” or Hooo Hahoodzo in Navajo! Arizona is located in the Southwestern United States. Along with Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado it is one of the Four Corners states. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, but there...

List of countries in North and Central America that I have visited and details on the must-see places

Costa Rica, a green paradise

La Pura Vida is the emblematic motto of Costa Rica. More than a motto, it is a way of life, a gentler and purer life in the middle of a green Eden. A territory one-tenth the size of France, Costa Rica has rich biodiversity. In just a few years it has become a beautiful vehicle for international ecotourism, a true green paradise with a third of its territory classified as a nature reserve. If you need to fill up on iodine, coconut palms and immense white sandy beaches are waiting for you on the Pacific coast, but tropical forests covering a large part of the country offer majestic waterfalls, mysterious fauna (toucans, hummingbirds, iguanas, red-eyed tree frogs, etc.,) and luxuriant vegetation. You can also climb into the heights and visit volcanoes and high fertile plateaus covered with coffee trees and fruit orchards. In short, as you will understand, Costa Rica is a destination that will satisfy lovers of Mother Nature and lovers of letting go.

Cuba, the Pearl of the Caribbean

Commonly known as the Pearl of the Caribbean, Cuba is famous for its cigars, Havana Club rum, vintage cars, and the portrait of Che Guevara that proudly hangs on the walls of many of Havana’s buildings. But who knows Cuba for its diverse landscapes ranging from the Viñales National Park to the Ciénaga de Zapata, for its villages with colorful houses, for its sugar cane and tobacco plantations, or for its beaches on the Caribbean Sea? Cuba is undoubtedly a harmonious mix of maritime landscapes (fine sandy beaches and coral reefs), majestic cliffs (the mogotes of Viñales), vast fertile plains, and tropical forests. No matter where you are on the island, Cuban landscapes will never cease to amaze you…

The East Coast of the United States, larges cities between forests and mountains

Without any doubt, you know the big cities of the East Coast of the United States, such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, and their impressive buildings like the Empire State Building. But do you know the other face of this region of the United States with its mountains, forests, and magnificent bodies of water? Nature lovers and lovers of wide-open spaces will enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the East Coast: the White and the Green Mountains, the Adirondacks, Acadia National Park, the Thousand Islands archipelago on the St. Lawrence River, and Niagara Falls. All of these places are little corners of paradise where you can hike or escape for a weekend while enjoying lobster, clams, or a Crab Cake. For a breathtaking experience, plan your trip in autumn when the leaves of the trees turn into shades of orange, yellow, and red…

The United States Midwest, between plains and big lakes

As a bridge between East and West, the Midwest of the United States is a dive into an historical and traditional America, an authentic America, the America of the movies “The Bridges of Madison County” or “Fargo.” It is a vast region starting west of the Appalachian Mountains and ending at the foot of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Drive the legendary Route 66 and visit St. Louis and its arch or go north to Mount Rushmore with its monumental sculptures of the four U.S. presidents. Hike through the vast forests of Michigan, admire the myriad of lakes in Minnesota or the endless prairies of Ohio and Wisconsin and discover a thousand other treasures… There is so much to see and do that you will never be disappointed.

The American West, a spectacular wilderness

The American West is infused with a multitude of images from novels and films: Hollywood, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Route 66, John Wayne, Lucky Luke, the stagecoaches of cowboys and Indians, and so many sensational clichés that turn out to be only a reflection of reality. The American West is a land of contrasts and excess with marvelous landscapes. From the Grand Canyon to Death Valley, from the deserts of Utah to the thousand-year-old redwoods of California, Nature has created landscapes that are unique in the world, giving free rein to Mother Nature’s imagination! Nothing resembles the American West, and nothing prepares us for the exhilarating feeling we get when we dive into this vast region. Traveling through the untouched areas of this mythical territory is a unique, invaluable, and above all, unforgettable experience.

The captivating charm of the American South

Far from the glamour of the American megalopolis, the South of the United States has a melancholy and musical charm. The South is, of course, la douceur de Vivre, a mild climate, spicy cuisine, lush vegetation, and omnipresent nature. Louisiana and Florida are two particularly touristy states in the South of the United States. In Louisiana, you will be charmed by bayous, cotton plantations, and the jazz clubs of vibrant New Orleans. The Creole and Cajun cultures intertwine and unite to give Louisiana’s culture the unique qualities it is known for. In Florida, in addition to the classic beaches of Miami, you should not miss the Everglades National Park, the Keys archipelago, Key West, Naples and Orlando and its theme parks. But the American South is also the famous Smoky Mountains, the green lakes and the wild coast of North Carolina, the plantations, and historic cities, includin

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