Edited by Larry Habegger and Natanya Pearlman

From Belize to Panama, Central America lures travelers of all types with its many opportunities for adventure. Whether it’s exploring a rain forest, diving in the pristine waters of the world’s second longest barrier reef, delving into the region’s poignant and troubled history, or getting to know the ancient cultures of this colorful region, Central America provides a rich travel experience. Travelers’ Tales Central America is a first-of-its kind collection of true stories that reveal the region’s startling diversity. All seven countries—Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama—offer a window into a complex and astonishingly beautiful part of the world. The stories inTravelers’ Tales Central America probe beneath the surface to uncover each country’s unique qualities, bringing these places and their inhabitants vividly alive.

In Travelers’ Tales Central America readers will:

  • Take a seat on the train next to Paul Theroux as he rides through the lush Costa Rican countryside
  • Fall in love with a Guatemalan revolutionary high upon a volcano withJennifer K. Harbury
  • Accompany Tim Cahill as he seeks out the “lone ranger” protecting a hidden national park in Honduras
  • Surf the best waves in Central America at El Salvador’s La Libertad beach with Kevin Naughton
  • Join Randy Wayne White on a hunt for crocodiles with two shady characters in Panama
  • Connect your bat to your politics in Nicaraugua’s baseball heaven withJohn Krich
  • Explore the Place of Fright—the caves of the Mayan underworld-withDavid Roberts in Belize…and much more.

About the Editors

Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, co-edited the award-winning Travelers’ Tales Mexico and Travelers’ Tales Thailand, among others. As a series editor he has worked on the majority of the Travelers’ Tales titles, winning eighteen awards for excellence. He is co-author, with James O’Reilly, of “World Travel Watch,” a syndicated column which since 1985 has appeared in major newspapers in five countries. Larry lives in San Francisco, CA, with his family.

Natanya Pearlman first traveled to Central America when she was seventeen, and since then has returned multiple times, including once to build a school in the mountains of Nicaragua. She has worked on numerous Travelers’ Tales books, including A Woman’s Passion for Travel and the Second Edition of Gutsy Women. Natanya is a freelance editor and writer, and lives in Berkeley, CA.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel writing from world-famous authors and new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series of single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience. Travelers’ Tales Central America is the latest in the country and regional guide series.


Travelers’ Tales Central America
Edited by Larry Habegger and Natanya Pearlman
Travelers’ Tales, March 2002
$17.95, Trade Paperback, 318 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-885211-74-60