Vibrant Central America


FACES Magazine January 2021. Seven countries make up Central America—Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize.  Explore the region's volcanoes, beaches, and ruins

FACES Magazine January 2021.


Hola from Central America—the focus of this month’s FACES Magazine. Get to know the people, sites, and animals of these vibrant countries as you take a tour of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize.


Start with an introduction to some colorful and unusual Central American animals including a tapir, a Panamanian gold frog, and a jaguar. Take a whirlwind tour of the countries that make up Central America and what makes each country unique. Then, travel back to 600 C.E. to meet the Ancient Mayans and discover just how advanced they were. And become familiar with the authentic Central American dishes and even learn a little Spanish through traditional games.   


Enjoy features including:

  • This is Central America! by Marcia Amidon Lusted
  • Me, Oh-Maya! by Pat Betteley
  • Touring the Tables of Central America by Jennifer Buchet
  • Living a Long Life in the Blue Zone by Marcia Amidon Lusted
  • Semana Santa: Guatemala’s Holy Week by LuAnn Kern
  • Playing Games Honduras-style by Katherine Swarts
  • Attention World: Belize Saves Their Coral Reef by Colette Weil Parrinello
  • 3 Countries, 1 Biosphere by Christine Graf
  • The Legend of the Quetzal Bird retold by Pat Betteley

Regular features include High Five, At a Glance, Critter Corner, Where in the World, A Closer Look, Your Turn, Dear Kylie, Art Connection, Say What?, One Last Face, Contest, and a crossword puzzle.