(North America, Central America, South America)
The Americas (sometimes collectively called America) are a landmass comprising the totality of North and South America. The Americas make up most of the land in Earth’s Western Hemisphere and comprise the New World.
Along with their associated islands, the Americas cover 8% of Earth’s total surface area and 28.4% of its land area. The topography is dominated by the American Cordillera, a long chain of mountains that runs the length of the west coast. The flatter eastern side of the Americas is dominated by large river basins, such as the Amazon, St. Lawrence River–Great Lakes basin, Mississippi, and La Plata. Since the Americas extend 14,000 km (8,700 mi) from north to south, the climate and ecology vary widely, from the arctic tundra of Northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska, to the tropical rain forests in Central America and South America.
After 3 and a half years not being able to visit my hometown in Mexico due to Covid-19, Jono and I planned this visit through Northern America to see my family in Monterrey and brother in New York after coming to Jono’s best friend wedding in Vancouver in August 2022.
After our Northern American trip, Jono and I were tempted to explore central America for a short while. Being smaller all together (the 7 central America countries) than most Canadian, US and Mexican states, we thought it’d be an awesome trip that could be done in a small amount of time and on a budget.