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Anton Valley sits 1,968 feet above sea level in the crater of the world's second-largest inhabited dormant volcano. But that's not the valley's only attraction—the rare golden frog, a species endemic to Panama, also lurks within the surrounding mountain range.  
Credit: Panama Tourism Board 
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The Belize Reef, home to sponges, moray eels, and some of the region's more colorful fish, is the longest in the Western Hemisphere (and fifth-longest in the world). Running the length of the Belize coast, the reef eventually rises above the water where it forms hundreds of caves.  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
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Although Costa Rica has been a victim of severe deforestation, the Costa Rican government has set aside 19 percent of its land for national parks and reserves—a greater percentage of its land than any other country in the world.  
Credit: Corel 
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The Garifuna are the resilient descendants of shipwrecked 17th-century African slaves. Noted as artisans, dancers, and poets, they mix a mean drink, too. Guifiti, their poison of choice, is rum infused with garlic, allspice, cloves, Jicaco nut, and locally grown roots.  
Credit: West Stock 
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The red-eyed tree frog has those peepers for good reason—startle coloration. The frog's eyes remain closed as it sleeps all day. But if a predator disturbs, its bright red eyes pop open, startling the intruder and allowing the agile amphibian to leap to safety.  
Credit: Corel 
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The people of Guatemala are divided by ancestry. About half of the population is ladino, (of Spanish descent). The remainder—mostly Mayan descendants—can be divided into 28 indigenous groups, and they all retain their own traditional language.  
Credit: Emily Wilhelm 
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The green turtle can navigate across 1,500 miles of open sea to reach a choice nesting site. Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, is one of few spots in the world where the turtles will lay their eggs.  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
 
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