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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.

Cascavel is a city and municipality in western Parana state, Brazil. The population of the city was 272.243 with an area of 2.100 square kilometers and its population density was 114,97 inhabitants per square kilometers. The city is on a plateau 781 meters above sea level. It is 504 kilometers from west of the state capital of Curitiba and 605 kilometers from west of the sea port of Paranagua, 140 kilometers from the 3 borders west.

The name of the city means rattlesnake in Portuguese. The legend tells that a group of settlers camped one night in the region and they were woken by the sound of a rattle. Afterwards they realized they set up the camp next to a rattlesnake.
Cascavel is responsible for 26 percent of the total production of cereals in the state of Parana. The main crops are soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, cotton, and beans. It is also a big producer of poultry, swine, and beef cattle. The main industries are food processing, chemicals, metallurgy, and beverages.
Cascavel has one of the most advanced medical centers of the state, especially in videosurgery. Both Genisis and Salete Hospitals have centers for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Videosurgery that works with multiple departments. Cascavel is also a very important college center.

Cascavel experiences a boom with day tourists, owing to the clear air, town character with rich culture, high quality of life and conspicuously original history. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people also combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Central America.

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