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CONTENTS Costa Rica Intro...................................................................................8 Sightseeing ......................................................................12 Hotels ..............................................................................17 Belize Intro.................................................................................30 Sightseeing ......................................................................34 Escorted Tours ..................................................................35 Hotels ..............................................................................36 Panama Intro.................................................................................38 Sightseeing ......................................................................42 Hotels ..............................................................................43 General Conditions ............................................................47
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COSTA RICA RENOWNED FOR ITS ECO-TOURISM, OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL & NATURAL BEAUTY
PANAMA COSTA RICA
he greatest eco-tourism destination in the world, Costa Rica has devoted a full
one-quarter of its territory to preservation in national parks and protected areas. This small, peaceful, thriving nation delivers stunningly diverse culture, climates, flora, fauna, and landscapes, encompassing rainforests, dry tropical and temperate forests, volcanoes, high mountains, marshy lowlands, steaming hot springs, and 750 miles of worldrenowned Caribbean and Pacific beaches. Embrace the landscape and go swimming, hiking, biking, surfing, zip-lining, birdwatching, rafting, fishing, and diving. The capital city, San José, is the gateway to Costa Rica’s many natural attractions, but as a bustling cosmopolitan
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES (to Liberia) New York/Newark 5 hours Philadelphia 6 hours Boston 6 hours Chicago 5 hours Miami 2½ hours Los Angeles 5½ hours (some flights may require connections) ENTRY/DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS US citizens must have a valid passport upon arrival in Costa Rica; no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. All foreign visitors must also have return/onward tickets; travel documentation for their next destination; and proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay in the country. There is a departure tax of $29.00 USD when leaving Costa Rica by air. LANGUAGE Spanish, although most Ticos (native Costa Ricans) also speak English. CURRENCY Costa Rican colón (₡) CLIMATE Tropical, with average temperatures ranging from 50°F in the mountains to 80°F at the beach. The average temperature is 72°F. The rainy season runs from MayOctober, while the dry season is November-April.
center, it certainly has its own personality and flair. You can dine on excellent cuisine, both local specialties and more easily recognizable gourmet treats. Hit the streets in a vibrant city with all the modern conveniences, and explore the past and re-discover the present in San José’s numerous museums and cultural institutions.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
NATURE CALLS • National Parks including Manuel Antonio, Palo Verde, and Carara open their doors for beach and nature lovers to explore spectacular beaches with calm waters and crashing surf, plus lush rainforests. • Keep your eyes peeled for quirky wildlife including such colorful birds as the resplendent quetzal and keel-billed toucan, and the swinging howler, speedy spider, and white-faced monkeys. • A guided tour of Arenal Volcano takes you through lush rainforest to an observation point to witness the fiery lava flow of Central America’s most active volcano. • Meet hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, and mammals – including jaguars – on a guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.
ACTIVE DUTY Gear up for endless outdoor adventures such as: • whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, sailing
Manzanillo beach at Puerto Viejo
BEACH LIFE Bask on more than 750 miles of Pacific and Caribbean beaches – sparklingly white or dark volcanic sands, fronting calm waters or relentlessly crashing surf – drenched with sun all year long. Along
• snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing
the Pacific “Gold Coast,” you can:
• zip-lining, bungee jumping
• Hit the breaks off Puntarenas’ popular Playa Tivives.
• canyoning, rock climbing
• Soak up the scenery at Jaco Beach.
• hang-gliding, ballooning, paragliding
• Explore the lush rainforests surrounding Manuel Antonio Beach.
• biking, horseback riding
• Swim the calm waters off Playa Tambor.
• golf, tennis, and birdwatching.
• Stroll for miles on the sands along Playa Montezuma, where you’ll find plenty of quiet spots as well as picturesque waterfalls. • Head to Malpaís for deserted beaches and great surf.
Hanging bridge, Monteverde Cloud Forest
TEE IT UP With great year-round weather and abundant scenic beauty, you can tee off on golf courses designed by the likes of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Arnold Palmer, Ted Robinson, and George Fazio. Expect rolling fairways lined by tropical flowers and lush foliage, and challenging links overlooking sandy beaches. Many of the top courses have been certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for preserving the surrounding eco-system.
SPA COUNTRY After exploring both city and countryside, check in to one of Costa Ricaâ€™s many luxurious resort spas to sooth your joyously aching muscles and deepen your relaxation amid stunning scenery. Rejuvenate with an organic coffee body scrub, unwind with a silky mud wrap, sink into steaming hot springs heated by volcanoes, bliss out with meditative yoga, or treat yourself to a decadent beachside massage or facial.
COSTA RICA: SIGHTSEEING
Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour
Arenal Volcano Hike Tour
Fortuna - Arenal / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Nature lovers will enjoy walking on 15 secure aluminum bridges, ranging from five to 100 yards long, along a two-mile rainforest circuit. An expert guide will reveal the natural history of this fascinating and vibrant tropical rainforest. Along with the breathtaking vistas of the Arenal Volcano from the hanging bridges, this nature tour is an unforgettable experience.
Fortuna - Arenal / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Enjoy extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano on a gentle 2.5-hour hike along the base. The hike begins on one of the trails close to the volcano, then takes you through the forest, over recent lava flows, and into the area destroyed in 1968 that is now in the process of regeneration.
Zipline Congo Trail
Liberia / 12 Hours / Olympus Tours Explore the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua, the oldest in Central America, founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524. Colonial buildings and Baroque churches alternate with 16th century Renaissance style. From the city of Granada, continue to Lake Nicaragua for a boat ride to the islets. Lunch at a colonial restaurant and a tour of Granada and Masaya shops will make your trip unforgettable.
Liberia / 8 Hours / Olympus Tours Climb the mountains to the cloud forest on a mystical journey of one of the most spectacular displays of scenery. This tour will take you to new heights, as treetop walkways cross through the cloud forest. Explore a community that gathers more than 20 species of tropical butterflies. Enjoy over 100 beautiful hummingbirds flying cheerfully around you, and discover the world’s third largest private insect collection.
Liberia / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours This tour is a total adrenaline rush. The zip-line system consists of a network of suspended cables that go from one platform to another and let you soar from tree to tree over the forest. The platforms were carefully built in the midst of the tropical dry forest, and allow you to fly between the trees and see the wildlife up in the treetops.
Arenal’s Sky Tram & Sky Trek
Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Experience spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano and lake from the Sky Tram and Sky Trek (zip-lines), and hike through trails full of flora and fauna. The Sky Tram is a 15-minute aerial tram tour through the rainforest to the Miguel Angel Observatory, where you have great views of the volcano, the lake, and the Tilarán mountain range. Then gear up for Sky Trek, a 3,280-foot-long zip-line system that soars through the rainforest.
Arenal Volcano / 4 Hours / Olympus Tours The great pastoral countryside unfolds as you gently ride your horse to the Arenal Volcano’s foothills. After dismounting, hike through the forest for about 500 yards to a hidden waterfall that emerges from an emeraldcolored jungle cliff into a natural pool where you can swim in the cool mountain waters.
Arenal Volcano Hike & Hot Spring Liberia / 8 Hours / Olympus Tours Enjoy extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano while on a gentle hike along its base. At the hot springs, take a healthy and relaxing soak with the possibility of seeing the sunset over the Arenal Volcano from the spa. Choose between Tabacón, Eco Termales, Baldi, The Springs, or Titokú Hot Springs.
Guanacaste / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Journey through small villages to the location where this canopy zip-line tour begins. Then experience the adrenaline rush as you prepare to get a bird’s-eye view of nature’s best. Zip safely through the treetops and over riverbanks while relishing the life of the rainforest and being one with nature.
COSTA RICA: SIGHTSEEING
Canopy Tour & Hot Springs Guanacaste / 10 Hours / Olympus Tours Wearing a harness and accompanied by a trained guide, wing it across 10 cables connecting platforms in centuries-old trees in the Rincón de la Vieja area. Glide down a 1,300-foot water slide in the tropical forest, and enjoy a lunch featuring Costa Rican cuisine. Take a horseback or horse-drawn carriage ride to thermal hot springs for a volcanic mud treatment.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park Guanacaste / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Take an extraordinary hike to one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes with nine eruption points, reaching up to 6,200 feet. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is home to a fascinating variety of birds, insects, monkeys, unique trees, and flowing rivers, along with Costa Rica’s national flower – the wild purple orchard. A delightful lunch is included in this eye-opening tour.
Canopy Tour Jaco Beach / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Built in a transitional area between the tropical dry forest and the tropical rainforest, this canopy tour is a network of 13 platforms, seven zip-lines, a Tarzan Swing, a three-story treehouse, suspension bridges, and a 90-foot rappel. Try them all and feel the adrenaline rush of the adventure. The Waterfalls Canopy is located near Carara National Park.
Canon de la Vieja Adrenaline
Canopy Hacienda El Roble
Liberia / 8 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica The Borinquen Expedition is an exciting combination of zip-lining and soaking in hot springs, the perfect place for fun, adventure, and relaxation, with the magnificent Rincon de la Vieja volcano as backdrop. Tour the nature trail in the rainforest and discover the diversity of species that inhabit this region. Glide through the jungle canopy on a zip-line adventure and enjoy stunning treetop scenery from above.
Liberia / 6 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica Get ready for a day of high-speed thrills and adventure, beginning with a horseback ride alongside a local cowboy guide in the Guanacaste plains. Next, embark on a zip-line ride that spans nine cables and 17 platforms, and gives you a great view from the treetops. Gear up for rock climbing and rappelling from a natural stone wall 60 feet high. Finally, hop into an inflatable boat for a roaring rafting trip over Class II and III rapids.
Liberia / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica Travel to a canopy northeast of Tamarindo Beach and take in a breathtaking panoramic view of Costa Rica’s landscapes from a height of 300 feet on this zip-line adventure that covers 10 cables in a circuit over 1,900 feet long. You’ll also see a variety of birds and families of howler monkeys.
Spider Monkey Canopy La Cruz
Tenorio Rafting Zone 1
Damas Island Tour
Liberia / 5 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica This zip-line tour, spanning about 4,000 feet in total length over 11 cables through the tress of a rainforest, brings you face-to-face with three species of monkeys found in Costa Rica and showcases great views of Salinas Bay.
Liberia / 8 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica Take a thrilling 4x4 ride to the Tenorio River and, after a thorough safety briefing, put in for a thrilling rafting trip through picturesque Guanacaste. Pass through a deep red-rock canyon and 22 fun and exciting Class III and IV rapids, including the 12-foot waterfall drop called Cascabel Falls. You’ll see iguanas, tropical birds, and monkeys amid stunning rustic scenery.
Manuel Antonio / 3.5 Hours / Olympus Tours Experiencing the estuary and mangroves of Damas Island is an exciting adventure that allows you to explore the natural history of Costa Rica’s exotic flora and fauna. The three-toed sloth, different species of monkeys, and snakes are found in this area, as well as many marine birds. The expedition through the mangrove can be undertaken by kayak or boat during the day.
COSTA RICA: SIGHTSEEING
The Frog Pond, Butterfly Garden
Santa Elena Rainforest
Sky Trek & Sky Tram
Monteverde / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Thanks to variable climate and large altitudinal gradient, Monteverde is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 500 species of butterflies, 120 reptile and amphibian species, 2,500 plant species, 420 different types of orchids, 200 fern species, 500 species of trees, and thousands of insects.
Monteverde / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours This adrenaline-pumping adventure takes you on a sky tram to a viewing platform overlooking the cloud forest, from which you slide down on a network of 11 crosssectional zip-lines inside the canopy of the forest. A pair of high platforms reveals great views of the northern valleys, the Pacific coastline, and even the islands of the Nicoya Gulf.
Carara National Park Tour
Cascajal Horseback Riding
Monteverde / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours The Sky Walk is a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. Explore the forest canopy in a safe and easy way, and gain a different perspective on the forest’s wildlife. This is a great opportunity for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
Puntarenas / 4 Hours / Olympus Tours Take a memorable trek through Carara National Park, important due to its location in the transition area between tropical dry forest and tropical rainforest. The Rio Grande de Tarcoles borders the park and helps provide the perfect habitat for a great variety of animals and birds, including one of the largest wild populations of scarlet macaws in the country. Birders will have the trip of their life here.
Puntarenas / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Begin with a horseback ride commencing at a hacienda corral and through 766 acres of regenerated and transition forest and mango plantations. During the trip you’ll see a lot of flora and fauna. At the Machuca River, stretch your legs and enjoy a snack of natural fruits.
Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs
Irazu Volcano, Lankester Gardens & Orosi Valley
Pacuare White Water Rafting Class III-IV
San José / 11 Hours / Olympus Tours Pass through the country’s most important agricultural regions to reach Irazu Volcano National Park. Explore four craters at the summit of Costa Rica’s highest active volcano. Visit the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles and the Lankester Gardens, and see the colonial church in Orosi.
San José / 10 Hours / Olympus Tours On this memorable river adventure, tackle the exhilarating Class III and IV rapids of the Pacuare River and bask in the awesome colorful foliage while descending to the Caribbean lowlands. About halfway through the trip, stop for a buffet-style lunch on a peaceful river beach. The tour finishes in Siquirres at the private Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change into some fresh clothes, drink a cold beverage, and enjoy pictures of your trip.
Monteverde / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours This excursion begins with a visit to the Butterfly Garden, followed by the educational hall to learn more about scorpions, tarantulas, and wasps. Continue to the Monteverde Frog Pond to see some colorful species, including a green frog with red eyes and the unusual “blue jeans frog.” Finally, at the CASEM (Coop of Artisans of Santa Elena Monteverde), you can check out and purchase locally produced handicrafts.
San José / 12 Hours / Olympus Tours The impressive Arenal Volcano attracts tourists due to its permanent, extraordinary volcanic activity, which on clear nights can seem like fireworks with intermittent explosions of ash and lava. Make a stop in the town of Sarchi, “Birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans.” Continue through diverse plantations to La Fortuna, with lunch in a cozy restaurant near the volcano. Relax in thermal waters, and after dinner, return to San José.
COSTA RICA: SIGHTSEEING
San José City Tour
Canopy & ATV Combo
Manuel Antonio National Park
San José / 8 Hours / Olympus Tours Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and learn about its rich history as you traverse through its largest city. You’ll visit the Plaza of Democracy, National Museum, National Theater, and La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Shop for souvenirs, and meander through city parks.
Jaco Beach / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica Dive into two exciting adventures on this excursion, beginning with a guided ATV jaunt along jungle trails, following rivers and sometimes-bumpy dirt paths. Afterward (conditions permitting), take a quick swim in a natural pool and enjoy some fresh fruits and water. Then, take to the air in a picturesque primary forest, soaring from platform to platform along a series of 12 zip-lines spanning a total of more than two miles.
Jaco Beach / 3 Hours / Olympus Tours Costa Rica Take a leisurely stroll or an intense hike (your choice) with a highly trained, well-educated Costa Rican naturalist guide through the bio-diverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. Spot several exotic species of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, iguanas, anteaters, snakes, and birds, and learn about the history of the Quepoa Indians. Enjoy some local fresh fruits and refreshments as you pause to savor your adventure, then unwind on an un-crowded, pristine beach.
COSTA RICA: HOTELS NICARAGUA
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Airport COSTA RICA
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Bajos del Toro
Puntarenas Tortuga Island
San Gerardo de Dota
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Quepos Manuel Antonio
Coco Island Palma Sur Golfito
FEATURED COSTA RICA HOTELS Arenal 1 Nayara Springs 2 Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa Bajos del Toro 3 El Silencio Lodge & Spa Guanacaste 4 Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica 5 Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica 6 Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 7 Hotel Punta Islita Costa Rica 8 Hotel Riu Guanacaste 9 Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica 10 JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
11 Occidental Papagayo 12 Occidental Tamarindo 13 Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa 14 Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica 15 The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal Jaco Beach 16 Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort Manuel Antonio 17 Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge Monteverde 18 El Establo Mountain Hotel
Puntarenas 19 Barceló Tambor San Gerardo de Dota 20 Savegre Hotel – Natural Reserve & Spa San José 21 Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San José 22 Hotel Alta Las Palomas 23 Hotel Presidente 24 Real InterContinental San José Costa Rica 25 Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center San Ramon 26 Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve
Please contact your Travel Consultant for additional hotels in this destination.
COSTA RICA: HOTELS Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, 22222 Costa Rica Guanacaste/Papagayo
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal 4
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All-Inclusive • Plush resort set between lush forests & Pacific waters • 406 AC rooms & suites • 10 Restaurants, 5 bars, concierge • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool, Jacuzzi • The Spa by Westin, WestinWORKOUT® Gym • Westin Kids Club®, complimentary Wi-Fi • Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course • Tennis, non-motorized water sports
Lively beachfront resort on Culebra Bay 153 AC rooms & suites 3 Restaurants, bar Outdoor family & adult pools, 2 beaches Onda Spa, fitness center Tennis center, Arnold Palmer 18-hole golf course • 180-Slip marina, non-motorized water sports • Cambi Kids Club • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Guanacaste/Playa Arenillas
Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica 22221/2 14
Guanacaste/Playa de Matapalo
Unlimited-Luxury® Adults-Only • Luxury beachfront resort on stunning Peninsula Papagayo • 202 AC rooms & suites with private balconies • 3 Restaurants, buffet, café, 5 bars • 24-Hr concierge & room service • Outdoor pool • Secrets Spa by Pevonia®, fitness center • Water sports, live nightly entertainment
All-Inclusive • Luxury resort on Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste • 538 AC junior suites & suites • 5 Restaurants, 6 bars, swim-up bar, 24-hr sports bar, 24-hr room service • 4 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Spa, fitness center, steam bath, Jacuzzi • Non-motorized water sports • Casino, nightclub • Complimentary Wi-Fi
COSTA RICA: HOTELS Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica Guanacaste/Playa El Jobo
Tabacon Thermal Resort &Spa 2222
• Luxury eco-resort on 900 acres of rainforest at base of Arenal Volcano • 103 AC rooms & suites • 2 Restaurants, 3 bars, swim-up bar • Concierge, 24-hr room service • Outdoor pools, Jacuzzi • Complimentary access to natural hot springs • The Spa at Tabacón • Exclusive access to adults-only Shangri-La Gardens • Complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking
Nayara Springs Arenal Preferred Partner
• Boutique eco-hotel in Arenal Volcano National Park • 16 AC villas • 3 Restaurants, café, piano bar, pool bar • 2 Outdoor infinity pools • The Spa at Nayara Springs, fitness center, sauna, steam room, yoga, Pilates • Spanish lessons • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Unlimited-Luxury® • New beachfront resort on Guanacaste’s northern coast • 447 AC rooms & suites • 5 Restaurants (à la carte), buffet grill & café, 6 bars & lounges, nightclub • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool, whirlpool • Dreams Spa by Pevonia®, fitness center • Water sports • Explorer’s Club for kids, Core Zone Teens Club
Hotel Riu Guanacaste Guanacaste/Playa de Matapalo
El Silencio Lodge & Spa 2222
Bajos del Toro • All-suite resort flanked by 2 national parks • 16 Suites with private heated outdoor whirlpools, 2 master suites, 4 two-bedroom villas • Family Restaurant Hierba Buena, Las ventanas organic & wellness cuisine, bar • Eco-concierge services • Esencia Spa, yoga & meditation deck • Hiking trails • Cultural immersion activities • Conference room, art gallery
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula 22222 6 Papagayo Guanacaste/Papagayo Preferred Partner All-Inclusive • Beachfront resort along Playa de Matapalo on Pacific Coast • 701 AC rooms & junior suites • 5 Restaurants, 5 bars, swim-up bar, 24-hr sports bar • 3 Outdoor pools, kids pool, whirlpool • Renova Spa, fitness center, Jacuzzi • Casino & nightclub, daytime entertainment • Water sports, golf nearby ($) • RiuLand Kids Club
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Luxury resort on golden-sand beach 181 AC rooms, hillside suites & villas 4 Restaurants, 3 bars 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool, 3 beaches, private luxury cabanas The Spa at Four Seasons, fitness center Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, non-motorized water sports Kids & teen programs, summer camps Tropicsurf surfing school Complimentary Wi-Fi
COSTA RICA: HOTELS JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
• Hacienda-style beachfront resort • 310 AC rooms & 1-bedroom suites • 4 Restaurants, 2 bars, pool bar, concierge, 24-hr room service • Outdoor infinity pool • Spa, fitness center • Kids club • Water sports, tennis, horseback riding • Golf nearby
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort 2222
• Picturesque resort on secluded beach • 54 AC rooms, suites & private villas with terraces • 2 Restaurants, 2 bars, swim-up bar • 2 Outdoor freshwater pools, kids pool, beach club • Casa Spa, fitness center • 9-Hole executive golf course, tennis • Activities included • Islita Community Art Museum
Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge 2222
Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf 2222 & Spa Guanacaste/Playa Conchal
• Boutique resort amid tropical rainforest, beaches & Manuel Antonio National Park • 50 AC rooms & suites • 2 Restaurants, 3 bars, swim-up bar • 2 Outdoor pools (family & adults-only), water slide • Cala Spa • HX Movie & Presentation Theater, Regalame Art Gallery & Gift Boutique • Greentique Wildlife Refuge • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to beach • Complimentary Wi-Fi
All-Inclusive Adults-Only • Deluxe resort on a bluff above Playa Buena Beach • 163 AC rooms & suites, exclusive Premium Level Accommodations • 4 Restaurants, snack bar, 3 bars • Outdoor free-form freshwater pool • Spa ($), fitness center, tennis • Water sports, eco-tours & excursions • Daily activities, live music in lobby, disco
• Exclusive beach & golf community with spectacular ocean views • 40 AC private residences & villas • Restaurant, 2 bars, snack bar, beach bar • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool, full access to private beach club • The Spa by Westin, Marea Brava Gym, sauna, whirlpool • Water sports • Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Playa Herradura/Outside Jaco Beach All-Inclusive Option Available • Oceanfront resort set between 1,000acre tropical rainforest & Pacific Ocean • 201 AC rooms & suites • 3 Restaurants, 2 bars, coffee shop • Concierge, room service • Outdoor free-form pool, kids pool, swim-up bar • Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat, fitness center • 18-Hole La Iguana Golf Club, tennis courts • Wedding services
Occidental Papagayo Guanacaste/Playa Buena
All-Inclusive • Energetic resort on Tamarindo Bay • 198 AC rooms & suites, Club Premium • 2 Restaurants, 3 bars, snack bar • Outdoor pool, kids pool, Jacuzzi • U-Wellness Spa, fitness center, whirlpool, aerobics • Tennis court, water sports • The Kids Club • Disco, nightly shows
Hotel Punta Islita Costa Rica Guanacaste/Punta Islita
El Establo Mountain Hotel 13
Monteverde • Chalet-style resort on 1,000 acres in misty cloud forest with spectacular views • 155 Spacious rooms with balconies • 2 Restaurants, 2 bars, BBQ grill, fine dining • Indoor heated pool & Jacuzzis • Green Leaf Spa • Tennis & mini-soccer courts, fitness center • Tour desk, conference center, coffee station
COSTA RICA: HOTELS Barceló Tambor Puntarenas/Playa Tambor
Hotel Alta Las Palomas 222
Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center San José - Suburban 222
• Romantic boutique hotel set amid volcanoes, mountains & valley • TripAdvisor “2016 Travelers’ Choice” • 23 AC rooms & suites • Restaurant, café, bar • Concierge, room service • Outdoor pool • Spa, fitness center, sauna • Library • Complimentary Wi-Fi
All-Inclusive • Modern beachfront resort surrounded by nature preserve • 402 AC rooms • 3 Restaurants, 3 bars, coffee shop, pool & swim-up bars • 3 Outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, kids pool • Spa Tambor, fitness center • 3 Lighted tennis courts, water sports • Barcy Club • Eco Park with Butterfly Farm
Savegre Hotel – Natural Reserve & Spa
San Gerardo de Dota
San José - Downtown
• Boutique eco-resort in tranquil mountain cloud forest • 40 Rooms & junior suites • Restaurant, 2 cafés, lounge • Room service • Outdoor pool • Del Rio Spa, sauna, steam room • Trekking, horseback riding, birdwatching • Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Iconic landmark in historic downtown San José • 80 AC rooms & suites • Restaurant, breakfast included • Concierge, room service • Fitness center, rooftop terrace • Casino • Tour desk • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San José San José - Suburban
• Beautiful colonial hacienda-style resort on 30-acre coffee plantation • 299 AC rooms • 3 Restaurants, 2 bars, coffee shop • Concierge, 24-hr room service • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Kuö Spa, salon, fitness center • 2 Tennis courts, driving range • Wedding services
Real InterContinental San José 2222 Costa Rica San José - Downtown • Deluxe urban retreat in the heart of Escazú, San José’s most exclusive district • 372 AC rooms & suites • 4 Restaurants, 2 bars, pool bar • Concierge, 24-hr room service • 2 Outdoor heated pools, kids pool • Real InterContinental Spa, 24-hr fitness center • Convention Center
• Modern hotel in idyllic setting just minutes from downtown & airport • 230 AC rooms & suites, in-room safe, plasma TV • 3 Restaurants, bar, 24-hr room service, complimentary breakfast buffet, Hard Rock Café on site • 3 Outdoor pools, 5 Jacuzzis, lush gardens • Mioderma Spa, fitness center • Casino • Complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle service • Walking distance to golf course & shopping
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel 2222 & Nature Reserve San Ramon • Eco-friendly resort surrounded by Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve • 35 Casitas with wood-burning fireplaces • Restaurant, lounge, daily buffet breakfast Concierge • Voices of Nature Spa, yoga • Game room, movie theater, chapel • Self-guided nature trails • Celebrity Cow Dairy Farm • Complimentary Wi-Fi
BELIZE ONE OF CENTRAL AMERICAâ€™S BEST-KEPT SECRETS
elize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on the planet. And that is its primary appeal:
You can explore underground caves and Mayan sacrificial altars. Canoe down meandering rivers. Wander along a coastline lined with mangrove swamps. Grab your scuba gear and dive into the planet’s most amazing seascapes. Central America’s only official English-speaking country is one of travel’s best-kept secrets, marked by the splendid diversity of both its land and its people, whose backgrounds include
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES New York/Newark 6 hours Philadelphia 5½ hours Boston 5½ hours Chicago 5 hours Miami 2 hours Los Angeles 5 hours (some flights may require connections) ENTRY/DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS US citizens must have a passport valid beyond their planned departure date, proof of onward/ return ticket, and sufficient funds (minimum $60 USD per day) to cover the cost of the length of stay. No visas are required for tourist visits. There is a departure fee of $39.25 USD included in the price of all US airline tickets; at the land borders, US citizens are charged up to $18.75 USD depending on length of stay. LANGUAGE English is the official language.
Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, and Maya – a melting
CURRENCY Belize dollar (BZD$).
pot of cultures whose harmony brings out the best in human nature! This blend of cultures is delightfully reflected in the
CLIMATE Subtropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. Average annual temperature is 80ºF and varies little throughout the year. The rainy season is JuneAugust.
country’s music, cuisine, and many annual festivals, all set against a dazzling backdrop of dense jungles, Mayan ruins, and pristine beaches lined with lofty palms. Your travel consultant can help you determine what kind of vacation – and where – will deliver the most fulfilling experience.
Xunantunich Maya Temple
MADE BY MAYANS All around the country, explore the monumental structures bequeathed by a thriving ancient Maya civilization: • Caracol (Western Belize) – Check out the main pyramid (“Sky Palace”), the tallest Maya structure in Belize. • Xunantunich (Western Belize) – Drive right up to this impressive pyramid and well-excavated site near San Ignacio. • Altun Ha and Lamanai (Northern Belize) – Discover plazas, pyramids, and ball courts at these two separate sites, the closest to Belize City. Blue Hole diving spot
• Cerro Maya (Northern Belize) – Explore this stunning site that encompasses five temples with panoramic views.
UNDER THE SEA The big fun in Belize is on and under the water: The warm, clear Caribbean Sea shelters the second-longest barrier reef in the world, home to a thriving community of tropical fish, eel, sharks, and other marine creatures, plus fascinating shipwrecks. Get certified for scuba diving at any of the numerous PADI dive centers along the coast. Experienced divers prize the 400-foot-deep Great Blue Hole, an off-shore sinkhole renowned for stunning marine life and the limestone stalactites spiking its cobalt depths. You can also gear up for unforgettable undersea exploration at: • North: Ambergris Caye/San Pedro, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mexico Rocks, Caye Caulker • South: Faegon’s Point, Faegon’s Bluff, Cuda Point, Tobacco Channel, Eagle Ray Bowl, Coral Monument Canyon
• Coral atolls: Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Islands, Glover’s Reef
Caye Caulker Island
BRING IT HOME Shopping in Belize centers on the art, crafts, and furniture made by Belizean artisans. Check into the small boutiques and shops to find: • cookbooks, rums, spices, ceramics • paintings, dolls, hammocks, sandals • black coral jewelry, jade jewelry • figurines, masks, wood carvings, Maya replicas • maracas and Garifuna drums
HOME OF THE CAVE Grab a flashlight and explore an extensive system of caves offering varying degrees of accessibility and adventure. Discover sparkling stalactite and stalagmite formations, pottery shards, and even underground waterfalls. Brave the depths of Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known as ATM, an ancient burial altar set deep within the underground caves of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. Slip on a miner’s helmet to wade the unlit river snaking its way through the blackness, and climb the rocky walls to view the crystallized skeletons of human victims sacrificed at the site.
Actun Tunichil Muknal
The Belize Zoo
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich
Ambergris Caye / 8 Hours / Discovery Expeditions In the heart of the rainforest, this cave system of chambers leads to a massive underground cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Trek though the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, then don a miner’s helmet and paddle into the cave.
Ambergris Caye / 4 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Get up-close and personal with the animals of Belize at The Belize Zoo, which exhibits over 125 animals native to the country. Peek into the fascinating world of cats, primates, reptiles, and birds as you explore their way of life. The tour is led by the zookeeper himself, who shares his intimate knowledge of the animals’ backgrounds with you.
Ambergris Caye / 7 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Embark on a fascinating adventure with only an inner tube, life vest, and headlamp. Your day begins with a drive to the Xunantunich ruins, including 25 temples and palaces as well as El Castillo, with its panoramic view of the Macal, Mopan, and Belize River valleys. Next, take a brief hike through the rainforest to the cave, once used by the ancient Maya for ceremonies and rituals. Experience breathtaking underground waterfalls, crystallized ceilings, and exotic cave formations.
Lamanai Maya Temples & New River Safari
Xunantunich & Barton Creek
Altun Ha Maya Temples Tour
Belize City / 7 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Belize This adventure begins with a scenic drive up the Western Highway to the Cayo District, home to the ancient city of Xunantunich. The ruins are actually located on one of the highest plateaus in the area, and it’s possible to climb to the top of El Castillo, the largest temple at the site. Continue to Barton Creek Cave, where you will gently paddle a canoe into the Xibalba cave system, where Mayan artifacts are secretly tucked away in overhead alcoves.
San Pedro & Belize City / 4 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Board the tour vehicle en route to the ruins of Altun Ha (Mayan for “Rock, Stone, and Water”), where the famous Jade Head of “Kinich Ahau” was uncovered. Altun Ha was once a major trading center linking the Maya of the Caribbean with the Central American mainland Maya during the Post Classic and Classic periods.
Snorkel - Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Xunantunich Maya Temples & Cave Tubing
San Pedro / 3 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Snorkel in the first marine reserve established in Central America – Hol Chan (Mayan for “Little Channel”). Explore the coral reefs while swimming amongst flamboyantly colored tropical fish. Then head to a second snorkel stop, Shark Ray Alley. Friendly reef fish, including snappers and jacks, dart among graceful stingrays and inquisitive brown nurse sharks for an experience not to be missed.
San Pedro / 8 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Travel to ancient Xunantunich via a 19th century handcranked ferry across the Mopan River. The Xunantunich ruins include 25 temples and palaces including the largest, El Castillo. Next, drive through the rainforest to Caves Branch Outpost, an underground cave system where you’ll float on an inner tube, experiencing underground waterfalls, crystallized ceilings, and exotic cave formations.
Ambergris Caye / 8 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Board a riverboat at Tower Hill and head up the New River, traversing little creeks and encountering hawks, kites, and falcons. At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai rise into view. While touring the site, huge masks depicting past rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birdlife and the haunting call of howler monkeys.
Cave Tubing / Belize Zipride San Pedro / 7 Hours / Discovery Expeditions Belize Your adventure to Caves Branch Outpost begins with a zip-line across a series of overhead cables criss-crossing the rainforest canopy, with stunning karst limestone cliffs as your backdrop. Hike a jungle trail to the entrance of an underground cave system, where your guide will hand out headlamps for your tube float through the crystallinelined caves. Afterwards, enjoy a buffet lunch.
BELIZE: ESCORTED TOURS For a broad perspective on Belize, join one of these comprehensive escorted tours provided by Discovery Expeditions.
Maya Mask Temple
Belize Adventure Package
Highlands, Islands & Tikal
Reef & Rainforest Explorer
8 Days/7 Nights
8 Days/7 Nights
8 Days/7 Nights
Day 1: Welcome To Belize
Day 1: Welcome to Belize
Day 1: Welcome to Belize
Arrive and transfer to your Belize City hotel.
Arrive and transfer to your Cayo area hotel.
Day 2: River Kayaking & Horseback Ride Travel to Caves Branch Outpost and hop into a two-man kayak to explore the Caves Branch River and its exotic flora and fauna. Then, saddle up to ride through pristine rainforests and along the Caves Branch River to scenic Hell Gate Falls. Enjoy lunch at Caves Branch Outpost, then loop back via jungle trails.
Day 2: Caracol & Mountain Pine Ridge
Day 3: Actun Tunichil Muknal
Enjoy a full-day tour of majestic Tikal in Guatemala (passport documents required), the most recognized of all Mayan ruins. Visit Complex Q, R, Temple IV, Temple III, and the Main Plaza. Savor a picnic lunch, then return to your hotel.
Visit the cave system of Actun Tunichil Muknal, a series of chambers that end in a cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place.
Day 4: Xunantunich
Depart for a full-day tour of Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, with stops to explore Rio Frio Caves and swim at the Rio On bathing pools. Proceed to the Mayan site of Caracol and enjoy a picnic lunch. After the tour, return to your hotel.
Day 3: Tikal National Park
Arrive and transfer to your Belize City hotel.
Day 2: Lamanai & The New River Drive up the Northern Highway, board a riverboat at Tower Hill, and head up the New River to the New River Lagoon and the ruins of Lamanai.
Day 3: Cave Tubing & Zipride Hike through the rainforests of Caves Branch National Park to a platform in the canopy of trees to begin an hour-long zip-line adventure. Next, float on tubes in the underground cave system. After lunch, continue to Cayo City.
Day 4: Xunantunich & Barton Creek Cave After a morning at leisure, drive to Xunantunich to explore this impressive Maya site. Before reaching the entrance, cross the Mopan River on a 19thcentury ferry. Climb to the top of El Castillo, the site’s largest temple, for panoramic views. Next, continue via canoe into Barton Creek Cave.
After a morning at leisure, drive to Xunantunich to explore this impressive Maya site. Before reaching the entrance, cross the Mopan River on a 19thcentury ferry. Climb to the top of El Castillo, the site’s largest temple, for panoramic views.
Day 4: Free Day / Optional Tours
Days 5-6: Caves Branch Outpost
Day 5: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Hike through the rainforests of Caves Branch National Park to begin an hour-long zip-line adventure. Next, float on tubes beneath the stalagmites and stalactites of the jungle’s underground cave system. After lunch, continue to Belize City for a short flight to Ambergris Caye.
Drive to Belize City for a connection commuter flight to the quaint seaside village of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for three nights of island ambiance.
Depart Cayo for return drive to Belize City, where you’ll connect on a domestic flight to the quaint seaside village of San Pedro for three nights.
Day 6: Sea Trek
The unique Sea Trek Underwater Helmet Diving Tour brings you face-to-face with the ocean.
Day 7: Sea Trek
Enjoy a free day with optional activities, including excursions to Xunantunich Maya Temples, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Caves, horseback riding, and river canoeing.
The unique Sea Trek Underwater Helmet Diving Tour brings you face-to-face with the ocean.
The unique Sea Trek Underwater Helmet Diving Tour brings you face-to-face with the ocean and all its wonders.
Day 7: Free Day
Day 8: Farewell Belize
Connect with commuter flight to Belize International Airport.
After spending the morning at leisure, transfer to the airport.
Explore San Pedro at your leisure.
Day 8: Farewell Belize
Day 5: Transfer to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Day 6: Sea Trek
Day 7: Free Days / Optional Tours Explore San Pedro at your leisure.
Day 8: Farewell Belize After spending the morning at leisure, connect with commuter flight to Belize International Airport.
BELIZE: HOTELS FEATURED BELIZE HOTELS
MEXICO Corozal District
A – Ambergris Caye
Las Terrazas Resort & Residences Mata Rocks Resort
Royal Caribbean Resort Caye Caulker Caye Chapel St. Georges Caye
Altun Ha Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Belize District Zoo
Airport Belize City Barrier Reef
Matachica Resort & Spa
Belmopan San Ignacio
Victoria House Resort B – Belize City
Lighthouse Reef Turneffe Islands Blue Hole
E – San Ignacio Ka’ana Resort
Hopkins Bay Glover’s Reef
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D – Placencia Robert’s Grove Beach Resort
1,000 ft. Waterfall Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
C – Hopkins Hopkins Bay Resort
Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina
San Ignacio Resort Hotel Please contact your Travel Consultant for additional hotels in this destination.
Monkey River Caracol
Las Terrazas Resort & Residences Ambergris Caye
Matachica Resort & Spa A
Victoria House Resort • Intimate beachfront resort in lush tropical setting • 42 AC rooms & villas with balconies • Restaurant, patio bar • 2 Outdoor pools, 2 private villa pools • Victoria House Spa • PADI dive center, activities center • Water sports, fishing, diving, snorkeling, birdwatching • Destination weddings • Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Chic, informal & secluded resort on northern side of Ambergris Caye • 31 AC villas • Restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service • Outdoor infinity pool, Jacuzzi • Jade Spa, fitness center • Snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, sailing, biking • Tour desk • Complimentary shuttle to San Pedro • Complimentary Wi-Fi
All-Inclusive Option Available • Boutique beachfront resort, member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts • 35 AC 1-, 2-, & 3-bedroom townhomes • Restaurant, bar, poolside bar • Concierge, tour desk • 70-Ft. outdoor infinity pool • Serenity Spa & Wellness Center, fitness center • PADI 5-Star dive center, water sports, bicycles
Royal Caribbean Resort 2222
Ambergris Caye • Quaint tropical resort on serene palm-studded beach • 39 AC casitas • Restaurant, bar, beach bar • Concierge • Outdoor pool, kids pool • Water sports, PADI dive center, bicycle rentals • Complimentary Wi-Fi
BELIZE: HOTELS Mata Rocks Resort Ambergris Caye
Ka’ana Resort 22
• Excellent value beachfront family resort on Ambergris Caye • 17 AC rooms & suites with views • Beachfront bar, Continental breakfast • Concierge, tour desk • Outdoor pool • Water sports nearby • Complimentary Wi-Fi & bicycles • Complimentary shuttle to water taxi/ airstrip
• Intimate upscale luxury resort close to Mayan ruins • 17 AC suites & private pool villas • Restaurant, lounge, 1,000-bottle wine cellar • Concierge, room service • Outdoor pool • Spa • Private guided tours to Mayan ruins • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina Belize City
San Ignacio Resort Hotel B
• Boutique waterfront resort with Old World charm & modern style in historic Fort George • 102 AC rooms • 2 Restaurants, bar, café • 2 Outdoor pools, whirlpool • Nim Le Punit Spa, fitness center • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout • Shuttle service to & from airport
San Ignacio • Jungle hillside hotel just steps away from downtown San Ignacio • 24 AC rooms • Restaurant, bar • Outdoor pool, tennis, spa service • Area shuttle ($) • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Hopkins Bay Resort Hopkins
• Unique family-friendly resort on private beach • 54 AC rooms & villas • Restaurant, 2 bars, pool bar • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Water sports, adventure & eco-tours • Kids & teens activities • In-house traditional cooking experiences • Complimentary shuttle to water taxi/ airstrip • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Robert’s Grove Beach Resort Placencia • Intimate hacienda-style resort along white-sand beach • 52 AC rooms, suites & villas with balconies • 3 Restaurants, 3 bars, bakery-deli, poolside bar • 3 Outdoor freshwater pools • Sea Spa, fitness center • Water sports, PADI dive center • Marina • Baby-sitting
PANAMA AMAZING NATURE, A COSMOPOLITAN CAPITAL & AN AWESOME MAN-MADE MARVEL
PANAMA COSTA RICA
eyond the Panama Canal, you’ll find incredibly diverse flora and fauna, a sophisticated capital
city, luscious Caribbean and Pacific beaches, mountain ranges and 1,000 small islands, historical sites and living indigenous cultures. Not bad for a tiny country that’s primarily known for connecting the two continents of the Western Hemisphere, as well as joining one great ocean to another. Hop on a cruise through one of the modern world’s most spectacular engineering wonders, the Panama Canal. Rise above sea level in the Miraflores Locks, stroll alongside massive ships navigating the Pedro Miguel Locks, and observe the recently complated Canal expansion. The modern metropolis of Panama City, the capital, resembles nothing so much
APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES Approximate Flight Times New York/Newark 5½ hours Philadelphia 6 hours Boston 5½ hours Chicago 5 hours Miami 2½ hours Los Angeles 6½ hours (some flights may require connections) ENTRY/DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS US citizens must have a passport with a remaining validity of three months, plus proof of onward/ return ticket, and sufficient funds (minimum $500.00 USD). No visas are required for tourist visits of up to 180 days. The departure tax ($20.00 USD) at the airport may be included in your ticket. LANGUAGE Spanish is the official language, though English is widely spoken in the tourism industry. CURRENCY US dollar ($); the Panamanian balboa (B/), which is pegged to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio, also circulates. CLIMATE Tropical wet climate, average annual temperature of 82°F (at Panama City). The warmest month is March (84°F); the coolest is September (81°F). December is the rainiest month, and March the driest.
as Miami. A chic center of international commerce, fashion, dining, nightlife, arts, casinos, and shopping, topped by an impressive skyline of shimmering glass and steel towers, it stands guard over one of the world’s most awesome engineering achievements.
San Blas Island
EXPLORATIONS • Take a guided tour to the peak of Volcan Barú in Chiriqui Province, at 11,400 feet the highest point in the country, where on a clear day you can see both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. • Stroll or bike the length of the Amador Causeway, which connects Panama City to the islands of Naos, Culebra, Perico, and Flamenco. There are restaurants, bars, and duty-free shopping along the way. • A ferry trip along the Panama Canal lets you cruise through the Pedro Miguel Locks and rise above sea level in the Miraflores Locks. • Immerse in absolute serenity and immaculate beauty amid the 365 Caribbean islands of Guna Yala. You can expect pool-like waters, snow-white sands, gorgeous coral reefs, and sheer perfection.
SHOPPING Look for local Panamanian crafts in the Centro de Artesanias, Galería Arte Indígena, and Mercado de Artesanía de Panamá Viejo. Shop for embroidered blouses, jewelry, hand-woven hats, molas bags, hammocks, maracas, dresses, purses, headbands, masks, embroidered textiles, and other native handicrafts.
HISTORY LESSON Casco Viejo, the historic area of Panama City, is full of Spanish Colonial-style government buildings, cathedrals, museums, theaters, and residences, all planted along quaint cobblestone streets. Dating from the 17th century, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The neighborhood still houses the Palacio de las Garzas, residence of the President of Panama. Panama Canal
WATER EVERYWHERE Discover a paradise for beach and water sports enthusiasts. • Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Panama has dozens of excellent sandy beaches on both sides of the isthmus, as well as a number of islands off both coasts. Bocas del Toro, Taboga, Santa Catalina, and the Azuero Peninsula are just a few of the popular beach town destinations where the waters are clear and the sands are soft. • Panama has gained renown for its top-shelf surf breaks, with point breaks, beach breaks, hollow tubes, and long peelers up and down both coasts. Grab a board and head to Bocas del Toro, Playa Malibu, Playa Teta, Playa Venao, and Isla Grande.
ECO-PARADISE Easily accessible from Panama City, the Metropolitan National Park natural reserve offers a close encounter with nature’s best. Hike up to the historic Ancon Hill for panoramic views. And there are three parks on the mountainous Azuero Peninsula that are tailor-made for great hiking: Cerro Hoya National Park, Montuoso Forest Preserve, and La Tronosa Reserve. San Blas Island
City & Canal Tour – Private
Panama Canal Partial Transit
Panama City & Rio Hato / 4 Hours / Gamboa Tours During this tour of historic Panama City, you’ll visit interesting places such as Casco Viejo, its oldest neighborhood, and the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Finally, take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities. (A full-day tour is also available.)
Panama City & Rio Hato / 6 Hours / Gamboa Tours This tour begins at the Flamenco Resort and Marina, where you’ll board a coach for a short ride to Gamboa, where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. The transit begins at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal, and continues to the Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Lake. At the Pacific Ocean, the vessel will sail to the Flamenco Marina, where passengers disembark.
San Blas Island
Panama Embera Indigenous Village Panama City / 7 Hours / Gamboa Tours Journey deep into the dense jungles of Chagres, and ride up the river in dugout canoes to the village of the Emberas. Immerse in ancient cultural dances and music, and savor a glimpse into their mystical rituals. Watch Embera women create beautiful baskets out of palm leaves and natural dyes, and have your body painted with a natural fruit dye called Jagua. Enjoy a traditional meal of fresh fish and plantains. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase beautiful handicrafts.
PANAMA: HOTELS Portobelo Colon
Bocas del Toro
Cerro Punta Baru Volcano
Cacita B Gamboa Chepo
Salud Gulf of Mosquitos
Bocas del Toro
Yaviza Gulf of Pamana
Darien National Park
Isla de Coiba
Los Asientos COLOMBIA
FEATURED PANAMA HOTELS A – Buenaventura
Holiday Inn Panama Canal
D – Playa Blanca
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
Hotel Riu Plaza Panama
Hotel Riu Playa Blanca
B – Gamboa
InterContinental Miramar Panama City
E – Playa Bonita
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Le Méridien Panama
Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama
C – Panama City Crowne Plaza Panama
Panama Marriott Hotel The Westin Playa Bonita Panama
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis Please contact your Travel Consultant for additional hotels in this destination.
InterContinental Miramar Panama City
Le Méridien Panama
• Family-friendly city hotel located on the boardwalk • 186 AC rooms • Restaurant, bar • Outdoor pool, kids pool • Fitness center, sauna • Marina • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
• Contemporary spa hotel in the heart of Panama City • 111 AC soundproof rooms • Restaurant, bar, patisserie • Outdoor pool, whirlpool • Sensory SPA by Clarins, 24-hr fitness center • Business center, concierge service • Wi-Fi ($)
PANAMA: HOTELS The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Panama City
Hotel Riu Playa Blanca C
• Modern oceanfront hotel near downtown Panama City • 611 AC rooms & suites • 6 Restaurants, 4 bars, pool bar & grill • 4 Outdoor pools, private beach • Sensory Spa by Clarins, WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio • Westin Kids Club® • Live entertainment • Water sports, kids club
All-Inclusive • Beachfront resort on Pacific Coast in Coclé • 573 AC rooms & junior suites • 4 Restaurants, 5 bars, swim-up bar, 24-hr sports bar • 3 Outdoor pools, kids pool & water play area • Fitness center • Water sports, golf nearby ($) • Nightclub, daytime entertainment program for children & adults
Gamboa Rainforest Resort Gamboa
Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama 2221/2
• Relaxing riverside resort surrounded by rainforest • 160 AC rooms with balconies & river views • 3 Restaurants, 2 bars • 2 Outdoor pools • Sensory Spa by Clarins, fitness center • Capybara Discotheque • Excursions, tour desk, tennis courts • Golf nearby
Defined Delights™ • Family-friendly resort on closest beach to Panama City • 310 AC rooms & suites • 6 Restaurants, 4 bars • 3 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Dreams Spa by Pevonia® • Motorized & non-motorized water sports • Explorer’s Club for kids, Core Zone Teens Club • Complimentary Wi-Fi
PANAMA: HOTELS Crowne Plaza Panama Panama City
Holiday Inn Panama Canal 2222
• Modern hotel in the heart of Bella Vista, close to the city’s Historic Centre • 149 AC rooms & suites • Restaurant, bar, deli • 24-Hr room service • Outdoor pool • 24-Hr fitness center • Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Modern hotel overlooking Panama Canal & rainforest • 137 AC rooms & suites • Restaurant, bar • Concierge, room service • Outdoor pool • 24-Hr fitness center • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
• Distinctive luxury resort opening onto Pacific Ocean beach • 114 AC rooms & suites • 5 Restaurants, 3 bars, pool bar • Concierge, 24-hr room service • 5 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Corotú Spa, fitness center • Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course • Water sports, tennis, eco-tours
• Family-friendly hotel in striking 66-story tower in downtown Panama City • 1,468 AC rooms & suites • 4 Restaurants, 6 bars, pool bar • Concierge, 24-hour room service • Outdoor infinity pool • Rock Spa, Body Rock fitness center, salon • Nightclub, casino • Kids activities, Teen Spirit lounge • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Hotel Riu Plaza Panama Panama City
• Modern high-rise hotel in Panama City’s financial district • 644 AC rooms & suites with complimentary Wi-Fi • 3 Restaurants, 24-hr deli, lobby bar & lounge, pool snack bar • 24-hr room service • Outdoor pool, sundeck • Spa, fitness center, steam bath • Conference rooms & business center
Panama Marriott Hotel Panama City • Cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of the financial district • 287 AC rooms • 2 Restaurants, 2 bars, coffee shop, complimentary breakfast & 24-hr room service • Outdoor pool, sauna • Spa, fitness center • Casino • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Refunds for Unused Services Unused hotel nights are refundable only if they cover a minimum of two consecutive nights and only to the extent that the tour operator receives a refund from the hotel after deducting cancellation charges levied by the hotel, if any. Unused transfers and/or sightseeing tours included in the basic tours will only be refunded to the extent that the tour operator receives a refund from the supplier. To get a prompt refund for unused services, clients are requested to submit to their agent written proof from the hotel or other operator that services were unused and refundable. A check-out bill from the hotel in question will be accepted in lieu of special certification. If no proof is furnished, a refund may be made pending an investigation, which may take up to three months. To be accepted, all refund claims should be presented to the travel agent who initially booked the tour, no later than 30 days after the trip has ended. No refunds or adjustments will be made for any changes, cancellations or modifications of services provided in this itinerary, if such changes are made by the tour participant during the tour. All refunds are conditioned upon your understanding that your acceptance of a refund is on
the express condition that You release GOGO from any and all liability and You thereby waive all additional rights and remedies under your contract or any applicable state, federal or foreign law.
Car, Moped or Scooter Rental A valid driver’s license, major credit card and/or cash deposit are necessary for rentals. All countries have a minimum age requirement, please check with your travel agent for details. Supplements apply during certain periods.
Local Taxes and Service Charges Local room tax, energy surcharges and service charges on room and meals are not included unless specified.Taxes and service charges are based on the hotel’s daily room tariff and not on the land package prices.
Participating Carriers These packages are sold in conjunction with the services of approved ARC and IATA member carriers. Government regulations now enable air carriers to increase their fares on 24-hour notice.
Airfare Air fuel surcharge is included in pricing. Some fares may be non-refundable but may be exchanged for a fee, plus any additional airfare costs due to difference in new airfares. Airlines offer varied promotional fares to the destinations included in this brochure. A minimum stay and advance purchase/ticketing is required. Holiday supplements are applicable and further restrictions may apply. Some airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to www.gogoworldwidevacations.com for more information regarding airlines checked baggage policies.
Responsibility GOGO and its employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns does not own or operate any entity which provides goods and services for Your Travel including without limitation, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, motor coach, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors and are in no way affiliated to GOGO or any of GOGO’s affiliated entities. As a result, GOGO is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any third party. In addition and without limitation, GOGO is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. Also be advised that certain foreign facilities such as air-conditioning systems in public places, hotels and motor coaches are not up to U.S. standards. GOGO reserves the right to withdraw any program or Travel in this brochure and/or make such changes in the program(s) or Travel. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors You are required to spend additional night(s), You will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk.
effect (including foreign exchange rates) at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
Important Notes–Consult Agent PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: Be prepared with proper documentation! United States citizens are required to have a valid passport to travel internationally. Visit http:www.travel.state.gov for information on how to obtain a passport, including forms, fees, and how to locate a passport acceptance facility nearest You. No refunds will be made if improper documentation results in denied boarding or entry. If You are not a U.S. citizen be certain to check with the consulate of the country You are traveling to for full entry requirements (Visas may be required in addition to passports). Requirements may change after this printing so we recommend that you verify any immigration requirements with the tourist office or consulate before you travel. CST #2088177 GOGO Worldwide Vacations is not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. You are not eligible to file a claim against that fund in the event of GOGO Worldwide Vacations’ default. Your right to make a claim is on USTOA’s $1,000,000.00 Traveler’s Assistance Program. GOGO Worldwide Vacations, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of GOGO Worldwide Vacations customers in the unlikely event of GOGO Worldwide Vacations bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by GOGO Worldwide Vacations may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by GOGO Worldwide Vacations. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.
Travel Protection Travel insurance can help cover unexpected events and is available to provide coverage that may include both medical and cancellation coverage for reasons listed on the description of coverage applicable to the travel protection plan purchased. Please refer to your consultant for more information.
Governing Law The construction, validity and performance of these General Conditions and any disputes between the parties shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the State of New Jersey, without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles, and any federal laws applicable therein. Both parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New Jersey with respect to any legal proceedings relating to these terms.
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