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1 PERSONAL TOUCH They’ll spend time getting to know your personal preferences so they can design a vacation that’s just right for you.

2 ADDED VALUE They’ll negotiate directly with resorts, tour companies, and cruise lines to get you deals you won’t find online.

3 PERKS From rooms with the best views to construction notices, upcoming events, and itinerary suggestions, travel advisors have the knowledge, connections, and experience to book you in your preferred room category and resort.

4 CONVENIENCE A travel advisor strives to get you the best value for your journey, which can mean exclusive packages, rooms in “sold-out” hotels, and special arrangements or requests. Advisors can also help you navigate traveler’s insurance.

5 24/7 HELP A travel advisor has the latest information at their fingertips. With years of experience and firsthand knowledge, they can save you countless hours and plan your trip with the expertise no search engine can give.

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CONTENTS Costa Rica Intro....................................................................................8 Sightseeing.......................................................................12 Hotels...............................................................................15 Belize Intro..................................................................................24 Sightseeing.......................................................................28 Escorted Tours...................................................................29 Hotels...............................................................................30 Panama Intro..................................................................................32 Sightseeing.......................................................................35 Escorted Tours...................................................................36 Hotels...............................................................................37 General Conditions.............................................................39

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About Our Star Ratings 22222 Exceptional properties offering the finest accommodations and amenities with an outstanding variety of premium facilities and services. 2222 Excellent properties offering well appointed accommodations and amenities with a superior variety of excellent facilities and services. 222 Comfortable and appealing properties offering dependable accommodations and amenities with a variety of facilities and services. 22 Moderately priced properties offering basic accommodations, amenities, facilities, and services. 2 Economically priced properties offering modest accommodations and limited amenities, facilities, and services. 1/2 star indicates that the property meets all criteria of the assigned rating and exceeds in certain areas.


KEY HOTEL FEATURES Throughout this brochure, certain hotel profiles denote one or more key features of that property. Below is a detailed guide to these distinctions to help you choose your best vacation spot. Preferred Partner

All-Inclusive

Hand-selected as the premiere accommodations in their destination,

Enjoy your meals, beverages, and more fun without having to

these are the places we stay when we take a vacation. Our

carry cash or credit cards at your resort – it’s all included in the

“Preferred Partners” share several essential qualities that make

cost of your trip.

them stand out from the competition, including: • Dedication – Like us, these featured brands go all-out to give you the best possible vacation. • Value – At any price level, these brands give you the most for your money. • Reputation – Travelers, travel writers, and critics agree: These properties are the best of the best.

Everyone has a slightly different vision of what a dream vacation should be – and where it should be. Nowadays, All-Inclusive resorts are located in many of the world’s most attractive destinations. You’ll discover hundreds of resorts and a multitude of special amenities, dining plans, activities, and entertainment. In short, there’s an All-Inclusive vacation option out there for everyone.

• Innovation – These featured brands constantly strive to

If you’re a family looking to spend quality time together, or a

improve the experience they provide for travelers.

couple looking to unwind, a contented beach bunny or an avowed

Adults Only Looking for some grown-up time away from the kids or a

adrenaline addict, a dedicated health-nut or passionate gourmet, an All-Inclusive getaway is all of the fun, with none of the stress.

romantic escape with your other half? Guests must be over 18 to stay at these properties.

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COSTA RICA A LIVELY DESTINATION THAT’S BIG ON NATURAL BEAUTY AND ECO-TOURISM

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PANAMA COSTA RICA

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CO-PARADISE Costa Rica has devoted a full onequarter of its territory to preservation in

national parks and protected areas, making it perhaps the greatest eco-tourism destination on the planet. Small, peaceful, and thriving, Costa Rica 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 world-renowned Caribbean and Pacific beaches. It’s the ultimate getaway for swimming, hiking, biking, surfing, zip-lining, birdwatching, rafting, fishing, and diving.

SURPRISING SAN JOSÉ The booming capital city, San José, is the gateway to

APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES (to Liberia) New York/Newark 5½ hours Philadelphia 5½ hours Boston 6 hours Chicago 5½ 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 May-October, while the dry season is November-April.

Costa Rica’s many natural attractions, but as a bustling, modern cosmopolitan center, it certainly has its own personality and flair. You can dine on excellent cuisine, both local specialties and more easily recognizable gourmet treats, and re-discover the present in San José’s numerous museums and cultural institutions.

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COSTA RICA

Arenal Volcano

SEDUCTIVE NATURE • 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. • 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.

THE FABULOUS BEACHES 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 the Pacific “Gold Coast,” you can: • Swim the calm waters off Playa Tambor. • Stroll for miles on the sands along Playa Montezuma, where you’ll find plenty of quiet spots as well as picturesque waterfalls.

PLAYGROUND FOR SPORTS Gear up for endless outdoor adventures such as: • snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing • whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, sailing

• Hit the breaks off Puntarenas’ popular Playa Tivives.

• zip-lining, bungee jumping

• Soak up the scenery at Jaco Beach.

• canyoning, rock climbing

• Explore the lush rainforests surrounding Manuel Antonio Beach.

• hang-gliding, ballooning, paragliding

• Head to Malpaís for deserted beaches and great surf.

• biking, horseback riding • golf, tennis, and birding

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COSTA RICA

Santa Elena Cloud Forest

GOLF MECCA 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.

Hot springs

SPA SPIRIT After exploring both city and countryside, check in to one of Costa Rica’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.

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COSTA RICA: SIGHTSEEING

Arenal Hanging Bridges Fortuna - Arenal / 3 Hours 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.

Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall Fortuna - Arenal / 4 Hours This guided tour takes you by horseback into the Costa Rican countryside of farms and rainforest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the spectacular Fortuna River Waterfall, approximately 250 feet high. Leave the horses behind to enjoy great views from the lookout platform, then hike down into the canyon and to the river, where you can swim in the cool waters.

Discover Nicaragua Guanacaste / 15 Hours 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.

Manuel Antonio National Park

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Jaco Beach / 3 Hours 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 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 uncrowded, pristine beach.

Liberia / 8 Hours 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.

Canopy Congo Trail

Canon De La Vieja Adrenaline

Tenoria Rafting Zone 1

Liberia / 3 Hours 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, allowing you to fly between the trees and see the wildlife up in the treetops.

Liberia / 6 Hours 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 / 8 Hours 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.

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COSTA RICA: SIGHTSEEING

Damas Island Mangrove Boat Tour

The Frog Pond, Butterfly Garden

Manuel Antonio / 3.5 Hours 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.

Monteverde / 3 Hours 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.

Sky Trek & Sky Tram

Sky Walk

Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs

Monteverde / 3 Hours 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.

Monteverde / 3 Hours 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.

San José / 12 Hours 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.

Pacuare White Water Rafting Class III-IV

San José City Tour

Sightseeing Credit

San José / 8 Hours Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and learn about its rich history as you traverse 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.

Not ready to choose your sightseeing yet? No problem – Sightseeing Credits can be used to book your tour once you arrive at your hotel. Available in $25, $50, and $100, they are redeemable towards the purchase of any sightseeing tour booked through your Travel Consultant.

San José / 10 Hours 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.

Santa Elena Rainforest Monteverde / 3 Hours 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.

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COSTA RICA: HOTELS NICARAGUA

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FEATURED COSTA RICA HOTELS Arenal 1 Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa 2 Arenal Lodge 3 Montaña del Fuego Mountain Resort & Spa 4 Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa Guanacaste 5 Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel 6 Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica 7 JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa 8 Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica 9 Riu Guanacaste 10 Riu Palace Costa Rica 11 Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

12 W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal 13 The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal Manuel Antonio 14 Los Altos Resort Private Reserve and Beach 15 Parador Resort & Spa 16 Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge Nicoya Peninsula 17 Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas San Ramon 18 Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve

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COSTA RICA: HOTELS Riu Palace Costa Rica Guanacaste/Playa de Matapalo

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All-Inclusive • Relaxing resort on Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste • 538 AC junior suites & suites • 5 Restaurants, 7 bars, swim-up bar, 24-hr sports bar, 24-hr room service • 4 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Renova Spa, fitness center, Jacuzzi • Daily activities & live nightly entertainment • Riu Party & Splash Water World free access

All-Inclusive • Plush resort set between lush forests & Pacific waters • 406 AC rooms & suites • 10 Restaurants, 5 bars, room service • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool, Jacuzzi • Heavenly Spa by Westin™, WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio • Westin Kids Club®, complimentary Wi-Fi • Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course • Tennis, non-motorized water sports

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Guanacaste/Playa Arenillas

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Unlimited-Luxury® Adults-Only • Luxury beachfront resort on stunning Peninsula Papagayo • 202 AC rooms & suites with private balconies • 7 Restaurants, buffet, café, 5 bars • 24-Hr concierge & room service • Outdoor pool, water sports • Secrets Spa by Pevonia®, fitness center • Tennis, live nightly entertainment

Unlimited-Luxury® • Family-friendly beachfront resort on Guanacaste’s northern coast • 447 AC rooms & suites • 8 Restaurants (à la carte), buffet grill & café, 8 bars & lounges, nightclub • 3 Outdoor pools, kids pool, whirlpool • Dreams Spa by Pevonia®, fitness center • Water sports, yoga, dance lessons • Explorer’s Club for kids, Core Zone Teens Club, theme nights

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COSTA RICA: HOTELS Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

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All-Inclusive • Lively beachfront resort on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast • 294 AC rooms • 7 Restaurants, 4 bars • Concierge, 24-hr room service • Splash Zone • PH Spa, Pumped Fitness Centre • Starlets Kids Club • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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 • Daily activities & live nightly entertainment • New Riu Party & Splash Water World free access • RiuLand Kids Club

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Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa • All-suite hotel with thermal hot springs & Arenal Volcano views • 53 AC suites • 2 Restaurants, 2 bars • Concierge, 24-hr room service • 2 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Neidin Spa, fitness center, Titokú Hot Springs • Game room • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Montaña de Fuego Mountain Resort & Spa 4

• Luxury eco-resort on 900 acres of rainforest at base of Arenal Volcano • Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Awards” • 103 AC rooms & suites • Adults-only Shangri-La Gardens • 2 Restaurants, 4 bars, pool bar • Concierge, 24-hr room service • Outdoor pools, Jacuzzi • Complimentary access to natural hot springs • The Spa at Tabacón, fitness center • Complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking

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Arenal • An authentic Costa Rican experience surrounded by 2,000 acres of beautiful tropical rainforest • 50 Rooms • Restaurant, bar • Concierge, room service • Infinity-edge pool, kids pool, 2 Jacuzzis • Arenal Lodge Spa, fitness center • Eco-activities, motorized & non-motorized water sports ($) • Horseback riding, hiking trails • Complimentary Wi-Fi


COSTA RICA: HOTELS JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Guanacaste/Hacienda Pinilla

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• Hacienda-style beachfront resort • 310 AC rooms & 1-bedroom suites • 4 Restaurants, 2 bars, pool bar • Concierge, 24-hr room service • Outdoor infinity pool, kids pool • Spa, fitness center • Water sports, tennis, horseback riding, jogging trail, golf nearby • Daily activities, life enrichment programs • JW Adventure kids club

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• 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 • THX Movie & Presentation Theater, Regalame Art Gallery & Gift Boutique • Greentique Wildlife Refuge • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to beach • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Los Altos Resort Private Reserve and Beach

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• New, modern luxury resort on Playa Conchal beach • 150 AC rooms & suites • 3 Restaurants, 3 bars • Concierge, 24-hr room service • 2 Outdoor pools, Zona Azul Beach Club • AWAY® Spa, 24-hr FIT Gym, sauna • Water sports, tennis • 18-Hole golf course by Robert Trent Jones II • Kids club • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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• Intimate resort just steps from tranquil Potrero Beach • 35 AC rooms & suites • Restaurant, bar • Concierge, room service • Outdoor pool, kids pool • Nahu Spa, yoga classes • Water sports

• Elegant Mediterranean-style hotel on Punta Quepos • 129 AC rooms & suites • 2 Restaurants, 2 bars • Concierge, room service • 3 Outdoor pools • Pacifica Spa, yoga • Trail rides • Game room, kids playroom • Shuttle to beaches • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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• 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

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• Deluxe boutique resort set between the ocean & mountains • 28 AC suites • Restaurant & lounge, pool bar • Concierge, room service • Outdoor freshwater infinity pool, 2 Jacuzzis, sundeck, private beach • Orquidea Spa, fitness center, yoga • Water sports, tennis, hiking trails • Kids club, entertainment • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel 2222 17 & Villas Nicoya Peninsula • Deluxe boutique getaway on 150-acre private beachfront reserve along the Nicoya Peninsula • 43 AC rooms, suites & villas • 3 Restaurants, 3 bars • Concierge, room service • 4 Outdoor pools • Spa, yoga, Pilates • 9-Hole executive golf course • Tennis • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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BELIZE ONE OF CENTRAL AMERICA’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS

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NIQUE IN NATURE Belize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places

on the planet. And that is its primary appeal: You can explore underground caves and ancient 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, tiny Belize is one of travel’s best-kept secrets, marked by the splendid diversity of its land and its people, whose backgrounds include Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, and Maya – a melting pot of cultures whose

APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES New York/Newark 4½ hours Philadelphia 4½ hours Boston 5 hours Chicago 4½ hours Miami 2½ hours Los Angeles 5½ hours (some flights may require connections) ENTRY/DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS US citizens must have a passport valid for three months beyond their planned departure date, proof of onward/return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. No visas are required for tourist visits. There is a departure fee of $55.50 USD, usually included in the price of all US airline tickets. LANGUAGE English is the official language. CURRENCY Belize dollar (BZD$). 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 June-August.

harmony brings out the best in human nature.

CULTURAL KALEIDOSCOPE This blend of cultures is delightfully reflected in the country’s music, cuisine, and many annual festivals, all set against a dazzling backdrop of dense jungles, Mayan ruins, and pristine beaches lined with towering palms. Warm, clear waters shelter the world’s second-longest barrier reef, home to tropical fish, eels, sharks, and other marine creatures. 25


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LAND OF THE MAYA 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. • Cerro Maya (Northern Belize) – Explore this stunning site that encompasses five temples with panoramic views.

Coral reef

FUN IN THE WATER The big excitement 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

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SHOPPING LIST Shopping in Belize centers on the art, crafts, and furniture made by Belizean artisans. Check into the small boutiques and shops to find: • spices, rum, chocolate, cookbooks • paintings, dolls, hammocks, sandals • black coral jewelry, jade jewelry • figurines, masks, wood carvings, Mayan replicas • maracas and Garifuna drums

Entrance to Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

RAVING ABOUT CAVING 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, 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 river snaking its way through the darkness, and climb the rocky walls to view the crystallized skeletons of human victims sacrificed at the site.

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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.

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Tikal ruins and pyramids

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 Arrive and transfer to your Belize City hotel.

Day 1: Welcome to Belize Arrive and transfer to your Cayo area hotel.

Day 1: Welcome to Belize Arrive and transfer to your Belize City hotel.

Day 2: Cave Tubing & Belize Zipride Criss-cross the rainforest canopy on seven zip-lines up to 675 feet long, then float on your personal tube through an underground cave system.

Day 2: Caracol & Mountain Pine Ridge 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 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: Actun Tunichil Muknal 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 & Cahal Pech Maya Temples Cross the Mopan River on a 19th-century ferry to Xunantunich to explore this impressive Maya site featuring the awesome El Castillo. Then visit Cahal Pech, which boasts extensive restoration to masks, facades, terraces, stairways, and structures. Day 5: The Belize Zoo / Transfer to Ambergris Caye Visit the Belize Zoo for a unique opportunity of viewing Belize’s prolific wildlife in one location, then fly to quaint San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, for 3 nights of island ambiance. Day 6: Free Day Explore San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, at your leisure. Optional activities include Snorkel Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Scuba Dive, and Reef Fishing. Day 7: SNUBA Adventure Explore crystal-clear waters with more time underwater and a closer encounter to the marine underworld on a SNUBA adventure. Day 8: Farewell Belize After spending the morning at leisure, transfer to the airport.

Day 3: Tikal National Park 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. Day 4: Free Day / Optional Tours Enjoy a free day with optional activities, including excursions to Xunantunich Maya Temples, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Caves, horseback riding, and river canoeing. Day 5: San Pedro, 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. Day 6: SNUBA Adventure Explore crystal-clear waters with more time underwater and a closer encounter to the marine underworld on a SNUBA adventure. Day 7: Free Day Explore San Pedro at your leisure. Day 8: Farewell Belize Connect with commuter flight to Belize International Airport.

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 19th-century ferry. Climb to the top of El Castillo, the site’s largest temple, for panoramic views. Next, continue via canoe into Barton Creek Cave. Day 5: Transfer to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 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: SNUBA Adventure Explore crystal-clear waters with more time underwater and a closer encounter to the marine underworld on a SNUBA adventure. 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.

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BELIZE: HOTELS FEATURED BELIZE HOTELS

YUCATAN Corozal MEXICO

A

Corozal District

A – Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye

Mata Rocks Beachfront Hotel Matachica Resort & Spa

Orange Walk

San Pedro

Victoria House Resort

Lamanai

La Milpa

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

BELIZE

B – Placencia

Caye Caulker Caye Chapel St. Georges Caye

Altun Ha

Airport Belize City Barrier Reef

Belize District Zoo Tikal

Belmopan San Ignacio

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort

Lighthouse Reef Turneffe Islands Blue Hole

Please contact your Travel Consultant for additional hotels in this destination.

Long Caye

Hopkins Bay 1,000 ft. Waterfall

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Glover’s Reef

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Dangriga

Monkey River Caracol

Punta Gorda

Victoria House Resort Ambergris Caye

Mata Rocks Beachfront Hotel 2222

A

• Intimate beachfront resort in lush tropical setting • 42 AC rooms & villas with balconies • Restaurant, patio bar • Concierge, room service • 2 Outdoor pools, 2 private villa pools • Victoria House Spa, fitness center • PADI dive center, activities center • Water sports, fishing, diving, snorkeling, birdwatching • Destination weddings • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Adults-Only • Chic, informal & secluded resort on northern side of Ambergris Caye • Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Award” • 32 AC villas • Restaurant, 2 bars, room service • Outdoor infinity pool, Jacuzzi • Jade Spa • Snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, sailing, biking • Complimentary shuttle to San Pedro • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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222

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• Excellent value beachfront family resort on Ambergris Caye • 17 AC rooms & suites with views • Beachfront bar, continental breakfast • Concierge, tour desk • Outdoor freshwater pool • Water sports nearby • Complimentary bicycles • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Complimentary shuttle to water taxi/airstrip

Matachica Resort & Spa Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye

Robert’s Grove Beach Resort 222

A

Placencia • Intimate hacienda-style resort along white-sand beach • 52 AC rooms, suites & villas with balconies • 2 Restaurants, 2 bars, bakery-deli, poolside bar • Concierge, room service • 3 Outdoor freshwater pools • Sea Spa, fitness center • Water sports, PADI dive center • Marina • Baby-sitting


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PANAMA AMAZING NATURE, A COSMOPOLITAN CAPITAL & AN AWESOME MAN-MADE MARVEL

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PANAMA COSTA RICA

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N THE ZONE The lure of Panama may begin with its eponymous canal, but it certainly does not end there. You’ll also

find incredibly diverse flora and fauna, a sophisticated capital city, Caribbean and Pacific beaches, mountain ranges and 1,000 tiny 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. 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 completed Canal expansion.

WORLD CAPITAL

APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES New York/Newark 5½ hours Philadelphia 5½hours Boston 6 hours Chicago 6 hours Miami 3 hours Los Angeles 2½ 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 ($40.00 USD) at the airport may be included in your ticket. LANGUAGE Spanish is the official language, though English is widely spoken in the tourism industry. CURRENCY US dollar ($); 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.

The modern metropolis of Panama City resembles nothing so much 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.

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PANAMA

Panama City

EXPLORING

SAND & WATER

• A ferry trip along the Panama Canal lets you cruise through the Pedro Miguel Locks and rise above sea level in the Miraflores Locks.

Discover a paradise for beach and water sports enthusiasts.

• 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. • 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.

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.

OVER THE COUNTER LIVING HISTORY 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.

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.

ECO-HAVEN 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.

Amador Causeway

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PANAMA: SIGHTSEEING

City & Canal Tour – Private

Gatun Expedition Tour

Half Day City Tour

Panama City & Rio Hato / Half-Day / 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 / Gamboa Tours Enjoy a panoramic tour along the Panama Cana and into Gatun Lake, where you’ll see and learn about the fascinating tropical wildlife of the lake and the surrounding forest, as well as explore some of the islands.

Panama City / 4 Hours / Gamboa Tours On this half-day tour, visit the most interesting places of the city, like Casco Antiguo, the oldest sector of Panama City, as well as the Banking District and other neighborhoods. Next will be a visit to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal.

Mega Combo Gamboa Rainforest

Panama Canal Partial Transit

San Blas Tour

Panama City & Rio Hato / Full Day / Gamboa Tours This tour begins at the Flamenco Resort and Marina, where you’ll board coaches for a short ride to Gamboa, where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. The Panama Canal Partial Transit tour 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.

Panama City / 10 Hours / Gamboa Tours This tour introduces you to the San Blas Archipelago on the Caribbean coast, home to 365 islands and the most famous of Panama’s indigenous Indian tribes, the Gunas, known for their beautiful molas textiles and clothing. After arriving at the port of Carti, board a motorboat that will take you to Isla Aguja, where you can enjoy the Caribbean Sea as well as the famous natural pool.

Panama City / Full Day / Gamboa Tours In the first and only Aerial Tram from Panama, experience the verdant rainforest of Gamboa, ascending 280 feet from the forest floor to the sun-drenched canopy. You will also visit ecological exhibits such as Orquidearium, Butterfly House, Frog’s Exhibitions, and Sloth Sanctuary. Next, take a boat tour to visit an island sanctuary where you can see monkeys, toucans, crocodiles, and turtles. Enjoy lunch at Don Caiman Restaurant and witness the operation of the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center.

Panama Canal

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Panama Canal

FOODIE & JUNGLE ADVENTURE PANAMA CITY

SKYSCRAPERS, SLOTHS, AND SAND CASTLES

5 Days / 4 Nights

8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1: Panama City Meet and greet at Tocumen International. Airport, then transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Day 1: Panama City Transfer from Tocumen International Airport to Le Méridien Panama. The rest of your day is free.

Day 2: Panama City After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel to enjoy the guided Half Day City Tour with Miraflores Locks. You’ll make stops at Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks, Amador Causeway, and Bridge of the Americas. At Miraflores Locks, witness huge vessels passing through the Panama Canal and learn about the fascinating history of this amazing engineering feat. In the Casco Antiguo, enjoy lunch in a typical Panamanian fonda (food stand). The rest of your afternoon is free to explore further before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.

Day 2: Panama City Explore the city on your own on the Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour, which stops at the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, Isla Flamingo, the Biomuseo, Mi Pueblito, and Parque Urraca.

Day 3: Panama City Take the day to relax at your hotel or go and explore the lively city. In late afternoon, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the pier to take the ferry boat to Taboga Island, where you’ll sit down to a six-course “World Flavors” dinner by an acclaimed chef at an elegant restaurant set on the hills with an amazing view of Panama City. After dinner, return to your hotel. Day 4: Panama City After breakfast, embark on an adventure to visit the Emberá Indigenous Village, deep in the dense jungles of Chagres where the Emberá Indians have lived for many years. Observe the Emberá’s dances and music that have hardly changed since Christopher Columbus arrived in the 1500s. Watch Emberá women create beautiful baskets made out of palm leaves and dyed with natural pigments, then join them in a traditional lunch of fresh fish and plantains. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some of their gorgeous handicrafts. Day 5: Panama City After breakfast, transfer to Tocumen International Airport and your flight home.

Day 3: Panama City – Gamboa Transfer from Panama City to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. Experience the virgin rainforest, and join a tour of the new Sloth Sanctuary & Wildlife Rescue Center. Get up close to the slow-moving marsupials and learn everything about their habits, different species, evolution, and threats to which they are exposed. Accommodation at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Day 4: Gamboa The day is yours to explore at leisure. Day 5: Gamboa – Panama City Transfer to Panama City. Spend the rest of your day exploring the city, including attractions such as Casco Viejo, the oldest part of the city (dating from 1519), and Casco Antiguo, the historic center of Panama City, lined with beautiful restored colonial houses, interesting museums, cathedrals, and plazas. Accommodation at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama. Day 6: Panama City Today, on the guided Half Day City Tour with Miraflores Locks, you’ll make stops at Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks, Amador Causeway, and Bridge of the Americas. At Miraflores Locks, witness huge vessels passing through the Panama Canal and learn about the fascinating history of this amazing engineering feat. In the Casco Antiguo, enjoy lunch in a typical Panamanian fonda (food stand). Day 7: Panama City The day is yours to explore at leisure. Day 8: Panama City After breakfast, transfer to Tocumen International Airport and your flight home.

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PANAMA: HOTELS Portobelo Colon

Caribbean Sea

Elena

Bocas del Toro

COSTA RICA

Salud Gulf of Mosquitos

D

PANAMA

Bajo Boquete

Penonom

Santa Fe

Airport

Aguadulce

San Blas

B

Playa Bonita

C

Pearl Islands

La Palma

Playa Blanca

Veraguas

Buenaventura

Santiago

Yaviza Gulf of Pamana

Las Tablas

Herrera

El Tigre

Pacific Ocean

Cacita Chepo

Panama City

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Pedregal

Bocas del Toro

David

Panama Canal

A Gamboa

Colon

Cerro Punta Baru Volcano

El Porvenir

Darien National Park

Los Santos

Isla de Coiba

Los Asientos COLOMBIA

FEATURED PANAMA HOTELS A – Gamboa

B – Panama City

C – Playa Blanca

Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Crowne Plaza Panama

Hotel Riu Playa Blanca

Holiday Inn Panama Canal

D – Playa Bonita

InterContinental Miramar Panama City

Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama

Please contact your Travel Consultant for additional hotels in this destination.

InterContinental Miramar Panama City

Crowne Plaza Panama

Panama City

Panama City

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B

Preferred Partner

Preferred Partner

• 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

• 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

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PANAMA: HOTELS Holiday Inn Panama Canal Panama City

Riu Playa Blanca 222

B

Playa Blanca

Preferred Partner

Preferred Partner

• Modern hotel overlooking Panama Canal & rainforest • 137 AC rooms & suites • Restaurant, bar • Concierge, room service • Outdoor pool • 24-Hr fitness center • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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 • Renova Spa, fitness center • Water sports, tennis • Nightclub, daytime entertainment program for children & adults

Gamboa Rainforest Resort Gamboa

C

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Dreams Playa Bonita Panama 2221/2

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Playa Bonita

Preferred Partner

Preferred Partner

• 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

Unlimited-Luxury® • Family-friendly resort on closest beach to Panama City • 307 AC rooms & suites • 4 Restaurants, 4 bars, 24-hr room service • 4 Outdoor pools, kids pool • Dreams Spa by Pevonia®, fitness center • Non-motorized water sports • Explorer’s Club for kids, theme nights • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Since 1951, GOGO Vacations has led the way in providing quality vacations at the most affordable prices. Today we are the number one wholesaler in the United States. And for more than a million satisfied travelers a year, the name GOGO Vacations continues to assure financial stability, unequaled value and the widest selection of exciting vacations on six continents. Our nationwide sales agents are committed to helping your travel professional tailor-make the vacation experience of your dreams. As the first company to introduce independent customized package trips, we will help your travel professional plan your entire vacation and take care of every detail – from the lowest airfares and car rentals to an unparalleled selection of hotels and sightseeing options. Let us be your Complete Package Specialist. So, wherever you want to go – whether you want to relax by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, ski the Rockies, explore the exciting cities of Europe, try your luck in Las Vegas or experience any of our other vacations – have your travel professional book you with GOGO Vacations and watch your vacation dreams come true!

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