The Traveling Aggies are pleased to offer Panama Canal & Costa Rica Cruise.
February 4 - 14, 2013
: From: $6,600 per person
Join us on this six-night small-ship cruise, complemented with two-night stays before (in San José, Costa Rica) and after (in Panama City). Begin with an introduction to one of Costa Rica’s most important exports by visiting a coffee plantation to see how the beans are harvested and roasted. Tour an eco-park, where waterfalls, rainforest and protective animal preserves are home to over 100 species, including toucans, spider monkeys, red-eyed leaf frogs, margays and jaguars, to name a very few. In the city of San José, visit the National Theater, a symbol of civic pride dating to 1897 and the Gold Museum, showcasing Pre-Columbian gold pieces and ceramic works by indigenous peoples. Set sail along the Costa Rican coast for The Darien, Panama’s land bridge between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Along the way, the ship’s Zodiacs provide access to the coast where visits to indigenous villages offer a window to lives removed from modern conveniences. Learn about their cultures and arts – and enjoy time for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking near pristine beaches and in aqua waters! Your transit through the Panama Canal will take 8 – 10 hours, as you rise 85 feet to enter the Atlantic Ocean. In Panama, visit the unspoiled San Blas Islands. Choose between an aerial tram ride and a boat cruise through a rainforest resort. Visit the “Biomuseum,” under construction in Panama City – intended to showcase the marvelous biodiversity of this part of the world in a structure designed by American architect Frank Gehry. Visit Old Panama, the ruins of the original capital city laid waste by pirate Captain Henry Morgan in 1671 and walk the narrow streets of Casco Viejo with a guide, a charming district in the historic center of today’s Panama City. At the Miraflores Lock Visitors Center, you’ll get an understanding of the technology behind the canal locks that provided your crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic, prior to a farewell reception and dinner.