STAR COLLECTOR: RAINFORESTS & RUM REFRESHMENTS—COSTA RICA TO THE BAHAMAS VIA THE PANAMA CANAL

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Star Collector: Rainforests & Rum Refreshments—Costa Rica to the Bahamas via the Panama Canal

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Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica

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4 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

walking

refreshments

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Golfo Dulce, At Peace with Nature
Costa Rica enjoys 5% of the world`s biodiversity and one of the major reasons is the large number of avian species, making this country one of the most amazing places for ornithologists and birds lovers. If you want to be part of this spectacle of nature you have to visit Matapalo, located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The 30-minute drive from Puerto Jimenez to Matapalo travels through the mountain and creeks, you will see many different species of birds like toucans, hawks, trogons as well as other small, colorful species that live in the area. You may also find lizards, monkeys, insects and even snakes. 

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes, a hat or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent and bring a rain poncho, swimsuit and towel if you want to swim or get wet in the river. Wet landing is required please wear water shoes. Part of the fun of this experience is the interaction with a colorful local nature guide.  As an example, the following is an abbreviated biography of one of our participating guides, Randall Alberto Ruiz Arce, who has been a nature guide for 27 years. Growing up on the Osa Peninsula, Randall saw how the mining companies devastated the mountains and he decided he wanted to become a protector of the environment. He enjoys teaching about the natural beauty  and ways to protect the natural resources and Randall feels it is a privilege to share his knowledge of ecotourism to be a protector of the flora and fauna.


price $249
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4 HRS

Strenuous

dining

beach

boating

wildlife

concierge
Golfo Dulce, Concierge Collection: A Pura Vida Morning- Yoga and Dolphins
Costa Rica’s warm seas are home to one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats in the world. The best place to observe these magnificent mammals is in the waters off the Osa Peninsula.  You will board your boat and head for a place where large groups of dolphins swim in clear blue tropical waters putting on an amazing show!  Other possible sightings may include turtles, rays and seafowl.  As you cruise around the bay your tour will be enhanced by the informative commentary provided by a trained naturalist guide. You will learn about the biology, behavior and habits of the wildlife you will spot. Upon your arrival to Crocodile Bay Resort you will be able to take a walk on the private jetty and then you will experience a 1-hour yoga class in a beautiful yoga studio. After yoga, you will enjoy a mouthwatering Costa Rican-style hearty breakfast including the world famous Gallo Pinto.

Please note: The Yoga class is geared for beginner to intermediate levels. Please bring your beach towel, bathing suit, comfortable clothing for a yoga class, sunscreen, cash for drinks and other items you may need. 


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

walking

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Golfo Dulce: Chocolate Farm - A Sweet Experience
Experience the interesting cacao manufacturing process by visiting a traditional cacao plantation at Kobo Farm. Board your minivan for the 25-minute drive to this untouched and mystical area, where you will see the cacao forest, the flowers, and fruit. The history and culture of this tropical crop reaches back to the Mayas. You will learn about the origin of the cacao tree, the history, the first contact with Europeans, and the principal disease called monilia. You will take a guided walk where you will see different species of cacao fruit, take a break in this beautiful spot and taste fresh fruit from the "chocolate tree."   You will be shown the various steps of making good chocolate and have the opportunity to taste a wonderful chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and homemade banana bread from the farm in the middle of a tropical garden.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be walking over both paved and dirt paths. Bring your hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and sunglasses. This is a wet landing so bring your sandals too. 


price $139
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4 HRS

Easy

wildlife

beach

boating

refreshments

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Golfo Dulce: Dolphin Watch & Enchanted Beach
Costa Rica’s warm seas are home to one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats in the world. The best place to observe these magnificent mammals is in the waters off the Osa Peninsula. You will board your boat and head for a place known by ¨National Geographic to be “the most biologically intense area on earth.” A place where large groups of dolphins swim in clear blue tropical waters putting on an amazing show!  As you cruise around the bay your tour will be enhanced by the informative commentary provided by a trained naturalist guide. You will learn about the biology, behavior and habits of the wildlife you will spot. You will have amazing photo opportunities and if weather permits you will have free time to swim in the serene waters of Punta Encanto (Enchanted Beach).  

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with limited mobility or back problems as it involves an optional nature walk over a gravel surface and the boat ride might get bumpy.

price $159
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

wildlife

refreshments

beach

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Golfo Dulce: Oceans & Canals Kayaking
Go across Golfo Dulce where life goes at a slow pace and through the humid mangroves with the squeaking sounds of the unique scarlet macaws that mingle in this area, the most common birds. Your kayak guides will be waiting with your kayaks and paddles ready for you to begin this fun experience! Paddle up the mangrove estuary with the rising tide until you can go no further and return with the falling tide, dragging your kayak across the sand spit and into the Golfo Dulce to cruise the shoreline, stopping to swim at the best beach.  Pods of bottle-nosed porpoises return daily along this coast on their way to the open Pacific, affording a great chance to view them.  

Please note: This tour is operated at high tide only. A waiver is required and there is a weight restriction of 235 lbs. Wear light clothes, hat or visor, sunscreen, and sun glasses. Wear your bathing suit under your clothes for those who want to swim at the beach and bring a towel.


price $119
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

wildlife

refreshments

boating

outdoors

walking
Golfo Dulce: Tropical Gardens & Beach Scape
You will depart from the main pier and travel by boat through Golfo Dulce with a great view of some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. The green-blue landscape is beyond any description. There are occasions when a red bright spot comes into the picture, and you will be astonished with the scarlet macaws and their noisy freedom! After this amazing experience, you will visit Casa Orquideas, a beautiful garden that contains many varieties of tropical plants, and samples of other plant species brought from all over the world.  There is so much to learn while you visit the medicinal garden and indulge your senses with the beauty and perfume of the enormous array of flowers in many different colors and shapes.  There will be time for snacks and leisure before your boat will return you to Golfo Dulce.

Please note: If weather permits there will be an optional time for swimming. Bring your hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and suntan lotion. Wear your bathing suit under your clothes if you want to swim. and bring a towel. This tour involves a nature walk over gravel surfaces and exposed roots and is not recommended for those with mobility issues. It also involves a wet landing so bring your sandals in addition to sturdier footwear.


price $139
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Isla Parida, Panama



3.5 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating

watersports

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Isla Parida, Chiriqui Gulf Fishing Tour
The inshore fishing in Central America is often overlooked due to the phenomenal offshore fishing that grabs headlines, but it is equally as exciting and even more diverse. You can catch over 20 different species of game fish while inshore fishing. For the anglers who aren’t interested in trolling offshore all day you can cast poppers, slow-troll live bait, or go jigging as the inshore action is consistent and exciting. Along the Pacific coastlines of the Isla Parida archipelago you can fish the volcanic coastline and countless islands for Jacks, Mackerel, big Cubera Snapper, Snook, and the famous Roosterfish. The unique dorsal fin and hard fighting ability of the Roosterfish make it one of the most sought after species for many salt water anglers!

Please noteThis is a catch-and-release fishing activity. Caught fish are not allowed to be brought back on board. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and insect repellent. Your boat will be guided by an experienced captain and mate. You will be provided with top-of-the line tackle and gear, bait sodas, bottled water, beer, all required safety equipment including life jackets, throw devise, fire extinguishers, smoke and flare devices, ship-to-shore radio and first aid kit.



price $499
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2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

sightseeing

wildlife

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Isla Parida, Hiking on Parida Island
The rainforest is filled with over 1,000 teak, mahogany, eucalyptus, and many of other trees, plants and fauna. Your hike will approximately and 1 ½ hours in significant to extreme heat and humidity and the level of difficulty is moderate to strenuous.  You will disembark your ship and take tenders to the beach where you will be met by certified bilingual guides. Isla Parida represents one of the world’s few remaining “undiscovered” places. Adventure off the beaten path to explore the wondrous ecology of the island, from beautiful flowers and rare vegetation to iguanas and rare birds. Along the way you’ll enjoy a viewpoint stop to see neighboring islands. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and shorts or long pants, a t-shirt or light shirt, your swimsuit, towel, and a hat. Bring insect repellent, your sunglasses, and your camera. You will be provided with water. Also it is recommended to bring additional clothes to change after the walk experience. Please do not bring valuable items to this tour.


price $55
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3 HRS

Strenuous

boating

sightseeing

snorkeling

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Isla Parida, Island Hopping with Snorkel
Isla Parida is surrounded by the Chiriqui National Marine Park — and this means there are dozens of untouched islands. Set sail into open waters for the chance to explore the Gulf of Chiriqui’s stunning islets on an island hopping adventure. Picture iconic crescent moon beaches, soaring palm trees, white- sand beaches, coral reefs, and gentle waters that are perfect for snorkeling.

Please note:  Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes and wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and insect repellent. Boats used are modest panga boats and guests will need to be able to climb hanging ladders to be able to get in and out of the vessel. The ladders are short and can be challenging to climb. At times visibility and snorkeling conditions may not be ideal. If conditions are too poor your captain may decide to search for wildlife such as turtles, dolphins and whales instead. Your captain will speak Spanish, but you will have an English-speaking escort. A waiver must be signed prior to the tour.


price $99
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Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

refreshments

boating

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Balboa, Authentic Emberá Indian Village
Step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years; to a Central America only few have had the privilege of experiencing. This will be a journey into the lives of the Emberá Indian Tribe, a proud people, who have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as it was before the Spaniards colonized the region. Start out the expedition aboard an air-conditioned vehicle where a knowledgeable guide will give you an overview of Panama on the way to the jungles of the Central Region. Your host will prepare you for the cultural feast you are about to experience by sharing the history and customs of the Emberá Indians who are the keepers of the Rainforest and Chagres River. When you arrive at the Chagres National Park, you will board dugout canoes that will take you to the Emberá Village. These dugouts are sturdy and worthy craft critical in the conquering of the jungle and in establishing supply lifelines for both Indians and Spanish. After motoring up river, you will see the village emerge from the jungle. Keep your eyes open along the way, as the region offers abundant wildlife particularly active along the river’s edge. In the Village, the Chief will welcome you with traditional Emberá hospitality. A series of dances have been arranged to add to this cultural exchange. Feel free to wander the village, ask questions or interact with these quiet people. Please remember that we are guests in their home and a good measure of common sense and sensitivity towards their privacy is appreciated. The Embera men and woman are spectacular craftsmen who have produced some beautiful items, which will be available for purchase as souvenirs or keepsakes of this unique experience. 

Please note: Boarding and debarking of local canoes requires a minimum of dexterity and flexibility. The landing consists of a rudimentary “put in” that lacks handrails or proper steps. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and insect repellent. You will have an Embera snack at the village.


price $129
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4.75 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

concierge
Balboa, Concierge Collection: Coffee & Chocolate Foodie Experience
At Casco Viejo, UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, dating back to the 1670s, enjoy a walking “foodie” experience, starting at Bajareque Coffee House where you will learn all about the famous Geisha coffee, produced in the highest area of the country in the steep hills of one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, the Baru Volcano.  You will taste different samples of different coffee processes, and learn about the several tasting notes that each process develops on the fruit. Chocolate is a work of art at Tropical Chocolate, where you will learn about the elaboration process through a live presentation with an expert chocolatier, sample 5 different types of exquisite bombones con chocolate. 

Please note:   Wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $1000000
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5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

concierge
Balboa, Concierge Collection: Hands on Local Culinary Experience
Participate in a Gastronomical Experience like no other in Panama! During this excursion, you will enjoy the traditional flavors of Panama while learning all about it through a live show and a guided presentation. Your 30-minute motor coach ride will take you to the kitchen where the Chef and his sous-chef will prepare and explain several different recipes of the Panamanian Cuisine, while you can take notes and taste each one of them. Beverages will be served during the activity and afterwards you will enjoy lunch to now taste what was learned!

Please note: Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring your camera.  Part of the fun of this experience is the interaction with a colorful local chef.  As an example, the following is an abbreviated biography of one of our participating chefs: Chef Maga is Venezuelan chef leaving in Panama for the last 6 7 years. He is a fan of developing comfort food with the freshest ingredients available in the market together with a fine dining training and background. Tour takes place at “La Mesa” venue where guests can cook and enjoy their own creations while listening good music in this gastronomic playground. Hands on cooking demonstration lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Sample menu for the cooking demonstration:
- Panamanian Fresh market ceviche.
-  Panamanian seafood cocktail with coconut sauce / Vegetarian option available.
- Thin and crispy fried plantains (“Patacones”).
- Roasted seasonal vegetables in a plantain or yucca flat bread (gluten free and vegan).
- After the cooking demonstration is finished, few more dishes are going to be present for you to enjoy.
** Keep in mind that menu can change every call and the Chef will vary the options, however this is a sample menu so guests can understand the general idea
 
 

price $159
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5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

dining

concierge
Balboa, Concierge Collection: I Love Panama- Chocolate, Chefs, and Colonial Panama
Start this tour with a tasty walk by the chocolate factory where, through chocolate bars, you will learn about the identity, culture, history and traditions of the country. You will be told about the history and work in the factory, the ingredients of each bar and will be able to taste each type of chocolate and even help to create them. After this visit, you will walk to the Colonial Panama or Old Quarters, and visit “Paseo Esteban Huertas,” Metropolitan Cathedral, National Theater, the Simon Bolivar Plaza and many other touristic attractions of the colonial period. After the walking tour, stop in an exclusive venue that can´t be called a restaurant as you will be able to live a unique experience in there and not just a regular lunch! At this venue you will be part of "The Chef Table:" a culinary experience of a high level and a journey of smells and flavors. It is a unique gastronomic experience in Panama, an experience without printed menu, but very surprising, full of explosive and unexpected flavors, dishes with smell, flavors and history in a unique atmosphere. All products that you will taste are fully local, typical and fresh and your Chef will provide you all the information and story behind each one of the dishes. 

Please note: Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and local currency (US Dollars)


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing

essentials
Balboa, Gamboa Aerial Tram
In the midst of the 55,000-acre Soberania National Park, the Aerial Tram allows you to discover the secrets of the upper forest canopy deep within nature.  Board your motor coach for the 45-minute ride to the park.  The Tram will take you from the shadowy forest floor through the understory and into the sun-drenched canopy. Take in a birds-eye-view of a thousand hues of green, interspersed with the fluorescent exclamation points of flowering trees. You’ll even be able to see the Panama Canal from the Observation Platform.  Stop at the frog exhibit and proceed to the butterfly & orchid exhibitions to see and hear creatures in a natural setting. 

Please note:   Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent. Maximum weight to participate on this tour is 250 lbs.

price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

boating

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Balboa, Monkey Watch
This is a nature adventure of sight and sound, combined with the thrill of speeding through the Panama Canal next to the mighty ships transiting this man-made wonder! You will have a 45-minute drive to the speed boat. After an exhilarating 30-minute ride at high speed right through the heart of the Panama Canal, the boat will slow down and enter the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands of Lake Gatun. In this protected area the wildlife is plentiful, and you are likely to encounter capuchin monkeys, 3-toed sloths, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans and other bird life as well as caimans, crocodiles, turtles and a wealth of butterflies. This is an exceptional place to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle up close.  The trained naturalist guides will ensure that you have an outstanding nature experience by identifying the wildlife as well as educating you about the area on this exceptional jungle and canal adventure.

Please note:  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues. Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent.


price $119
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8 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

dining

sightseeing

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Balboa, Panama Canal: The Past & Future with IMAX Experience
Considered the 8th wonder of the world, the Panama Canal consists of a series of locks. The focus of this tour is designed to showcase the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific and to get an up close look at recent expansion. After boarding your motor coach for the 45-minute drive, you’ll make your way to the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center. In here take the opportunity to pause and view the gargantuan ships that make their way through the Panama Canal Museum and visit the four exhibition halls, organized by themes that constitute the heart of this center. Next, you will head to the nearby IMAX Theater to enjoy an informational, rich canal documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. A small popcorn is included. After observing this amazing feat, you’ll travel to the New Panama Canal Locks (Agua Clara Visitor Center) where you’ll see the addition of a new traffic lane. This new lane created two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific and one on the Atlantic, which doubles the canal’s capacity and allows longer and wider vessels to transit.  Also included, lunch at Gatun Restaurant, located in the Agua Clara Visitor Center where you can taste the local flavors. At the end of your tour, you’ll return to port.

Please note:   Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent.


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing

unesco

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Balboa, Panama City & Miraflores Locks
Your English speaking guide will pick you up and take you on a tour of Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30-minute drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing through the Panama Canal. You will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered as you enjoy the view from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. You will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which will give you a good lesson on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. You will continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views of the Canal on one side and of the skyline of Panama City on the other side. The tour will continue to Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At Casco Viejo you will take a trip back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. 

Please note:   Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, sunscreen, and water. Vessel transit viewing at Miraflores Locks is likely but not guaranteed as transit times are variable and not made public. The order of sites visited may vary. 


price $109
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Balboa, Panama City Highlights : Archaeological, Colonial & Modern Sides of the City
Begin your journey into Panama’s Pre-Colombian history on this unique excursion.   You will board your motor coach for a 30-minute drive to the oldest city in Panama, a place that has become known as Panama Viejo, or "Old Panama," a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   On your 60-minute walking tour you can relax and take in the sights and sounds at this archaeological site and historic location while walking through different monuments. Your guide will tell the history behind the structures and lead you to the Old Panama Visitor's Center.  You will board your coach and drive to the Panama Reprosa Museum & Factory, where Panama's ancient civilizations, cultural traditions, and natural treasures come to life in gold and silver. See how the Pre-Hispanic masterpieces are made by the same method as the ancient goldsmiths. Following a video presentation, walk a catwalk to a casting demonstration and try your hand at the sand blasting process, a highly recommended experience! Next, return to modern panama for a lunch of tapas, or “boquitas,” at a local hotel. Enjoy the views of the Panama City bay while enjoying a variety of these mini mouthful masterpieces.  Next, drive to the UNESCO site of Colonial Panama or Old Quarters, and start your walking tour to see the “Paseo Esteban Huertas,” Metropolitan Cathedral, National Theater, the Simon Bolivar Plaza and many other touristic attractions of the colonial period.   After this wonderful day and activity, you will board the motor coach for a transfer back to the port.

Please note: Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent.


price $149
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Colón, Panama



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Colon, Agua Clara Visitor Center with Transfer to Airport
Your tour will begin by taking you to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. With an unparalleled view, this place will be waiting for you and all those who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by seeing how the giants of the sea, called Neo-Panamamax vessels, go through the new set of locks. After the impressive viewpoint, pamper yourself and be captivated by all those things that the Agua Clara Visitor Center has to offer. At the projection room you can learn about the history and efforts of thousands of men and women that have marked the Canal's first century and, of course, plans in the near and distant future. Throughout your visit, peruse the walls and exhibits with interesting information that will amaze you. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that make the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views. Identify the different species gathered there that are indigenous to this area of the Canal watershed. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the International airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a camera, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. This tour is available for guests with flights after 5 p.m.


price $139
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6 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

boating

walking

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Colon, Embera Village & Agua Clara Expansion Visitor Center with Airport Transfer
You will head to the Agua Clara Expansion Center, where you will take a tour and see history being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal with its expanded capacity to allow for more than double the traffic, with the third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones. The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provides travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. After this tour you will head to Buena Vista. There you will board a small dugout, which will carry you up the Gatun River to discover a large, fascinating and dense jungle.  You will arrive at the Embera Quera, an indigenous community found on the banks of Gatun Lake, near the Panama Canal. The Embera tribe still lives in harmony with Mother Nature. They will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea of how they still live today. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will watch a traditional Embera dance and also have a chance to shop for colorful handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit.  At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the airport.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.  

 
price $329
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6 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

boating

walking

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Colon, Embera Village & Agua Clara Expansion Visitor Center with Windstar Hotel Transfer
You will head to the Agua Clara Expansion Center, where you will take a tour and see history being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal with its expanded capacity to allow for more than double the traffic, with the third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones. The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provides travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. After this tour you will head to Buena Vista. There you will board a small dugout, which will carry you up the Gatun River to discover a large, fascinating and dense jungle.  You will arrive at the Embera Quera, an indigenous community found on the banks of Gatun Lake, near the Panama Canal. The Embera tribe still lives in harmony with Mother Nature. They will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea of how they still live today. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will watch a traditional Embera dance and also have a chance to shop for colorful handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit.  At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the Windstar Hotel.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.  

 

price $309
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6 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

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Colon: The Old & the Modern Panama with Transfer to Airport
Your tour will start with Panama Viejo, where you can enjoy Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. This city was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After Old Panama, you will take a panoramic tour enjoying the views of modern Panama City. On the way to Casco Antiguo you will travel along the Cinta Costera and the lively and vibrant banking district often compared to Miami. Your guide will show you Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Antiguo you feel you have been set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea of Panama’s history by walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow of the fading sun and see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral, among others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a place of the non-stop ambiance of history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the international airport. 
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat.  The first drop off is at the Windstar Hotel then continues to the airport for guests with flights after 5 p.m.

 


price $139
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

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Colon: The Old & the Modern Panama with Transfer to Hotel

Your tour will start with Panama Viejo, where you canenjoy Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of theAmericas. This city was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneerHenry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left.Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmarkof the town. After Old Panama, you will take a panoramic tour enjoying theviews of modern Panama City. On the way to Casco Antiguo you will travel alongthe Cinta Costera and the lively and vibrant banking district often compared toMiami. Your guide will show you Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the CascoAntiguo you feel you have been set back in time as you admire the lovelycolonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get agood idea of Panama’s history by walking through the main attractions of thisquarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow ofthe fading sun and see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral,among others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a placeof the non-stop ambiance of history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. Atthe end of this tour, you will be transferred to the Windstar Hotel. <o:p></o:p>

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for thosewith mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insectrepellent, and a hat.  The drop offlocation is the Windstar Hotel.

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price $129
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Cartagena, Colombia



3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

walking

sightseeing

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Cartagena, Colombian Coffee Experience
With this excursion you will fill your cup with the bold history of Cartagena and the rich goodness of pure Colombian Coffee. Your adventure will begin with a 15-minute motor coach ride to San Felipe Fortress, built in the 17th century. You will make a photo stop there before continuing on for a sightseeing tour of the Old City. You will visit a beautifully restored colonial house where you will get a good idea about colonial architecture and restoration. Then on to an experience to awaken the senses, touch, sight, taste, and smell and discover the amazing flavors of excellent Colombian Coffee.  You will have a introduction to Colombian Coffee, an overview of the coffee process, raw materials, quality assessments, smelling and tasting exercises, finishing with tasting 3 different coffees through alternative coffee rituals.  You will then have the opportunity for a walking tour along the narrow streets and squares of the walled city, followed by a panoramic sightseeing  tour of modern Cartagena and its bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

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Cartagena, Historical Getsemani and Old City Walking Tour
Depart from the port of Cartagena for the short drive to the famous Getsemaní district. This neighborhood represents a different side a Cartagena.  You will have time to explore this area which embodies the greatest cultural heritage of the city. From the colonial architecture and history, to the brightness of its streets and the colorful personality of its people, this populous sector of the city is a magical place that every visitor will appreciate. After your guided walk through the narrow streets of Getsemaní, you will arrive at a point to observe the Convent La Popa located at the highest point of Cartagena, San Felipe Fort, and San Sebastian del Pastelillo Port, where the tour guide will give all the historical information on these three highly relevant city monuments. After your walking tour around Getsemani, enjoy a refreshment drink at Chachara Restaurant. Your tour will bring you to the barracks of Bóvedas, former jail cells now converted to colorful handicraft stores and galleries.  This construction consists of 47 arches and 23 vaults, considered the last work of the period of the Colony. You will have time to browse and shop. Your tour will continue as you follow the wall and make a walk through the main streets and squares of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your free time for shopping or wondering around Cartagena's Open Air Museum, enjoy a panoramic tour before returning to the ship.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and bring your camera.


price $55
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

refreshments

walking

sightseeing

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Cartagena, Romancing the Stone
You will board your motor coach for the 15-minute drive to San Felipe Fortress, the largest Spanish fort built in the 17th century.  You will have time to take photos before taking a sightseeing drive through the Old City, admiring the marvelous Republican architecture of the houses in the Manga residential area. You will be taken to the Emerald Museum – Bocagrande to learn about emeralds.You will go into an actual size replica of a mine tunnel and experience what mining is like as you watch the emerald-bearing veins. Then you will be taken to a special room for a lecture and a video on emeralds. You will learn how emeralds are extracted from the mines and brought to the different cutting and polishing centers. You will see the cutting and polishing machines and be shown step by step how each stone is cut and polished and you will have the opportunity to practice cutting a stone if you wish. Visit the jewelry making workshop and watch the process of fabricating sterling silver or 18k gold emerald jewelry before you visit the spacious and comfortable showroom. Then, enjoy a cocktail and have the opportunity to shop with an extra discount for you, before returning to the ship. On your way back to the ship you will have a sightseeing tour of modern Cartagena - Bocagrande, Laguito, Castillo Grande and the bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

wildlife

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Cartagena, The National Aviary Tour
On an air conditioned bus, during this 40-minute ride to the wonderful island of Baru, the newest tourist development area in Colombia, you may sit back and enjoy the scenery of other areas of Cartagena, take a look to the growing industrial area and finally arrive to the National Aviary, one of the best aviaries in the world given its high number of species. Colombia is the country in the world holding the highest bird diversity, with more than 1,900 species and The National Aviary displays an important sample of this variety.  Once you arrive to the National Aviary, you may initiate your tour and explore the different bird observation stations arranged by habitat and species on your own such as:
• Tropical Forest, where you may find different kinds of Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Tangaras and other varieties of species as well as different kinds of palm trees, waterfalls and the Macaque Monkeys.
• Coastlines and Mangroves, the habitat of different kind of Ducks, Cormorants and Pelicans.
• Coastline, where you will be able to observe different kinds of Herons, Doves, Storks and the migrating Teals.
• Dessert Station an environment where different species such as the Cardinals, Mockingbirds and Partridges live
• Andean Region, in this station you may admire the Owls, Eagles and the famous Andean Condor, king of our mountains.
After this marvelous trip surrounded by birds, beautiful landscapes, palm trees and waterfalls you will have time for enjoying some beverages or drinking some delicious Colombian Coffee to later on get on your bus back to Cartagena and be ready to enjoy a wonderful short photo stop at the San Felipe Fort then a sightseeing of The Old City of Cartagena before returning to the ship.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and bring your camera.


price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing

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Cartagena: Cartagena City Highlights
The magnificent city of Cartagena, once a preferred target for pirates and the treasure chest of the Spanish Main, is yours to explore as you embark an air-conditioned bus or mini-bus today. On tour, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide as you travel past marvelous Republican architecture. You will see the Manga residential area, where some of the aging mansions have been restored to their original splendor. Stop for a half hour to explore the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. At Las Bovedas (the Dungeons), about 20 minutes is allowed for handicraft shopping and for rubbing elbows with the local artisans who proudly display their works for you. Pass through Simón Bolívar Square and the Inquisition Palace before continuing on to the Cathedral, also called The Minor Basilica, it was the first church built in the city in 1537. Next stop is the Church of San Pedro Claver—the patron saint of slaves. You will continue to the modern residential area of Bocagrande, famous for its wide variety of shops. Here, you will find Colombia’s famous native gem—the emerald—along with handicrafts and leather goods shops. You will have approximately 40 minutes to shop before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who remain in town for shopping will have to return to the ship on their own. 


price $59
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

sightseeing

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Cartagena: Old City by Horse Carriage
Transfer by coach to Plaza Santa Teresa where your horse and carriage stand ready to transport you around Cartagena’s beautiful Old Town—back in time to the days of the conquistadors. You’ll ride along the inviting, narrow cobblestone streets and through squares inside the walled city, admiring the flower-filled balconies that glow in the light spilling from colonial mansions. Stop for 10 minutes to photograph the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. Surrender to the majesty of this historic city, where age-old squares are surrounded by towering colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings—it’s easy to picture life 200 years ago in this wealthy and cosmopolitan city. Visit the former city dungeons at Las Bovedas, which have also been used as military barracks, a munitions depot and a jail, but today local artisans display their work there. You’ll have 15 – 20 minutes for shopping before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who wish to remain in town to shop can return to the ship on their own later in the day. 


price $65
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Nassau, Bahamas



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

dining

walking

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Nassau, Best of Nassau with Transfer to Airport
On this tour you will have several opportunities for amazing photo opportunities. You will stop at the Rum Cake Factory and will get to taste free samples of the different rum cake’s flavors.  Continue to your next destination the Royal Towers at Atlantis.  Walk around the Coral Towers and enjoy the many sights inside Atlantis, including the casino.  Back on the bus and on to Fort Fincastle.  The views from up there are fabulous and you will see local vendors selling their wares.  Once you arrive at the fort you have the option to descend the 66 steps of the Queen’s Staircase.  The bus will swing around and pick you up at the bottom where there is a lush tropical garden. The bus will drive by the Government House (Christopher Columbus statue) and past the historic Graycliff Hotel, Chocolate Factory and the Art Museum on their way to John Watling’s Rum Distillery. You will have a guided tour of the historic building, once part of the Buena Vista estate, and receive a free rum drink sample.  There are rum sample packs available for purchase as well as liter size bottles. Head to Fort Charlotte passing the Junkanoo Museum on the way.  Drive down to the Fish Fry and stop at Fish Central where you will be treated to a conch demonstration and given a free sample of conch salad.  An authentic Bahamian lunch will be served along with a free rum drink. Continue your journey on to Junkanoo Beach where you can spend a little time getting your feet wet.  Board the bus back to the Straw Market.  The remaining time is spent at the Straw Market before the transfer to the airport.

Please note:  Bring your camera, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, cash/credit cards. This tour is for guests with afternoon/evening flights.


price $189
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