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ITINERARY
Day 1. (Friday) Panama City

Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel, Las Huacas.

Day 2. (Saturday) Panama City and Canal Tour Partial Transit (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Port Amador in Flamenco Island. Once the Panama Canal Authority Pilot, who will guide us through our transit, has boarded the boat we will follow our companion vessel for the transit of the Miraflores Locks (by Canal standards, we are a small vessel, and for reasons of economy, rarely transit the locks alone). These locks raise the boat to the level of the Miraflores Lake that we will cross until we reach the Pedro Miguel Locks here our boat will be raised to approximately 85 feet above sea level so that we can cross through the center of Panama. After exiting Pedro Miguel, we enter the narrowest section of the Canal known as Gailard (or Culebra) Cut. This was the most difficult part of the excavation during the construction of the Panama Canal as it cuts through the continental divide; we will arrive at Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division has its headquarters and where you will be able to observe the impressive machinery used here to keep the canal in navigable condition. Lunch before returning to the hotel. Dinner and folkloric show in the evening.

Day 3. (Sunday) Embera Village Community (Breakfast & lunch)

After breakfast, a short bus ride takes us to the point of where we will starting the adventure through the Tropical Rainforest. Here we will take motorized dugout canoes across Alajuela Lake and up the Chagres River where we will meet the passionate and friendly people of the Embera- community. We will have an opportunity to learn about their indigenous culture and traditions. We will lunch in their typical thatched huts. Return to Panama City.

Day 4. (Monday) City Tour - Bocas del Toro (Breakfast & lunch)

A half day city tour visiting Panama's highlights including the Old City of Panama Viejo, the Casco Antiguo., and the modern city . During the tour we will enjoy a box lunch as we will go straight to Albrook Domestic Airport to catch the flight to Bocas. In the afternoon we will visit Bastimentos Marine Park Tour. Accommodation at Bocas del Toro Hotel.

Day 5. (Tuesday) Bocas del Toro (Breakfast & lunch)

An opportunity today to enjoy the landscape of the national marine park with its mangroves and keys at Crawl Coral or Bocas del Drago.

Day 6. (Wednesday) Bocas del Toro - Sixaola - Costa Rica (Breakfast)

Morning transfer by boat to Changuinola, and then continue by land to Sixaola, bordering with Costa Rica. Transfer by land to Puerto Viejo Limón. Overnight at the Suerre Caribe Hotel.

Day 7. (Thursday) Limon - San José (Breakfast & lunch)

Early morning departure to San Jose, stopping en the route for the Aerial Tram jungle tour at Braulio Carrillo National Park. Lunch before arriving at San Jose in the afternoon. City tour including the museum and the National Theater. Overnight at the San Gildar Hotel

Day 8. (Friday) San Jose (Breakfast & lunch)

A visit to Irazú Volcano.Irazu is the highest volcano in Costa Rica and with a history of eruptions since 1723. The most recent being from 1963 to 1965. A trip to Orosi, where you can visit the nearby nature reserves, hot springs, coffee farms, and raging rivers, all hidden snugly in the rolling hills and luscious waterfall-laden rainforest of the Orosi Valley. A final stop at Lancaster gardens before lunch and returning to San Jose and the San Gildar Hotel.

Day 9. (Saturday) San Jose - Liberia (Breakfast & lunch)

After breakfast, departure to Liberia. En route, we will visit by boat the Palo Verde National Park.

Palo Verde is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the country, with 15 habitats created by the topography, the conditions, including the drainage, the rivers and the tidal effects. One of the most common species and that which gives name to the reserve is the Palo Verde, a bush of many leaves and branches that is found in the swamps and in others habitats. Some of the more common mammals include the Congo monkeys, whiteface monkeys, porcupine and the coyotes. In the Tempisque you can also observe crocodiles over five metres in length. Arrival to Liberia in the afternoon and overnight at Las Espuelas Hotel.

Day 10. (Sunday) Liberia (Breakfast & lunch)

A wonderful day visiting Rincón de la Vieja National Park. This National Park is home to the most active geysers in Costa Rica. Volcano enthusiasts and ecotourists will find Rincon de la Vieja National Park one of the country's most varied -- and among the least visited parks. There are two volcanoes, nine craters (once active) and geysers reminiscent of Yellowstone. There are also more than 30 rivers and hundreds of bird and mammal species in the dry forest as it gently transcends into cloud forest. We will walk through it's trails before enjoying a fabulous horse ride. Return to Las Espuelas Hotel.

Day 11. (Sunday) Liberia - Peñas Blancas - Nicaragua (Breakfast & lunch)

Early in the morning departure to Peñas Blancas, bordering with Nicaragua. The Masaya National Park with its active volcano that will be visited outside of the town of Masaya which is famous for its artesian markets working wood, leather and especially beautiful hammocks. We will then later continue to Granada and accommodation at the Gran Francia Hotel.

Day 12. (Monday) Granada (Breakfast & lunch)

Granada is the oldest city in continental America. It is located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. Granada invites you to visit a variety of colonial churches and buildings and to enjoy the flair of a bustling town. The pueblos blancos San Juan del Oriente and Santa Catarina offer great art and souvenir shopping and a stunning view of the Laguna de Apoyo. A visit by boat the islands of Nicaragua Lake is a highlight of the trip. Return to your hotel.

Day 13. (Tuesday) Granada - León de los Caballeros (Breakfast & lunch)

From Granada we continue to León Santiago de los Caballeros. We will have an opportunity to visit the Cathedral and many other historical places of this colonial university city. Leon is Nicaragua's second largest city and former capital. Just like Granada, it is a colonial treasure in terms of architecture and history. Accommodation at El Convento Hotel.

Day 14. (Wednesday) León de los Caballeros (Breakfast & lunch)

Today we will visit the famous Flor de Caña rum distillery in Chichigalpa. In the afternoon, a visit to Hervideros of San Jacinto, close to Volcán Telica.

Day 15. (Thursday) Cerro Negro y Managua (Breakfast & lunch)

A walking tour of Cerro Negro and its active volcano before your afternoon departure to Managua city and accomoodation at Seminole Plaza Hotel.

Day 16. (Friday) Managua (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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