BOOK NOW at www.imaginative-traveller.com or CALL 0845 287 0769COSTA RICA / PANAMA159Costa Rica & Panama 17 days Palm-fringed beaches and spectacular volcanoes.Costa Rica and Panama offer some of the most alluring attractions of the natural world - spectacular volcanoes, incredible wildlife, palm-fringed beaches and surprising underwater worlds. Then there is the Panama Canal - a testament to human ingenuity connecting two mighty oceans.Trip InfoDeparture DatesGroup size: Maximum 16.Grade: Culture Easy.Transport: Boat, Deluxe bus, Local bus, Minibus, On foot, Taxi.Accommodation: 16 nights budget/tourist class hotels.Start Day: Tuesday End Day: Thursday Tour code: GSCPNEWStart FinishStart Finish201115-Mar 31-Mar29-Mar 14-Apr12-Apr 28-Apr26-Apr 12-May24-May 09-Jun21-Jun 07-Jul19-Jul 04-Aug16-Aug 01-Sep13-Sep 29-Sep11-Oct 27-Oct08-Nov 24-Nov06-Dec 22-Dec20-Dec 05-Jan201203-Jan 19-Jan31-Jan 16-Feb28-Feb 15-Mar13-Mar 29-Mar27-Mar 12-Apr10-Apr 26-Apr24-Apr 10-May22-May 07-Jun19-Jun 05-Jul17-Jul 02-AugItineraryDay 1-2 / San Jose Your time is your own in San Jose, so arrive at anytime on Day 1. Nestled in a fertile valley, most of the city's colonial buildings have been rebuilt following a series of earthquakes. The beautiful National Theatre is a must-see. Day 3-4 / Monteverde Travelling into the mountains, we arrive at the village of Monteverde. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and plants. Stroll along the giant 'sky walk' - a series of suspension bridges through the forest canopy. Day 5-6 / La Fortuna - Arenal The town of La Fortuna is known for the spectacular active volcano of Arenal, where molten lava can often be seen flowing from the crater. We hike around the volcano and take a refreshing dip in the stunning Fortuna Waterfalls. Day 7-9 / Puerto Viejo We continue on to the small town of Puerto Viejo, where long walks on pristine beaches, snorkelling, diving, world-class surfing and mountain biking are just some of the activities that await us. We also visit the nearby Cahuita National Park. Day 10-11 / Bocas del Toro We cross into Panama and catch a boat to Colon - the main island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Relax on the beach and chill out in a small Caribbean village to a calypso beat. Day 12-14 / Boquete Return to the mainland we travel to Boquete, located on the slopes of Baru Volcano. There are a host of exciting optional things to do here, including ascending the cone of the volcano, rafting, kayaking or seeking out exotic bird life. Day 15-17 / Panama City Our final destination is Panama City, where we pay homage to the famous Panama Canal and visit the World Heritage quarter of San Felipe (Casco Viejo). Our adventure ends on the morning of Day 17. Do something special!Why not add on our stunning San Blas Island extension trip (GSI) - 4 days just £375. Visit our website for more details.
For detailed departures, itineraries and prices please visit our website160mexicoItineraryMexico City to Cancun 15 days Rich culture and stunning scenery - the perfect destination!Rich culture, stunning scenery, colourful markets, friendly people, tempting cuisine and the archaeological remnants from the great empires of the Aztecs, Toltecs and the Mayans. We get the most out of the stunning ruins of Palenque - our trip includes entry fee and a local guide who will bring this city, long lost in the jungle, to life.Trip InfoDeparture DatesDay 1 / Mexico City With no activities planned for our first day, the huge metropolis of Mexico City awaits your discovery. Day 2 / Teotihuacan Ruins - Mexico City A short drive brings us to the 'must see' archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan. The towering Pyramids of the Sun and Moon dominate the site of this ancient city built more than 1800 years ago. We return to Mexico City in the afternoon. Day 3 / Mexico City Start the day with a guided walking tour of the historic centre of this exciting capital, before heading off on your own - or with new friends - to explore the great museums, buildings and markets. Day 4 / Puebla We drive to the small city of Puebla. The almost unparalleled preservation of Spanish-colonial Puebla means a walk through the streets feels like a walk through time. Check out the charming colonial buildings and churches of this city. Day 5 / Oaxaca Next stop is Oaxaca, a convivial and colourful colonial city that has become famous as an artistic centre offering an exciting array of handicrafts and souvenirs. Day 6 / Monte Alban We visit the ancient Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban today then, in the evening, catch the night bus to San Cristobal de Las Casas in the state of Chiapas. Day 7-8 / San Cristobal Fill your day shopping along San Cristobal's narrow cobblestone streets, learning about traditional Mayan medicine or kicking back to some Latin tunes. We also visit a highland village where the indigenous inhabitants have their own distinctive colourful dress. Day 9-10 / Palenque Further on is the partially excavated jungle town of Palenque, where we explore the intricacies of these Mayan ruins in their jungle setting. Next we visit Agua Azul, where scores of dazzling white waterfalls thunder into turquoise pools surrounded by lush jungle. Day 11-12 / Merida We head to Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan. This historic city has long been a centre of Mayan culture and the Anthropological Museum is a great insight into the way of life of the ancient Mayans. Day 13-15 / Chichen Itza - Cancun On our way to Cancun, we visit the Mayan site of Chichen Itza. From our Cancun hotel, the beachside oasis of Playa del Carmen is a local bus ride away. Here we lie back and enjoy the beaches and stunning blue waters. Group size: Maximum 16.Grade: Walking Moderate / Culture Moderate.Transport: Aircon bus, Local bus, Taxi.Start Day: Monday End Day: MondayTour code: GSMCStart FinishStart Finish201107-Feb 21-Feb21-Feb 07-Mar07-Mar 21-Mar21-Mar 04-Apr04-Apr 18-Apr18-Apr 02-May02-May 16-May16-May 30-May30-May 13-Jun13-Jun 27-Jun27-Jun 11-Jul11-Jul 25-Jul25-Jul 08-Aug08-Aug 22-Aug22-Aug 05-Sep05-Sep 19-Sep19-Sep 03-Oct03-Oct 17-Oct17-Oct 31-Oct31-Oct 14-Nov14-Nov 28-Nov28-Nov 12-Dec12-Dec 26-Dec26-Dec 09-Jan201209-Jan 23-Jan23-Jan 06-Feb06-Feb 20-Feb20-Feb 05-Mar05-Mar 19-Mar19-Mar 02-Apr02-Apr 16-Apr16-Apr 30-Apr30-Apr 14-May14-May 28-May28-May 11-Jun11-Jun 25-Jun25-Jun 09-Jul