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Costa Rica & Panama Canal Adventure

Tropical treasures and unique wildlife unfold before our eyes in two Central American countries. On the first leg of the tour we will explore Costa Rica's extraordinary tropical forests and wildlife at several destinations including Poas Volcano National Park, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In Panama, we will visit the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in one day as we traverse the Panama Canal on the spacious decks of The Pacific Queen. Take in the sights of Panama City and get acquainted with Panama's indigenous culture at Embera Quera, where friendly natives demonstrate their way of life with music, dance, and handmade crafts.

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Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
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Most Meals Included
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Day 1 : Fly to San José

Today we board our flight to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Upon arrival we meet our local guide and check in to our beautifully-appointed hotel in San José.

Day 2 : Doka Coffee & Butterfly Gardens

Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing begins at the Doka Coffee Estate where we discover the history of traditional coffee growers. Begin with picking ripened coffee berries and follow production to the roasting hall where fresh heavenly scents fill the air. Costa Rica’s rich history with coffee dates back to the 1700s, and the celebrated bean is a centerpiece of Costa Rican economics and culture to this day. Here you get access to some of the best coffee in the world. After, witness the metamorphosis of 15 species of butterflies from egg to adult at the Doka Butterfly Gardens. Have a chance to get a close-up look at these colorful, incredible creatures. Enjoy views of the tropical landscape on our way to Arenal.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Wildlife Refuge Tour

Offering a glimpse into one of the richest and most biologically diverse ecosystems in Costa Rica, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and Rio Frio is home to monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the world’s most important wetlands for protecting endangered species. We gain access to the refuge via the village of Los Chiles near the Nicaraguan border, then board a riverboat for an adventurous photo safari through tropical rainforest and along pastures en route to a fascinating marshland. We return to the Arenal area with dinner on our own this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : Arenal Volcano National Park

Keep your camera handy as we join our Costa Rican guide for a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park. We take in spectacular views of Lake Arenal, mountain ridges covered in verdant rainforest, and search for extraordinary wildlife. Next, we go on a scenic motorcoach journey across the continental divide towards the Pacific Ocean for a one-night stay in Monteverde.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

You may choose to enjoy an included hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve this morning. Be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful wildlife and a spectacular waterfall. Next, learn about the unique amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica at Herpetarium Adventures. View exotic frogs, toads, and snakes up close. Afterwards, explore the pleasant oceanside town of Puntarenas on our way to San José.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Welcome to Panama

Say adios to the lush beauty of Costa Rica and board a short flight to Panama. We arrive in Panama City and are greeted at the airport by our local guide. Then, we check in to our Panama City hotel and enjoy an evening of relaxation.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Panama City Tour

Expansive Panama City lays out before us as we take in a city tour. Tour the Miraflores Locks Museum and watch ships pass through the chambers of this iconic feat of engineering. Go on a walking tour of historic Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Old Quarter originally founded by the Spanish and later plundered by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. On our tour, appreciate parks and plazas that seamlessly combine Italian, French, and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent golden altar at San José Church. Our tour ends with a visit to Panama City’s colorful Biomuseo, its galleries filled with artful exhibits showcasing the area’s biodiversity and natural history. We return to our hotel with dinner on our own.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Panama Canal Full Transit

Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean all in the same day! We board the Pacific Queen to begin our incredible journey through the locks where lakes and rivers traverse the waterway. Take in the sweeping sands of the Bay of Panama and the towering skyline of Panama City before passing under the Bridge of the Americas. Our full-day trip through carved sections of the Continental Divide provides immense history and geological wonder.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Embera Quera Community

Captivating culture and striking scenery await us today. We reach the Embera Quera Indigenous Community by a scenic boat ride. Upon arrival in the village, a local narrator teaches us about their culture, language, and way of life. Captivating local music and dances are demonstrated before shopping their selection of handmade crafts. Our day ends with an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner and folkloric show with traditional Panamanian music and dancing.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 : Return Home

Fly home with marvelous memories of our vacation in Central America.


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Quality Real Hotel in San José
  • 2 nights at the Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience in La Fortuna
  • 1 night at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde
  • 1 night at Studio Hotel Santa Ana near the San José airport
  • 4 nights at the Waldorf Astoria in Panama City

Attractions & Highlights

  • Doka Coffee Plantation tour
  • Doka Butterfly Gardens
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge boat tour
  • Arenal Volcano National Park guided hike
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve guided hike
  • Herpetarium Adventures
  • Panama City guided tour featuring the Casco Viejo Old Quarter
  • Miraflores Locks Museum
  • Biomuseo
  • Full-day Panama Canal transit aboard the Pacific Queen
  • Embera Quera Indigenous Community

20 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Dinner in Monteverde
  • Lunch with the Embera Quera
  • Farewell Dinner and folkloric show in Panama City

Tour Dates & Pricing


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Final Payment Date: 12/20/2022

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Des Moines, IA - Des Moines International Airport

Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn has been a part of the WHO Radio farm family since 1983. Bob joins Van and Bonnie weekday mornings bringing Iowa producers the latest farm news, farm weather and farm markets. Bob also hosts the WHO Radio Big Show each mid-day.

Bob’s broadcast career started as a student at Iowa State University. Over the next 35 years, Bob has covered ag-issues from the Iowa fields to the halls of Congress, including interviewing three U.S. Presidents. Bob’s relaxed style and brand of home spun humor have made him a favorite of WHO listeners.

Bob and his wife, Ann, have previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours. They invite you and WHO Radio listeners to travel with them on this wonderful adventure.