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Pacific Queen in the Panama Canal
Arenal Volcano National Park
Iguana in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Embera Quera Indigenous Community
Three Toed Sloth
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Departs: March 14th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
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 Cano 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. Agricultural highlights include visits to the Doka Coffee Estate, the Corso Dairy Farm, and discussion with a Panama agricultural expert.
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Hosted By: Bob Bosold
WAXX 104.5 Farm Director
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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 & Corso Dairy
Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing begins at the Doka Coffee Estate. Here we discover the history of traditional coffee growers, also known as the Chorrear. Begin with the picking of the ripened coffee berries and follow the production to the roasting hall where heavenly scents of fresh coffee fill the air.
After, witness the metamorphosis of 15 species of butterflies from egg to adult at the Doka Butterfly Gardens. We have a chance to get a close-up look at these colorful, incredible creatures.
Next, enjoy a guided tour of Corso Dairy Farm. Home to 600 cows on 220 hectares, we tour the farm with a bilingual guide who shares a range of insights into their milk production process. We will also visit their strawberry plantation with more than 20,000 plants in hydroponic greenhouses. A traditional Costa Rican lunch is included during our visit.
Enjoy sightseeing of the tropical landscape on our way to Arenal.
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 the Rio Frio houses monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more. We access this wildlife sanctuary via the village of Los Chiles, near the Nicaraguan border. Board a river adventure boat and leisurely float along on a safari through a brilliant tropical rain forest and pastures en route to a fascinating marshland.
We return to the Arenal area with dinner on our own this evening.
Day 4 : Arenal Volcano National Park
Hike along the base of the Mountain of Fire on today’s amazing journey. Follow a paved trail through lush forest and learn about the active period of 1968 that turned a once-thriving canopy of vegetation into the small patches of green and towering summit we see today.
This evening we check-in to our accommodations in the Monteverde area.
Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Today we 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.
Day 6 : Welcome to Panama
Say adios to the resplendent beauty of Costa Rica and board a short flight to Panama.
After checking into our Panama City accommodations, we meet a local expert from the Panama Agricultural Chamber who educates us on the country’s agricultural exports.
Day 7 : Panama City Tour
Expansive Panama City lays out before us today as we set out on a full day city tour.
Begin with a visit to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Tour the museum and take in views of the ships passing through this iconic feat of engineering.
See the historical ruins of Old Panama, originally founded by the Spanish and later famously plundered by the dreaded pirate Henry Morgan.
We also visit Casco Antiguo, seamlessly combining Italian, French and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent Golden Altar.
Our tour ends with a visit to Panama City’s colorful Biodiversity Museum.
We return to our hotel with dinner on our own.
Day 8 : Panama Canal Full Transit
Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean all in the same day! From the Pacific Ocean, 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. We then board the Pacific Queen to begin our incredible journey through the locks, where lakes and rivers traverse this waterway. Our full-day trip through carved sections of the Continental Divide provide immense history and geological wonder.
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.
Day 10 : Return Home
We fly home with marvelous memories of our vacation in Central America.
March 14th, 2020 - March 23rd, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 12/10/2019
WAXX Radio Pickup Locations:
Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02
Black River Falls, WI - Perkins Restaurant
Cadott, WI - River Country Plaza
Chippewa Falls, WI - McDonalds
Colby/Abbotsford, WI - Hardees/Shell Truck Stop
Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office
Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza
Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05
Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center
Menomonie, WI - AmericInn
Neillsville, WI - Russell's Of Neillsville
Onalaska, WI - Holiday Inn Express
Osseo, WI - McDonalds
Stanley, WI - Stanley Travel Stop
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
Bob Bosold has been the Farm Director at WAXX 104.5 for over 40 years. Bob received the Farm Broadcaster of the Year award in 2002 and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He also makes many appearances at farm related events, where he enjoys visiting with WAXX listeners. Bob spends much of his leisure time with his two sons.
Bob has hosted over 30 farm tours to many fascinating d estinations including San Antonio, New Orleans, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii and New England. His international tours include Italy, China, Railroading in the Rockies, Austria & Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Holland. Bob’s enthusiasm, humor, agricultural expertise and farming experiences will add to the enjoyment of your vacation.
Join Bob and WAXX 104 listeners on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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