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Hosted By: Bob Bosold
WAXX 104.5 Farm Director
Immerse yourself in tropical treasures and rich culture within two spectacular Central American countries. Our adventure begins by exploring Costa Rica’s extraordinary tropical rainforests and unique wildlife. Embark on a scenic hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, relax on a riverboat ride in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and set your sights upon the lush forests and towering waterfalls in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In Panama, take a scenic boat ride to Embera Quera to learn about their indigenous culture as our friendly hosts demonstrate their way of life with music, dance, and handmade crafts. Explore vibrant Panama City with a guided tour to discover the historic attractions and fascinating architecture. Enjoy traveling through the famous Panama Canal with a partial transit before driving to the northernmost Agua Clara Locks and viewing the newly constructed Atlantic Bridge. Agricultural highlights include visits to the Doka Coffee Estate, La Finca Luna Farm, and a discussion with a Panama Agricultural Chamber expert.
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March 23rd, 2024 - April 1st, 2024
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 12/19/2023
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 & Farm Tour
Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing commences at the Doka Coffee Estate. 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. Begin with picking ripened coffee berries and follow production to the roasting hall, where fresh heavenly scents fill the air. Indulge in some of the best coffee in the world and delight your taste buds with a cup or purchase coffee grounds to bring home. We then travel to La Finca Luna Farm for an intriguing tour of their diverse crops, many used for medicine or cosmetics. Learn about their regenerative agriculture practices while viewing exotic fruits, spices, and raw cacao. Afterwards, we depart for our charming boutique accommodations in Arenal and enjoy views of the tropical landscape along the way.
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.
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 to admire the mountain ridges covered in verdant rainforest and search for extraordinary wildlife. We take in spectacular views of Lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica and an important provider of hydroelectric power for the country. Next, we go on a scenic motorcoach journey across the continental divide towards the Pacific Ocean for a one-night stay in Monteverde.
Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Enjoy a guided hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve this morning. Be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful wildlife and a spectacular waterfall as you walk throughout this iconic lush forest with low-hanging clouds. Later, we learn about the unique amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica at Herpetarium Adventures and 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
After breakfast, we 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. We then get settled in our hotel before meeting a local expert from the Panama Agricultural Chamber who fascinates us with a presentation on the country’s agricultural exports. Later, we enjoy an included dinner and evening of relaxation.
Day 7 : Embera Quera Community
Captivating culture and striking scenery await us today at the Embera Quera Indigenous Community. We enjoy a scenic boat ride up the Chagres River to the village where a local ambassador teaches us about their culture, language, and way of life. We’re treated to a savory lunch before observing a delightful display of local music and dance with a chance to join in on the fun. Take time to shop their selection of handmade crafts before we return to our accommodations.
Day 8 : Panama City Tour
Expansive Panama City lays out before us as we embark on a city tour. Visit the Miraflores Locks Museum and watch ships pass through the chambers of this iconic engineering feat. Stroll through historic Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Old Quarter, originally founded by the Spanish and later plundered by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. Throughout our tour, appreciate the parks and plazas that seamlessly combine Italian, French, and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent golden altar at San José Church. Our exploration ends with a visit to colorful Biomuseo, a museum highlighting the natural history of Panama with artful exhibits showcasing the area’s biodiversity and natural history. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.
Day 9 : Panama Canal
Today is filled with excitement as we travel through the historic Panama Canal. 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. After completing our partial transit, we disembark our ship in the town of Gamboa and drive to the Agua Clara Locks, the northernmost locks of Panama Canal. Here we watch ships pass through the locks and view the Atlantic Bridge, which opened in 2019 and spans the entire width of the canal. Later, we return to Panama City for an included Farewell Dinner and folkloric show with traditional Panamanian music and dancing.
Day 10 : Return Home
Fly home with marvelous memories of our vacation in Central America.
WAXX Radio Pickup Locations:
Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02
Cadott, WI - River Country Plaza
Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations
Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza
Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05
Marshfield, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 71-01
Menomonie, WI - AmericInn By Wyndham Menomonie
Neillsville, WI - Russell's Of Neillsville
Onalaska, WI - Walmart Supercenter
Osseo, WI - McDonald's
Stanley, WI - Stanley Travel Stop
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 40 farm tours to many fascinating destinations 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 tour.
Join him and WAXX 104.5 listeners on this spectacular vacation!
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