Megacity in the jungle: Panama City
As an international trade centre, gate to the Panama Canal and starting point for excursions to spectacular
national parks, Panama City has evolved into a lively trend metropolis. Away from the sparkling skyline, time still moves at a different pace in the old quarter of the Casco Viejo: Strolling along grand old boulevards lined with bougainvillea is like walking right back into colonial times.
The Bocas del Toro National Park
Bocas del Toro is the name of a town and a province in the north-west of Panama. It also encompasses six larger islands and countless smaller ones. The region’s main attraction is its national marine park – a sanctuary that allows plants and animals to flourish both above and below the waterline. That is why, on our boat and snorkelling excursion, we are able to take you to white sandy beaches and offer you the finest glimpse of the underwater world in crystal clear waters.
Several relaxing days at sea
Besides crossing worlds and discovering new lands, we let relaxation take a front seat on our yacht for five whole days. Plenty of time to enjoy life under the white sails and be spoilt in every way.
The world’s second largest coral reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is a 256-kilometre-long (159 miles) reef system which contains countless small coral islands. The Lighthouse Reef Atoll features a particularly special natural wonder: the Great Blue Hole. This circular submarine sinkhole, with a diameter of over 300 metres (0.19 miles), was formed during the last ice age and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Donning your snorkel and getting an underwater view is obviously another great way to discover the impressive beauty of the reef.
Maya cities in Mexico and Belize
The sophisticated culture of the Maya in Central America, which began roughly 5,000 years ago and
ended around the time of the Spanish conquest, is still a mystery. Their ceremonies seem to have been gory, their step pyramids imposing, and their stone carvings required a great deal of skill. On our trip you will discover three mystical Maya strongholds: Tulum, in Mexico, is the only Maya city situated on the coast; Altun Ha and Lamanai are located in Belize. Constructed on the banks of an inland lagoon, Lamanai remained populated for roughly 3,000 years. Excavations have revealed that over 20,000 people lived there around 700 AD.