Central America & Mexico

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Travel with Experts

Each voyage was developed by an experienced team of expedition staff and lecturers—naturalists, Mayanists, archaeologists, scientists, and leaders who are intimately familiar with our destinations. Finally, after several years, there are once again small ship cruises to Panama and Costa Rica.  A selection of special land tours has been arranged to complement these new cruise programs. For our new Deluxe Costa Rica Eco Tours, Stephen Weston and Dick West personally scouted and visited each hotel and destination in September 2012 to ensure it met our standards. This is a truly unique program with a focus on ecology, bird and wild life, and showcasing the amazing biodiversity of this small, magical country.

 

MEXICO

 

Sea of Cortez

Mexico’s Sea  of Cortes – Baja’s Bounty

Each Saturday November 2017- March 2018

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortés “the world’s aquarium”—and you’ll quickly agree!

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Los Arcos

REUNION CRUISE, SAVE 10%!  BAJA AND TREASURES OF CORTES EXPEDITION CRUISE and COPPER CANYON

DATE: April 21, 2018    DURATION: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS

Mazatlan to San Diego

Truly All-Inclusive Silversea Expeditions cruise – Free Air – Open Bar – Gratuities

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Panama Canal & Costa Rica

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

Friday Departures – year-round

Sail between two seas exploring national parks and a wildlife refuge teeming with colorful birds and wildlife; snorkeling and kayaking in crystal-clear waters; and transit the Panamá Canal.

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Pure Panama:  Cultures, Coasts & Canal

 2017 –  September 15; October 27
2018 – May 4, 11; June 1, 8, 29; July 6, 27; August 3, 24, 31; September 7; November 02

Swashbucklers, a river of gold, and the world’s greatest man-made ditch. Cross the Isthmus of Panamá in search of adventure.

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Ultimate Costa Rica & Panama

The Darién Jungle, colonial forts, tropical islands, jungles, whales, wildlife, and a Panamá Canal transit! Kayak, hike, snorkel, and explore—nestled along shore from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.

DETAILS  – San Jose to Panamá City
2018 – April 27; May 25; June 22; July 20; August 17

DETAILS Panamá City to San Jose*
2017 –  October 27
2018 – May 11; June 08; July 06; Aug 03; Nov 02

 

 

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Deluxe Sustainable Tourism Program

Year Round – Any Date on Minimum Two Guest Basis

Perfect as a destination tour, and as an add-on to our Costa Rica/Panama cruise. Using only Certified Sustainable Tourism properties.

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BELIZE

2018 BELIZE & GUATEMALA

2017:  Dec 11, Dec 28
2018:  Jan 11

Experience the remote islands and clear blue waters of Belize, combined with the lush forests and Mayan ruins of Guatemala on this 12-day adventure.

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Travel Programs Developed by the Experts

Each voyage was developed by a experienced team of expedition staff and lecturers—naturalists, Mayanists, archaeologists, scientists, and leaders who are intimately familiar with our destinations. Stephen Weston and Dick West personally scouted and visited each hotel in September 2012 to ensure it met our standards. This is a truly unique program with a focus on ecology, bird and wild life, and showcasing the amazing biodiversity of this small, magical country. Stephen Weston: Naturalist, Exploration Leader, Dive Master Stephen was inspired from a very early age by the family legacy created by his grandfather, Julian A. Weston, who studied Costa Rica’s Cocos Island and wrote the first book about this enchanting island in 1938. Julian dedicated his life to researching the history of Cocos Island and the many men and women who visited the island – English Lords, pirates, scientists, colonizers, mercenaries, geographers,  women of fortune, oceanographers, politicians like Franklin D. Roosevelt and last but not least treasure hunters. Jose Figueres Ferrer, President of Costa Rica found it fitting to add the name Weston to the romantic tradition of Costa Rica’s Treasure Island.  On April 24th 1958 by special presidential decree, he gave the name “Bahia Weston” to the wide bay that lies on the north coast, to honor Julian’s memory and his contribution to better understanding of this remote island, often referred to as the Galapagos of the north. For many years Stephen followed the footsteps of his father, Christopher Weston, who visited Cocos Island for the first time 1959. As with his grandfather, they both acquired extensive knowledge on researching and documenting the historical and natural treasures of this Island. In Stephen’s studies he has become involved with numerous well-known undersea investigators and sport divers from all over the world such as Philippe Cousteau, Marty Snyderman, Stan Waterman and Peter Benchley. Stephen is a third generation Costa Rican of English and Italian descent.  Licensed by the Tourism Board of Costa Rica as a naturalist guide in 1995, he has guided Ecotourism tours around the globe for 15 years.  He focuses on marine ecology and its biodiversity, as well as the intricate interactions among marine organisms of the Caribbean, Eastern Pacific and South Pacific Oceans, in areas such as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Cocos Island, Panama, Malpelo Island, The Galapagos Islands, The Virgin Islands, Fiji, The Salomon Islands, New Zealand, Polynesia and Micronesia. Stephen has brought international awareness towards this fragile realm of tropical paradise with his photography and documentaries featured on the BBC, and National Geographic. As a naturalist, Stephen specializes in Tropical Ecology and Natural History interpretation.  Moreover, he enjoys leading field trips with a particular interest in bird watching, botany and seashell identification. Over the years, Stephen has developed a profound passion for sharks.  This fascination started as a child around Cocos Island where his father taught him to scuba dive at age 13.  Stephen went on to become a dive instructor with over 5,000 dives.  Stephen is a cofounder of Costa Cetacean Marine Research Station where he pioneered research in identifying and documenting individual sharks of Costa Rica´s Caribbean coast.

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