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Well-known for one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, Panama's might exists beyond the Panama canal. The artifical 48 mile waterway was first used in 1914, 33 years after work began and centuries after the Spanish Empire first dreamed of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.

First used by the Spanish in the 16th century, using Panama as a crossing point became extremely important for ships wishing to avoid the long and hazardous sailing to the Cape Horn region at the end of South America. As other Spanish Colonies such as Viceroyalty of Peru yielded more gold and silver, more Spaniards began making the trek over the small stretch of land that separated the Pacific from the...   Read More
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Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Andres Fernandez
Growing up in an international environment allowed me to interact with people from different cultures and learn from them. I would say that's when I…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Colette Stubbings
Living a transitory lifestyle whenever I’ve had the means to do so has become a source of personal inspiration, mindfulness, growth and exchange.…
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Sierra Searing
Sierra's dream in life is to explore every corner of the globe. When not travelling (and also while travelling), she loves the outdoors, wildlife, and…
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Name:
Andres Fernandez

EDUCATION:
Communication and Psychology.

LANGUAGE:
English, Spanish and French (after living in Belgium for 5 years).

TOURS LED:
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Poland, the Baltic States, Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
I love travelling in Central America. The natural history is astounding, all the birds, mammals, flora and fauna! As a certified diver and avid sportsman, the area offers many opportunities for diving, kayaking and rafting.

ABOUT:
Growing up in an international environment allowed me to interact with people from different cultures and learn from them. I would say that's when I became a traveler...

To me, traveling is not only about the sites and highlights of a destination, it's mostly about the people and their history, about how they solve things. It's about their lives!

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Name:
COLETTE STUBBINGS

EDUCATION:
BFA in Visual Arts / Tourism and Business Management Diploma

COUNTRIES VISITED:
Just under 40 countries on six continents

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
The beauty and remoteness of isolated, untouched nature make Mongolia and Iceland two of my favourite locations. To feel as small as humanly possible and swallowed by a dramatic landscape is one of the best feelings in the world. From the alien, multicoloured rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar in Iceland’s Highlands to painting-like orange/yellow pines that dot Terelj National Park in Mongolia during autumn - both are dear to my heart.

ABOUT:
Living a transitory lifestyle whenever I’ve had the means to do so has become a source of personal inspiration, mindfulness, growth and exchange. Convinced there is beauty in all things / people / places, I’m always anticipating the sights and sounds of any place I drift to next!

Name:
Sierra Searing

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of International Business with a Minor in Spanish. The degree also included spending a year studying abroad in Chile.

LANGUAGE:
English, Spanish, and some French & German.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
Sierra has travelled through 44 countries on 5 continents. She has hiked through jaw-dropping Iceland, slept in an old prison off the coast of Colombia, befriended a rescued kinkajou in the highland jungle of Panama, been stung by a jellyfish in Sri Lanka, feasted on the delectable street food of Georgetown, Malaysia, and camped alongside guanacos in Patagonia.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
This is Sierra's least favourite question. It is impossible to choose between the mystery and serenity of Peru, the spectacular wildlife sightings of South Africa, and the impossible construction of Meteora, Greece. She enjoys every destination in its own unique way and has yet to find a country she didn’t fall in love with.

ABOUT:
Sierra's dream in life is to explore every corner of the globe. When not travelling (and also while travelling), she loves the outdoors, wildlife, and photography and spends most weekends hiking, no matter the season or weather.

Well-known for one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, Panama's might exists beyond the Panama canal. The artifical 48 mile waterway was first used in 1914, 33 years after work began and centuries after the Spanish Empire first dreamed of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.

First used by the Spanish in the 16th century, using Panama as a crossing point became extremely important for ships wishing to avoid the long and hazardous sailing to the Cape Horn region at the end of South America. As other Spanish Colonies such as Viceroyalty of Peru yielded more gold and silver, more Spaniards began making the trek over the small stretch of land that separated the Pacific from the Atlantic.

It was during this time that towns such as Portobelo appeared, which was once the main port of entry and exit for all of South America. The exchange of merchandise took place annually at Portobelo in the form of a fair which lasted from 30 to 60 days. During this time, this sleepy little place was a beehive of activity. Panama tours explore this area, where transactions frequently totaled from 10 to 12 million gold pesos. These fairs took place once each year until 1738 when, as a result of continual attacks by pirates, Spain was forced to abandon the Isthmian route for the longer but more secure one around Cape Horn.

The isthmus of Panama was created millions of years ago by the collision of two plates, volcanic activity and sediment from erosion which created a land connecting South and North America. Resulting in a land bridge connecting the continents, Panama has been a key for the migration of animals and human for millennia. An overlap of flora and fauna between North America and South America are found in Panama, creating one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Nearly a thousand species of birds are found in this region, as well as a variety of insects, amphibians, birds, fish, and reptiles.

Away from the isthmus, where the capital Panama City and transocean trains are also located, Panama tours explore the national parks such as Chiriqui which encompasses a beautiful cloud forest. Here the land rises in excess of 1,500 m / 4,950 feet and warm air ascends the mountains where it meets with cooler air and condenses into a persistent cloud cover.

The national parks of Panama certainly impress with the variety of flora and verdant greens of a lush tropical forests. Our Panama tours also include a chance to appreciate the coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, a tropical island with more than 58 species of corals.

Five hundred years ago, Christopher Columbus arrived at a tropical paradise he named Bocas del Toro. Overwhelmed by the most incredible contrasts of vivid colour and sheer unspoiled natural surroundings, Columbus decided to drop anchor and spend a bit of time in this idyllic place.

It appears as though not much has changed since Columbus' time, as Panama is still a placed to be amazed and overwhelmed by the variety and contrasts in this relatively small country.