Three Borders – Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

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STEM. Language. Culture.
Adventure!

Deep in the heart of Central America, journey with Quo across three breathtakIng borders. Rich in opportunIties for STEM, cultural and language immersion, you’ll get your fill of fun & adventure, too!

Marvel at one of humanity’s greatest engineering feats as you travel the Panama Canal—the eighth wonder of the modern world. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and commit a bit of your heart as you help a disadvantaged community improve their local school. Strengthen your Spanish skills with challenging language-driven activities and engagements in local communities.

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Program Snap Shot

Smaller group. Bigger impact.

Program length: 10 days
All Inclusive Price: from $4,995
Departure Dates: Week of July 2-6, 2018

Minimum Group:  15 Paying Travelers

Program Priced from Leaders’ Departure Airport


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sail the Panama Canal with Instruction from an Engineering Expert
  • Explore Active Volcanos & Learn About Central American Volcanology
  • Study the Fauna and Flora of Unique Biomes
  • Encounter Sea Life as You Snorkel Off the Coast
  • Zip Lines, Water Slides and Thermal Pools Await
  • White Water Rafting on Tropical Rivers
  • Canyoneering and Waterfall Rappelling
  • Teach English to Local Students

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Full Program Itinerary

Day One: Depart for Nicaragua

Fly from our home airport to Managua where we will be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel for the evening.

Day Two: Welcome to Nicaragua

After an early breakfast we will be picked up in a ”Volantas” (Traditional carriage pulled by a horse) and will explore the colonial city of Granada, one of the oldest settlements in Central America. This afternoon we will visit Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America where we will board a boat and transfer to an island. Lunch will be served next to the lake. This afternoon we will have some free time to explore the old city on fool.

Day Three: Masaya volcano and central market
  • Our full day excursion begins with a visit to the Masaya Volcano National Park, where we will see the old and new lava flows and learn about the volcanology of the region. We will then explore the rim of the main crater to have a closer look of this active volcano.

    Later we will visit The Masaya ́s Central Market, the perfect place to admire and buy some of the local handcrafts.

Day Four: Costa Rica here we come!
  • This morning we drive to the Nicaraguan Costa Rica border. Once in Costa Rica, we will head to Buena Vista Lodge, located at the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, one of 5 active volcanoes in the country.

    Afternoon activities will be coordinated according to our arrival time, among them: horseback riding, 1400 ft. water slide nestled in the middle of the forest, zip line, thermal springs, mud baths.

Day Five: White water rafting
  • Today we will observe the incredible wildlife of Costa Rica on the Corobicí River. The Corobicí is a wide and fast- owing Class I and II river with moderate waves. This river is great for all ages, nature lovers and bird watchers will appreciate the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife in this tropical dry forest. Along the river, we’ll have a great opportunity to see animals like: howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, coatis, iguanas, some of the 300 species of birds that inhabit the nearby Palo Verde National Park, such as: wood stork, kingfishers, roseate spoonbill, boat-billed heron, bare-throated tiger heron, white ibis among others. All of these can be spotted in the trees along the riverbanks of the Corobicí and Tenorio rivers. After our river adventure we continue to the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

Day Six: Sea kyaks and surfing
  • Today we explore the spectacular coastline and pristine beaches of this region. Sea kayaks & outrigger canoes are the best way to enjoy these coastal waters. Easy paddling along the coast will get us to Playa Limoncito with its white sand beach and clear waters, the perfect place to snorkel or play a beach soccer. This afternoon we will have a group surfing lesson.

    During this two-hour lesson we will learn surfing fundamentals: etiquette, safety and wave dynamics, paddling skills, surfboard positioning, maneuvering, proper stand-up and riding techniques.

Day Seven: Canyoning and waterfall rappelling
  • After a short 15-minute drive from Jaco we will arrive at a beautiful 800 acre property to start our adventure. After a safety briefing and equipment orientation, we will begin our hike into the canyon where our naturalist guide will point out interesting flora and fauna. Monkey, toucan and scarlet macaws abound in this area and are regularly sighted.

    After arriving at the top, we will zip line over of a gorgeous 200’ waterfall. We then will begin our descent through the waterfalls where we will rappel down 4 waterfalls from 60-90 feet!! A short hike further and we will then “ZIP-OUT” on 2 Canopy Zip lines. The longest is over 2,000 feet! We will then enjoy a tropical fruit snack and a beverage before returning to our hotel.

Day Eight: Fly to Panama
  • This morning we fly from San Jose to Panama. After arrival we will visit the Miraflores Locks and experience firsthand the daily operations of the Panamá Canal, the Eighth Wonder of the World and then we will walk through the old part of the city called “Casco Antiguo” full of history and wonderful colonial buildings to contrast this with the modern city of Panamá.

Day Nine: The wonders of the Panama Canal
  • Our jounry today begins at Gamboa where we board our boat and journey through the Gatun Lake one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, crossing the narrowest and more mountainous parts of the Panama Province. We will navigate the “Centenario Bridge” overlooking the construction of the new locks. Our journey then descends the Pedro Miguel Lock and into the Miraflores Lake. We will learn about the unique lock system which is controlled entirely by moving water from the lake into the lock and will be amazed at the engineering of this modern wonder.

    Our farewell dinner will be at the Causeway Islands: four small islands at the entrance of the Panama Canal linked to the mainland via a causeway made from rock extracted during the excavations from the Panama Canal meant to serve as a breakwater for the entrance of the canal.

Day Ten: Homeward bound
  • This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.