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Prefer more of Mexico? Want to include some Caribbean islands? Finish your cruise in Puerto Rico or stop in Grand Cayman. In this Category. We've circled the globe and couldn't find any sailings that match your search. View All Cruises. We're having trouble retrieving these cruises. View All Results. Stopping at different cruise ports during a Panama Canal crossing makes it easy to savor the varied flavors of these countries, each with its own signature spice and tang.
A cruise to the Panama Canal is a chance to land on amazing destinations during the same trip. Get in some beach time Oranjestad, Aruba. See traditional tapestry-making in Huatulco, Mexico. Or go snorkeling along the coral reef off the coast of Grand Cayman. Choose another country or region to browse and shop for cruise deals local to you. Back to Main Menu. The Panama Canal is one of the most astonishing human-made wonders, a sliver of ingenuity that allows ships to move from one ocean to another. Cruise from the Pacific to the Atlantic, or vice versa, and take in the scenery as you move through this engineering marvel built in Along with the tropical views and modern design of the canal, there's also great opportunity for adventures on land and by the shore, where you can get in touch with the indigenous culture at the Museum of Oaxacan Art in Huatulco, Mexico, or go kayaking in Nicoya Bay at Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
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Descend on some of the most exciting travel destinations in Central America during a Panama Canal cruise. Home of the Canal. And if you're in the mood for the city life, head to Panama City, the Caribbean's most urban cluster that's only an hour away by car. Rock the Boat. It's the perfect backdroparagraphCopy for a jaw-dropping photograph — just watch out for the sea lions that like to photobomb while sunbathing on the rocks.
Head in the Clouds. Cross foggy suspended bridges or zip-line along the treetops at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve near Puntarenas, Costa Rica, where local travel guides take you deep within the forest as you learn about its precious ecosystems.
Cross-Canal Culture. Along with crossing the impressive Panama Canal during your vacation, you can also get in touch with the local cultures of different countries, where indigenous peoples still live and where heritage and history are treasured and preserved. Colors of Folklore.
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About a minute drive from Puntarenas, the artisan village of Sarchi, Costa Rica, is known for the quality of its arts and crafts, especially the beautiful construction of the colorful oxcarts, the folkloric carriages that are a symbol of Costa Rican culture. The trip also includes water puppet shows, raft trips, a train journey and a cookery class — with ingredients fresh from a shopping trip to the local market.
Few countries offer a more original mix of family activities than Argentina. For a dose of nature, you could hike a jungle trail to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, kayak around the sheltered shoreline of Patagonia, don your crampons for the ice panorama of Los Glaciares National Park or cruise the wild wetlands of Ibera, home to caiman and capybara.
The itinerary starts and ends in Marrakesh, with time to explore the celebrated medina and soak in the sensory bombardment of the Red City on a walking tour. It then winds up into the Atlas, with hikes through the steep valleys and orange groves and visits to traditional Berber villages. Finally, it moves west to the Atlantic coast, with its colourful fishing communities and the resort town of Essaouira, where water sports aplenty offer a chance to wash off all that Sahara dust. Accommodation throughout is in comfortable hotels with swimming pools.
It takes a particular kind of family to hike the Inca Trail, involving as it does four full days of hiking — reaching altitudes of 4,m — and camping on mountainsides. But for active, adventurous types with older children, Peru will thrill. Activities along the way include paddle-boarding, mountain biking and zip-lining in the sacred valley.
This family tour covers all those highlights while taking in a host of quintessential Indian experiences en route, including a school cricket match, a Bollywood movie and a course in cooking the perfect curry. Transport is by express train and private vehicle, but also includes rides on camel, elephant and rickshaw. This is suitable for children of all ages, with swimming pools at each hotel. Costa Rica crams a rich variety of wildlife adventures into one conveniently small geographical package. While parents crane into the canopy for sloths, monkeys and macaws, children will be rummaging at ground level for poison-arrow frogs and other bizarre mini beasts.
Zip-lining and river-rafting up the excitement quotient for thrill-seeking family members — although parents may prefer to steam gently in the natural hot springs of the volcano slopes. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit our adblocking instructions page.
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