Posts Tagged "Central America"

Puerto Vallarta

After leaving Guatemala, we traveled up the Mexico coastline until we reached Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where we docked on January 16, 2017. The ships dock about 2 miles away from the old town, so we took a taxi there to the main square where Los Arcos, and the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe are located. Along the shore is the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s famous boardwalk, which is lined with may sculptures including the iconic Caballo del Mar. We saw live performances from the Rock Sculpture Artist  and the Flying Indians. There are also handicraft shops featuring paper mache statues and...

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Antigua Nicaragua

On January 13, 2017 we docked at Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, where there was a cruise terminal and a handicraft area. We took a hour and a half transfer to the city of Antigua, another UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the central highlands of Guatemala, surrounded by mountains and just below the Fuego Volcano. The old town is easy to walk around and has many well preserved buildings. Many of the locals were in traditional dress, most of which were selling various fruits and crafts. One of the iconic buildings is the  Arch of Santa Catalina. There were many artesian shops that were...

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Corinto Nicaragua

January 12, 2017 found us in Corinto, Nicaragua at a small cruise terminal. When leaving the ship we were greeted by some welcome dancers in traditional dress. We took a tour to the Colonial city of Leon, a UNESCO World Heritage site which was a hour and a half drive from Corinto. While in Leon we walked through the old town and visited the Cathedral of Leon which is situated on the Central Square, which hosted a variety of vendors.  Upon our return to the port we passed the impressive San Cristobal Volcano. We left this port as we witnessed another spectacular Sunset. The thumbnail pictures...

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Puntarenas Costa Rica

After exiting the Panama Canal we headed north and arrived in Puntarenas, Costa Rica on January 11, 2017. Puntarenas is situated on a peninsula and the ship has to dock at the end of a long pier. We took a tour up to the Cloud Forest at Volcano National Park. After a three and half hour bus ride we arrived at the park to find out that whole area was fogged in, thus the name cloud forest. We did walk around and enjoyed the many Wild Flowers that were in the area. We then proceeded to the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation, where we toured the grounds and processing plant. The thumbnail pictures...

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Panama Canal

On January 9, 2017, we entered the Panama Canal at 6:00am in the morning and went through the 3 Gutun Locks. We then had to anchor for about 3 hours in the lake until we could proceed. In the lake we could see the New locks which were just opened last year. After our wait, we then moved through the canal passing several dredges, work boats and tugs. We also passed Gamboa the central hub where the large cranes and equipment are housed. At 3:30 we entered the Pedro Miguel locks and then completed our journey with the Milaflores locks. By the time we finally left the canal it was twilight and...

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