The Panama Canal

Adventures in the Panama Canal

The 16th century Panama Canal is an attraction for tourists and engineers who wish to see this great project and the 8th wonder of the world. If you are also planning a family vacation to Panama, here is a sample travel plan which will come handy.

Cruise ship is going trough panama canal

Cruise ship is going trough panama canal

Day 1:  You will arrive at the airport and will be taken to the hotel where you will be staying with your family. The first day can be spent unpacking and studying some local maps and guidebooks on Panama City.

Day 2 and Day 3: The next two days will be spent in exploring the Chiriqui Highlands. The rainforests are beautiful and full of amazing wildlife. It is advisable to take rainwear and umbrella with you in case it rains. You will also see majestic volcanic peaks and coffee plantations.

In the famous Esti River  you will be able to enjoy activities like kayaking and white water rafting. The wild surroundings along with steep descents and challenging routes will be remembered for a long time to come.

The Zipline Canopy Tour in Panama’s cloud forest is another interesting activity. Traveling through 13 canopy platforms you will arrive in La Amistad International Park which is famous for its immense diversity of flora and fauna. The park is maintained by Costa Rica and Panama authorities and is an attraction for thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Day 4 and Day 5: Will be spent in Bocas Del Toro Archipelago. This region is composed of seven islands which offer a range of exciting activities including snorkeling and wildlife exploration. The sunny islands are a great place for relaxation with your family or spouse. You will also see amazing coral reefs and enjoy beautiful rain forests and beaches. The Bocas del Drago and Bluff Beach attract thousands of surfers each year.

Also included in the travel plan is an unforgettable hike in the Bastimentos National Marine Park. You will see sea turtles, jaguars, sloths, and other animals while exploring the region and snorkeling.

Day 6: You will see the great Panama Canal

Day 7 and Day 8: Will be spent exploring the surroundings. The adventure will be composed of seeing the massive engineering project in its entire vastness along with the daily activities of ships that pass through the panama canal. This is going to be a lifetime experience for the whole family.

Particularly important are the Miraflores Locks, the Embera Tribe and the Gutan Lake. Miraflores is the name given to one of the locks of the Panama Canal that lift vessels in three stages. These locks transport vessels from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back to the Atlantic.

Tour of the Embera Tribe (Panama Indians) is going to be totally enjoyable. Here you will get plenty of chances to take photographs of the local people and see how they live. You will also discover their ways of dancing and their interesting culture. You will be received with drum music played by the locals.

The kids will particularly enjoy a tour of the Gutan Lake. You will get a chance to see the enormous vessels moving close by. Animals like iguanas, crocodiles and peacocks will also be seen in this area. Be prepared to take amazing photos to take back home.

Day 9: you will return to your home city. This trip Panama Canal is definitely going to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable trips of your life.

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Vacation In Egypt

Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime family vacation, take a look at Egypt. How often do you get to present your children with one of the Seven Wonders of the World? The Pyramids are a sight they will never forget.

An Egyptian vacation would be an inspiring adventure that will trigger an interest in world history and archeology. The educational opportunities are limitless.

The Sphinx and Pyramids at Gizah, near Cairo Egypt

The Sphinx and Pyramids at Gizah, near Cairo Egypt

A typical vacation in Egypt for ten days may include:

*Days 1 and 2: After arriving in Cairo, you can unpack and rest from your traveling in your hotel. Take a little time to explore the city. The next day, you may want to see the Egyptian Museum, where you will find an astounding collection of Egyptian antiquities. Don’t miss the treasures from King Tut’s tomb! Being able to see several royal mummies and over 120,000 other objects will wet your appetite for the Pyramids.

*Days 3 and 4: Ah, the wonder that is Giza! Hop on a camel and ride past the Great Pyramid. Spin your own theories on how more than 2.5 million limestone blocks weighing 2.6 tons each were moved and put into place. Marvel at the 500 foot high creation, only one of three in Giza. You’ll be able to see the Sphinx, Khan al Khalili Bazaar as well as Memphis and Sakkara.

*Days 5 and 6: Take a break from the past for a couple of days and enjoy Sharm El Sheikh. Surrounded by desert, the family-friendly resorts here offer white sand beaches and enough water activities to make this spot a traveler’s oasis! Enjoy some shopping and dining along the waterfront. Climb up Mount Sinai if you can tear yourself away from the beach so you can see the view from this historic landmark.

*Days 7 and 8: Tour the glory that is Luxor. See some of the amazingly preserved temples in the town formerly known as Thebes. You’ll never forget your visit to Karnak. This is the largest temple in the country, and sits on 247 acres. Enjoy one of the world’s most fabulous open-air museums. Don’t miss the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Ride on an ancient sailboat known as a Felucca to get to the Mosque of Muhammed Ali. One of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, it was built in 1848 on top of a Citadel.

*Day 9: Spend your afternoon following your interests and cap it off with a dinner cruise on the famous River Nile.

*Day 10: Leave for home, full of memories.

Traveling tips for Egypt:

1. Make sure your passports and visas are current.

2. Get up to date on any vaccinations you may need for international travel.

3. Bring plenty of extra water with you for tours.

4. Don’t forget the insect repellent.

5. Bring hats and light-colored clothing for the entire family.

6. Many tour guides may suggest you visit shops selling gold and alabaster. Do most of your shopping in Luxor or Cairo, as you may find better bargains there. Many guides are paid a commission to send traffic to the shops they recommend.

7. If you want to buy everyone in the family their own cartouche, shop around. Gold prices are very high. Cartouche jewelry is very popular with tourists, as they engrave your name using Egyptian hieroglyphics.

To prepare for your trip, you may want to get a copy of “Mummies & Pyramids (Magic Tree House Research Guide)” to read. There are more than fifty tombs that have been discovered in Giza, with more being opened and excavated every day.

Be sure and sign up for the light and sound show presented at the Sphinx. You may also want to seek out a shop in Giza to buy papyrus, which is the parchment paper used by the ancient Egyptians. You can find them with images of King Tut and other famous historical Egyptian figures. Framed and hung on the wall, they can make a great souvenir of your trip.

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