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Best Adventure Trips 2008

by Sarah Tuff

Panama Party: Jungles and Caribbean Beaches

Costa Rica is so 2003. The truly caliente Central American escape is Panama, the new destination of choice for adventure junkies. One day, you can be hiking up a 12,000-foot volcano, spotting quetzal birds and three-toed sloths. The next, tumbling down Class IV rapids toward a hammock on the Caribbean Sea. On this nine-day trip from Panama City, Austin-Lehman guides take guests into the rainforest to zip-line over waterfalls, bike across craters, and soak in mud baths. Then you'll be snorkeling through the turquoise waters of Bocas del Toro and visiting the Panama Canal. At night, slumber in five swanky resorts, from the sophisticated Bristol Panama Hotel to private waterfront cabanas with handcrafted beds at Tranquilo Bay, an island hotel in Bocas. Back home, say to friends, "Costa where?"

Departures: April 19–27, July 12–20, October 11–19

Price: $2,998, including meals, lodging, adventure gear, and travel within Panama; originates in Panama City

Austin-Lehman Adventures
Tel: 800 575 1540 (toll-free)
Tel: 406 655 4591

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