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Panama and Costa Rica Expedition Cruise

Mary, Mom and two-year-old Matthew, enjoy a unique small ship expedition of Central America's Panama and Costa Rica.

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Mary Curry
Mom had offered to take Matthew on this day so that I could go whitewater rafting. Her transfer would arrive after lunch and we would meet back in San Jose at the same time. I woke extra early to …
A Capucin Monkey
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Mary Curry
Our room at Selva Bananito has a lovely verandah with two hammocks overlooking the rainforest. The room has a high ceiling, wooden walls, and a tile floor. After the twin beds on the cruise, the …
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Mary Curry
We disembarked in Herradura on the Pacific side of Costa Rica near Jaco. We traveled by bus across the mountains to San Jose in the Central Valley. There we transferred immediately to a van for our …
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Mary Curry
We arrived at the beach of Manuel Antonio National Park and walked through the park to the small town. We had signed up for the optional "Rainmaker Canopy Tour" so a bus picked us up in …
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Mary Curry
We started with a rainforest hike near Corcovado National Park. The group moved slowly with frequent stops. Matthew eventually became restless so I branched away from the group to take him back to …
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Mary Curry
This morning we took a short rainforest hike. I spent most of the time pacing ahead of the group to try to get Matthew to sleep in the backpack so that he wouldn't make any noise and disturb the …
New friends in Panama
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Mary Curry
This morning we arrived at Granita de Oro, a small island near Coiba Island, off the coast of Panama. The island took ~ 20 minutes to circle via kayak and was the perfect picture of a deserted …
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Mary Curry
Number the positive comments that I have heard about Matthew in the dozens now. We had a wonderful morning visit to the Embera people of the Darien Jungle (located in southern Panama, near the …
Our little ambassador- I called him the Pied Piper
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Mary Curry
We woke early for a plentiful selection of breakfast options and then boarded buses to the Ish fees. We started our journey on the southern side of the canal in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The …
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Mary Curry
We woke at leisure and enjoyed our complimentary breakfast of eggs, fruit, toast, and cereal. I left the door to our room ajar and plugged in a baby monitor. Halfway through breakfast, Matthew …
Cultural and wildlife encounters in Panama
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Mary Curry
After a restless overnight at a Seattle airport hotel, we were up at 3am to begin the hurry and wait of modern air travel. Just a few years back, I traveled around the world for a year with one …

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