USA ~ Panama ~ South Africa

Panama 

The southernmost country of Central America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Panama few know about: sandy-beached islands on both coasts, steamy jungle rainforest cut by pristine waterfalls, and cool, misty mountain valleys spread with coffee plantations and framed by volcanoes. The narrowest point of a land bridge between North and South America, Panama shares the biodiversity of both,

  

1. The Pearl Islands a group of 200 or more islands and islets (many tiny and uninhabited) lying about 30 miles off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. The most notable island is Contadora Island. Contadora was said to be used by the Spanish conquistadors as a stop for taking inventory of booty prior to returning to Spain, hence the name (contador means counter or bookkeeper in Spanish). The Perlas Island is an exciting destination combining adventure, and magical secluded beaches.


2. Isla Cebaco and Punta Nariño ‘The Lost Coast’ is well known for its sport fishing Scuba diving and whale watching. The island has much wildlife within its forest and some large private properties that have teak plantations. Besides from the fishing Cebaco offers great surfing on the southern coast. 


3. Coiba Island is also one of the last places in Central America where the scarlet macaw can be found in large numbers in the wild. The island is about 75% forested with a large fraction standing ancient forest. Coiba Island is home to rare flora and fauna found only on the island. The island also harbors tree species that have long disappeared from the mainland due to deforestation and overharvesting. The island was declared a national park in 1992 and in July 2005 UNESCO declared the entire Coiba National Park a "World Heritage Site". It also home to some of the best diving in the world.


4. Azuero Peninsula and the 'Tuna Coast' is a the large peninsula in southern Panama. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean in the south; the Pacific and Gulf of Montijo to the west, and by the Gulf of Panama in the east. A world class surfing and fishing destination. 


5. The Darién Gap is a break in the Pan-American Highway consisting of a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest within Panama's Darién Province and the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department in South America. The gap begins in Yaviza, Panama and ends in Turbo, Colombia, and is 106 km (66 miles) long. The Darién Gap is home to the Embera-Wounaan and Kuna (and the former home of the Cueva people before their extermination in the 1th century). Travel is often by dugout canoe (piragua). 


At Sea

The Mama Nido is a US Flagged ship based in Panama City on the west coast of Panama. She is a comfortable and well equipped 88 foot expedition ship with all the amenities to be comfortable. From this platform we can explore anywhere in the world guaranteeing an adventure of a lifetime.


South Africa 

A country known for its biodiversity and wildlife which makes this an incredible conservation and adventure destination. This raw natural gem is the home to over 230 mammal species including the famous big five and various interesting predators. Here you will experience the phenomenal sounds of the birds only to be heard in South Africa and insects like no place else on earth. These unique creatures are found in their natural habitats where you can study their behavior in the wild without the wired fence of a zoo. The combination of the beauty of the landscape and wildlife makes South Africa a truly inspiring and exciting country to explore. Leadership Courses will be offered in 2019. making for a world-class destination like few others in the world. 

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