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Tropical Edens | 10 Nights | Departs Mar 8, 2015

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Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

Ports:

Mar, 8

-Miami, Florida

Mar, 9

-Cruise the Atlantic Ocean

Mar, 10

-Costa Maya, Mexico

Mar, 11

-Roatán, Honduras

Mar, 12

-Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

Mar, 13

-Belize City, Belize

Mar, 14

-Cozumel, Mexico

Mar, 15

-George Town, Cayman Islands

Mar, 16

-Cruise the Florida Straits

Mar, 17

-Key West, Florida

Mar, 18

-Miami, Florida

Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala-port

One of two major Guatemalan ports on the Gulf coast, Santo Tomás de Castilla is a few kilometers south of Puerto Barrios on Santo Tomás Bay. It is Guatemala’s largest and most efficient port on the Caribbean Ocean. It was formerly known as Matías de Galvez, and now handles 77% of the country's exports and half the imports, as well as 20% of El Salvador's imports and 10% of its exports. It is a wonderful place to get an authentic taste of local Guatemalan culture.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Las Escobas Springs Adventure
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Visit to Q’eqchi Indigenous River Community
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Countryside and Rio Dulce By Land
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Quirigua Archaeological National Park
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Eco-Hike At Hacienda Tijax
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Route of the Mayas: Tikal By Air in Depth
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Las Escobas Springs Adventure

    Moderate Activity/Walking
    Duration: 3 1/4 hours
    Tour Code: stc-001
    Price:

    Free

    Explore the pristine natural beauty of the Cerro San Gil rainforest and the lifestyle of its local residents during this memorable journey to Las Escobas Springs.

    Depart the pier aboard a local boat for the brief ride along the Santo Tomas Bay to the Green Bay Hotel. En route, you will take in spectacular views of the bay, and your guide will inform you about Guatemala and your surrounding habitat. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will disembark the boat at the hotel, then board your awaiting transport for the brief drive to the Las Escobas Springs Reserve.

    Las Escobas is one of the two main rivers flowing from the Cerro San Gil, a 117,000-acre protected rainforest surrounded by mountains. The subject of intense study by renowned biologists, scientists, naturalists and ecologists, this thriving ecosystem is home to more than 400 bird species, as well as an abundance of reptiles, amphibious mammals and insects endemic to the region.

    Upon arrival at the Las Escobas Springs Reserve, you will be welcomed by one of the reserve hostesses, then participate in a special educational program funded by FUNDAECO, a nature-preservation NGO that teaches students basic English language skills and incoming tourism services. During the program's 1.5-hour hike, several stops will be made for more detailed explanations and optional bathing in one of the puddles.

    Following your hike, you will proceed to the community of Las Escobas, located just five minutes from the Las Escobas Springs Natural Reserve. Here, you will have an opportunity to interact with the local people, experience their daily lives and participate in a tortilla-making demonstration.

    Afterward, you will be transferred back to the Green Bay Hotel for a brief stop with some time to relax with a complimentary drink. For an additional fee, you may choose to stay in the hotel for as long as you wish. Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves a leisurely walk of approximately 1 mile over uneven ground, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Guests wishing to swim should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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