Thank you so much for your hospitality!! Every thing you offered sounds wonderful!!
I am certainly interested in going to Panama but as it looks at the moment I could not got before the Spring of 2013.
To cross the Panama Canal has been one of my dreams!
Patricia, we need to talk some more about logistics and how much this could cost.
I am sure most of us are on a budget. As I told you Patricia, we get really good deals here from Canada and I did find the prices for the tours you quoted to be quite high. I am sure there must be a cheaper way of doing this. I am an ex travel agent and I could look into it if I know exactly where and when we are planning on going.
Hi Helene, if you can come up with any suggestions/ideas, great!!! For me though, I would be going in the winter - late January or early February at latest (either Panama or Playa del Carmen). That is the problem with trying to get a group together - everyone has time available at different times. And, of course, it is different doing your own planning vs. a group tour. I haven't decided which I would do for myself. But, maybe you would like to plan your own trip (for yourself and whoever would be interested) in the Spring when you could go and start a Panama thread here. I have started looking a little bit at places to stay on my own in Panama onwww.vrbo.com which are usually apts. or condos that would have a small kitchen. These do seem to be more expensive than comparable places in Mexico. I haven't started looking at inexpensive hotels yet. When I go somewhere, I usually go for a couple weeks at minimum, and so like to have at least a refrigerator and microwave to save on eating out every meal. I'm also curious as to what a partial day cruise on the Panama Canal would cost (as that may be why the package tour price is a little higher since that is included). I also am still considering Playa del Carmen as there is a hotel room with kitchenette available about 5 blocks from beach the later part of January for $50 a night which is a good price down there. I asked if there were any more rooms available, but the manager only had one more and she is getting many requests for reservations now. The best inexpensive hotels in Mexican resort areas tend to book a year in advance. Anyhow, it would be fun to meet up with Mari!