Here are 3 exciting and educational Christmas destinations for those who are seeking something out of the ordinary and different from the usual Christmas celebration.
Galapagos for Christmas
It’s not too late for this Christmas to be the most unusual and exciting Christmas of a lifetime. Visit the Galapagos on the deck of the cruise ship with 36 passengers, Naturalist guides, most interesting and activity filled itineraries of all the trips you could want for Christmas. Spent a few hours a day on land with the famous animals of the Galapagos Islands, viewing Tortoises and Komodo Dragons along with the amazing Fauna and Flora. Water sports and meals that will keep you satisfied and happy this entire Christmas season.
Flights from the US to Ecuador and then on to the Galapagos with luggage restrictions of one checked 44 lb suitcase per person and one only carry-on bag. The Galapagos are located near the equator so be sure to bring summer clothing. A hot day and interesting animals for Christmas, with a price tag of about $4,149.00 per person however, flight prices to get to Ecuador will vary depending on time you book and time of departure and return.
Santa Catalina for Christmas
Located in Panama travelers have to first fly to Santiago, Veraguas and Santa Catalina is located just 3 and a half hours away. Be aware that part of this leg of your travels will be along dirt roads. However, the trip is well worth it if the plan is to enjoy a Christmas Holiday of the unusual kind. Travelers should be sure and rent a 4X4 for the ground travel leg of this trip.
If travelers choose to say in Santiago the cost of a hotel can range from $30.00 to $50.00 for room with three beds and for his price the air conditioning is included. Meals are reasonably cheap and travelers can eat typical breakfast for the Santiago area, which consists of meat and fried bread, accompanied by Coke or other drink.
Once at Santa Catalina the hotel located in this quaint town usually advertises itself as a surfer’s camp. With 8 or 9 cabins the cost is just $10.00 a night per person. Meals can be purchased for approximately $4.00 a meal and include seafood and local fare.
Christmas is celebrated for an entire week in Santa Catalina with feasting and parades every day. Activities are free of charge and feasting is rated as some of the freshest and most flavorful foods in the area. A religious celebration that keeps the streets of Santa Catalina alive till late in the night and beginning early in the morning every day of the week.
Isla Coiba Island Prison for Christmas
An island located off the coast Sana Catalina on the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. Reported to be haunted this island is a great Christmas spot for the adventurer. The need to rent a boat with captain, along the slips in Santa Catalina will take travelers to the shores of the Gulf of Chiriqui and then a wonderful cross water trip to the Island of Coiba. Once tat the Island visiting the Coiba National Park where the prison calls home will be a days adventure. For those who have a larger Christmas adventure in mind then speaking with the local caretakers will give them a change to spend the night in this Haunted area of Panama. Campers/visitors who wish to spend the night must have a guide and agreement to stay with those who are in residence. Isla Coiba can be a dangerous place with the prison closed and in disrepair and the staff underfunded there is now problems with poachers preying on the wildlife so this Christmas Holiday location is for those who are experienced, careful, well trained, travelers. However, a day trip to the Penal Island is a great adventure for any traveler to the area and no immanent danger when day travelers follow the rules and use the guides that are required.
Flights to all of these destinations for an off the beaten path Christmas Holiday can be booked at www.priceline.com or www.travelocity.com. Price ranges of flights are from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 depending on seating chosen and time of flights, number of stops, etc.