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You can choose from any of our suggested itineraries by searching three (3) different ways:

  • Search by World Heritage Site
  • Search by Destination
  • Search by Travel Interest

or, you can create you own vacation to these properties:

You can create your own vacation (PLAN YOUR TRIP) straight from our home page, or revise our suggested itineraries (REVISE IT) when reviewing at the tour detail page.   Once you know what services you want (transportation between destinations, hotels, and tours), we will create an itinerary for you which you'll be able to view through an email confirmation.

Payment

You can pay for your vacation package online through FTS payment gateway using your credit or debit card, or by sending us a bank wire transfer. Once payment has been made we will confirm the service (in most cases within 24 hours) and issue a voucher which will be emailed to you.

Contact us

You can ask us anything about traveling to these beautiful properties or the services that we offer via email (click on “Contact” on our home page).

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Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage.

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The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has put together this list of properties, forming part of the World's cultural and natural heritage, for having outstanding universal value. As of 2012, 745 cultural, 188 natural, and 29 mixed properties, in 157 countries have been classified by this committee. While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the state wherein the site is located, UNESCO considers, in the interest of the international community, to preserve each site.

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At FTS, we promote travel to a total of seventeen (17) distinctive and highly visited World Heritage sites in the United States of America, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia. Just to mention a few of these unique properties, we have travel experiences to the Grand Canyon National Park (USA), Guanacaste Conservation Area (Costa Rica), Special Zone of Marine Protections at Coiba National Park (Panama), and Ports, fortresses and group of monuments, Cartagena (Colombia).

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Depending on the travel experience chosen, FTS can get you to visit several world heritage properties in a single trip. For example, if the traveler (s) chooses our packages to Neotropical Regions, check out BEST OF PANAMA or BEST OF COSTA RICA travel adventures and witness the TWIST.  FTS will take you to up to three (3) properties in two neighboring coutries.

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FTS has developed six (6) comprehensive travel experiences that include eight (7) properties throughout United States territories. This represents only one-third of all cultural and natural properties within US territory:

Yellowstone National Park; Grand Canyon National Park; Independence Hall; Yosemite National Park; The Statue of Liberty; Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park; Redwood National and State Parks; and Olympic National Park.

As new categories for World Heritage sites are promoted (such as the categories of cultural landscapes, itineraries, industrial heritage, deserts, coastal-marine and small-island sites), FTS will continue adding comprehensive travel experiences for the enjoyment of the discriminating traveler.

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Costa Rica is a middle-income, developing country with a strong democratic tradition. Tourist facilities are generally extensive and adequate. While English is a second language for many Costa Ricans in tourist areas, knowledge of Spanish is necessary for legal matters and in non-tourist areas. The country is divided into 7 provinces. San Jose is Costa Rica's capital city, and the central nervous system of the country, serving as both a destination unto itself, and as a convenient base of operations for visitors to its other spectacular locations and natural wonders, with average temperatures of around 70F. Day trips can easily be arranged to spectacular attractions, like the Arenal and Irazu volcanoes. San Jose has great accommodations to compliment any budget, and our customizable itineraries allow you to link it with the rest of Costa Rica's fabulous destinations. The Jaco Beach area enjoys a very active nightlife, a full range of accommodation options, and immensely popular with foreign tourists. It is nearly 2 miles long and the beaches to the north (Herradura) and the south (Hermosa) have some of the most stunningly beautiful panoramic views in all of Costa Rica. Guanacaste beaches located along Costa Rica's northwestern Pacific coastline, Guanacaste Province boasts 100 miles of exquisite beaches with accommodations ranging from full service resorts with golf, tennis and fitness clubs, to hideaway boutiques where lush gardens and the sound of the surf are the major attractions.

Currency: Colon. The U.S. dollar is accepted, but change is dispensed in "Colones".

Entry/Exit requirements:

  • VISA for the first 90 days
  • Roundtrip/outbound ticket
  • Passport: U.S. citizens traveling by air, road, or sea MUST present a valid passport that has a remaining validity of at least 90 days. You will be returned to your point of departure in the U.S. on the next flight with available seating if you carry invalid documentation. Complete information on how to obtain a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov or by calling 1-877-487-2778
  • When you leave Costa Rica, you will have to pay a departure tax of $28 USD.
  • Taking out a comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended.
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Traveling in Panama is like being in on a secret.

Panama City is a delightful combination of the historic and the modern, in one of Latin America's most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities, and for travelers wanting to escape to warm tropical shores, there is no hotter destination. Known to many a the home of the Panama Canal, this exhilarating is just a stone's throw from some of Central America's richest rain forests, and complex eco systems. Panama City has long been known as an international crossroads, given its position as one of the, if not, the Latin capital of international finance, which has helped to make it extremely welcoming towards visitors. There is the modern city with the huge skyscrapers housing many of financial institutions that make their home here, the Colonial-era "Casco Viejo" and "Panama Viejo" with the remnants of the original colonial city, the first in the Americas on the Pacific coast. Panama is a relatively small country, approximately the size of South Carolina (USA), which means that many of its most exciting attractions are within driving distance which makes Panama City the perfect base of operations for a wide variety of daytrips or as a hub for, multi-night stays in other great Panamanian destinations. With great tours of the Canal, the Old Cities, canopy adventures, trips to indigenous villages, excursions to some of Central Americas most beautiful and bio rich national parks. World class hotels, restaurants, shopping, and spectacular night life has made this a one of Latin America's most popular cities with international travelers for business and pleasure, and a city that regularly surpasses visitors expectations. Panama City can easily be linked with other exquisite beach, dive, cultural and eco destinations both in Panama, and throughout Latin America. Currency: U.S. dollar (U.S. coins are also accepted)

Entry/Exit requirements:

  • Visa is not required for a stay lesser than 180 days
  • Passport: U.S. citizens traveling by air, road, or sea MUST present a valid passport that has a remaining validity of at least 90 days. You will be returned to your point of departure in the U.S. on the next flight with available seating if you carry invalid documentation. Complete information on how to obtain a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov or by calling 1-877-487-2778
  • U.S. citizens entering Panama by commercial flight as tourists will be charged a $5 USD tourist fee and a $40 USD airport tax when they purchase their travel ticket.
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The Neotropic is one of the eight terrestrial ecozones dividing the Earth surface. This ecozone, first explored by Christopher Columbus back in 1492, includes South and Central America, the Mexican lowlands, the Caribbean islands, and southern Florida, because these regions share a large number of plant and animal groups, the Neotropic is delimited by similarities in fauna or flora.

The Neotropic includes Cloud forest, Rainforest, and Beaches.

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A Cloud Forest is a realm high in the mountains covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world's tallest outdoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres (6,500-feet) above sea level. Take in breathtaking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems that disappear into the clouds. Ascend to the mountaintop before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face, and appreciate the importance of key plants that feature strongly in our culture and heritage.

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FTS will take you on Tree Canopy Tours, zip lining, horseback riding, hiking/trekking, trams/sky walking, coffee tours and bird watching just to mention a few of the adventures our world heritage properties have to offer.

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Rainforests are dense jungles found in tropical areas of heavy rainfall. The trees are broad-leaved and evergreen, and the vegetation tends to grow in three layers (undergrowth, intermediate trees and shrubs, and very tall trees, which form a canopy). Most of the world's rainforests lie near the equator and have tropical climates. However, cooler rainforests exist in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. The rainforest has been described as the "lungs of our planet" because it continuously recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen, with a significant percentage of the world's atmospheric oxygen being produced in this region. Besides helping to regulate the world's climate, rainforests host an extraordinary diversity of life. Scientists believe that as many as half of the Earth's different species of plants and animals are found only in the rainforests.

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FTS will take you on boat rides, visits to native indigenous villages, hot springs, kayaking, rafting and lake fishing just to mention a few of the adventures our world heritage properties have to offer.

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FTS can schedule water sports activities, deep sea fishing, island snorkeling, scuba diving, Resort and Spa leisure just to mention a few of the adventures our world heritage properties have to offer.

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Of course! That’s what separates FTS from the others – you create your own special itinerary based on your style, desires, taste, and budget.  Once you are on the Tour detail page, click on REVISE IT, give us feedback on type of Accommodations, Activities, and Transportation, and an FTS Planner will revise the suggested itinerary to fit your requirements.

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Yes, we have! Each of our Travel Planners are natives of the regions/destinations offered. They’ve experienced the luxury, style, activities, food, service, and the overall experience. Tours and activities that pass our strict standards make the list.

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Yes, we can arrange specific itineraries that are designed with children – whether younger or older children. Need babysitting services while you go on a tour? Do you want private rooms for nannies, grandparents, or others traveling in your party? We can accommodate and recommend experiences for just about any family and budget.

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From the mild to the wild, you can find under PLAN YOUR TRIP, on our Home Page, all possible adventures that will leave you breathless. From white water rafting to zip lining in the Rainforest to a scuba dive with white tip sharks in a Marine Reserve – we have just what it takes to get the juices flowing to make your experience incredible and unforgettable.

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Our list of destination offerings is growing at a rapid rate and just because you don’t see it on our website, doesn’t mean we can’t get you there with the same standards and expectations as our other destinations. Sometimes an area is very specialized, so you might not see it on our website. Feel free to ask and we can design whatever your heart desires.

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We take responsibility for any misinformation and hold our service providers accountable for their shortcomings as well. We consider every incident on a case-by-case basis. Due to our established relationships with the service providers, we are often able to offer refunds, send another vehicle, upgrade rooms or do whatever is in our power to ensure that our customers are satisfied with their entire vacation experience. Of course, all travel has unpredicted setbacks; flights can be delayed, family members can get sick, and weather can prevent scheduled activities from occurring. In each of these cases, we will modify, refund or reschedule as soon as we are notified. In some cases it is impossible for us to issue a 100% refund, but over the last four years we have issued over $200,000 in refunds for booked services due to unforeseen family problems, flight cancellations, bad weather or modifications, with no provider penalty. We do not want to compound any frustrations you might experience by being rigid and unsympathetic toward your individual circumstances. However, we do run a business and are responsible for maintaining a working relationship with each of our providers, so we always pursue the fairest and most sustainable resolution for all parties involved. We strongly recommend our Guests to purchase travel insurance to cover all the basis.