Travel through the tropical paradise of Costa Rica and Panama
Adventure-lovers rejoice! Here is a trip that delivers pure beach bliss, idyllic islands, curious creatures and small towns packed with charm. First travel to Costa Rica to uncover cultural gems in San Jose and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, then journey on to Panama for an intoxicating mixture of relaxation and adventure. Costa Rica and Panama are the very essence of Central American coastal beauty and this tour certainly catches them at their best.
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Who hasn't dreamt of snorkelling, sun-baking and cocktail-sipping in the Caribbean? Enjoy plenty of time to do just this in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, as well as seeing sloths, racoons and monkeys in nearby Cahulta National Park
Dial the relaxation up a notch in Bocas del Toro, Panama, spending several nights on nearby Isla Bastimentos. There may be no roads or cars here, but there are plenty of mangroves, turtles and white sandy beaches
Waterfalls, wildflowers, hot springs and mountains - beautiful Boquete has it all. Tour a coffee plantation, ride a bike along a river or take a relaxing walk through the forest, keeping an eye out for tricksy monkeys and tropical birds
Get off the beaten track and ride the waves in surfy Santa Catalina. If you'd prefer to stay dry, there's a beachside hammock with your name on it
Explore the eclectic streets of Panama City and admire the engineering masterpiece of the Panama Canal
This trip involves some travel by local transport, which can be basic and challenging, but is also a fantastic way to rub shoulders with the locals and get under the skin of a place.
While the border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama is usually straightforward, sometimes it can take a while, so please prepare to be patient. You're on Central American time now!
The Costa Rican and Panamanian climate is sultry and tropical, so it can get really hot and humid. Wear loose clothing and make sure stay hydrated, especially while out on walking tours.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip, however it excludes nights 10 & 11 (Santa Catalina) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Costa Rica & Panama Discovery trips score an average of 4.52 out of 5 based on 100 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid offers a wealth of variety in its trips! Be prepared to throw yourself into every aspect of a different culture and give everything a go!
Review submitted 18 Aug 2017
Excellent trip with many beautiful locations giving the opportunity for jungles treks, waterfalls, cloud forests, snorkelling & diving in UNESCO world heritage sites. Some great surf spots too! We were all up for fun & adventure and that's what we got! We saw monkeys, sloths, snakes, iguanas, exotic birds & fish, dolphins, turtles, manta rays and even a humpback whale. If you love nature and want to learn about biodiversity you'll love this trip. I'm a culture vulture so what this trip lacked in, I made up for in Panama City's fascinating Caso Viejo at the end of the tour. I wouldn't waste any time in San Jose, so spent a few days in Manuel Antonio before joining the tour so that I could see more of Costa Rica. If you want to see the Panama Canal it's an expensive day trip so allow extra time and money for this, there are other day trips from Panama City which seemed worth doing. Some travel days were long and I felt that time could have been utilised more effectively to incorporate more interesting stop offs or activities en route i.e. the national park north of San Jose on the way to Puerto Viejo, as we were left with little time but to drink and eat when we arrived at our destinations. We had a great tour leader Edson, who got on well with everyone and was really supportive and helpful as well as being lots of fun. Have an open & considerate mind about group travel, different people & age groups with different expectations, may not suit everyone but well worth it for great memories I'll keep for ever!
Review submitted 09 Aug 2017