Nicaragua to Panama Itinerary

Explore the charming colonial towns of Nicaragua, bask on Costa Rica's stunning beaches and roll through Panama's lush highlands on this grand Central American adventure.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $5,035
      CAD $5,110
      AUD $5,305
      EUR €3,585
      GBP £3,170
      NZD $6,275
      ZAR R48,280
      CHF FR4,415
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Colourful Grenada

Omotepe, Nicaragua

Days 1-3 Granada

Reputedly the oldest city of the 'New World', Granada exudes a quaint and cosy old world charm. Get to know this enchanting town perusing the goods on offer at the Masaya market, admiring the imposing cathedrals or taking the evening air on a leisurely stroll through its cobblestone laneways.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 4-5 Ometepe Island

Jump aboard a ferry and cruise out to hour-glass shaped Omotepe Island, trying to catch a sight of the world's only freshwater shark along the way. Decide whether you'd prefer to tackle Concepcion or Maderas volcanos, hire a scooter and explore the island off your own bat or pick a lakeside perch and watch the fishermen haul in the daily catch.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 6 Rincon de la Vieja

Cross the Costa Rican border into the town of Rincon de la Vieja. An isolated region of stark volcanic peaks, bubbling mud pools and glorious blue waterfalls, you'll half expect to spy a dinosaur roaming through its pristine landscape.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 7-8 San Jose

Travel on to San Jose, Costa Rica's gritty but charismatic capital. Familiarise yourself with the city during the day on a guided orientation walk, or if you haven't yet quite got your fill of volcanos, sign up for an optional day tour out to Irazu Volcano and the Ososi Valley.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 9-10 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Head back across Costa Rica's unspoilt countryside to the nature and adventure enthusiast's haven of La Fortuna. Get active hiking out to the La Fortuna waterfall or whitewater rafting down the region's rapids, then be treated to an evening soak in the area's natural thermal springs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 11-12 Monteverde

Continue further on into the Costa Rican highlands to the small town of Monteverde. Lush, pristine and teeming with more than 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals, see what you (or your local guide) can spy on a walking tour through the Monteverde National Park.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Manuel Antonio National Park

Log up some long, lazy beach hours on the sands of Manuel Antonio National Park or get active hitting the ocean by surfboard or kayak. Then keep on the look out for sloths, monkeys and armadillos on a walk through the park's myriad nature trails.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 15-16 San Jose

Return to San Jose for a mosey through the stalls of the Mercado Central or a good gawk at the shimmering artworks on display in the Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismatica.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 17-18 San Gerardo de Dota

Venture into the forested woodlands of San Gerardo de Dota, a haven for birding, hiking and fishing enthusiasts. Set out on a bird-spotting tour in search of egrets, toucans, kingfishers and the resplendent quetzal or try your luck with a spot of fly fishing from the banks of the Savegre River.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Days 19-20 Golfito

Arrive in the small coastal town of Golfito on the Caribbean coast. Spend the days exploring the surrounding rainforest by foot or embarking on mangrove kayaking outings from our eco-lodge base.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Days 21-22 Boquete

Drive across the border into neighbouring Panama. Known as much for its high grade coffee as its picturesque natural scenery, Boquete is the perfect place to while away the hours in a cosy cafe or set out on any number of spectacular hiking trails.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 23-25 Panama City

Get comfy for a long drive on to Panama's bold and bodacious capital city. See a different side to the city on a guided orientation tour through the becomingly run-down UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo and learn about the extraordinary engineering efforts which gave birth to the world's most famous canal. With a rapidly growing economy and burgeoning middle class, Panama City has a plethora of excellent wining and dining establishments – why not ask your leader to suggest a restaurant for a memorable final group dinner.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2