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San Jose to Panama Overview
Discover the verdant national parks, cool mountain towns and supreme beaches of Costa Rica and Panama that passes through La Fortunate, Monteverde and Boquete.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Journey from San Jose to spectacular Panama City
Squeezed in between the pounding swells of the Pacific and the crystal hues of the Caribbean, dotted with live volcanos and gifted with generous swathes of lush jungle, Costa Rica and Panama often feel like the lands that time forgot. Thanks to some green-minded conservation decisions on the part of progressive governments, this delightful slither of Central America will enchant and enthrall nature boffins and adventure enthusiasts alike. From the smouldering crater of Arenal Volcano to the tranquil beach town of Golfito, the mist-shrouded foliage of the Monteverde cloudforest to the steaming jungle of Manuel Antonio National Park and the contrasting sides of Panama City, this is one journey sure to bestow impressions not easily relinquished.
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With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere.
Sitting in the shadow of Costa Rica's majestic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna offers steaming hot springs and endless outdoor activities.
Monteverde's Cloud Forest Reserve is a true nature lover's paradise. Lush, green and teeming with colourful butterflies, unique plants and exotic creatures.
Boasting abundant wildlife, turquoise water and white-sand beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park is a beautiful place to explore by land or sea.
Set in the heart of Costa Rica's fertile Central Valley, San Jose buzzes with colour, culture and the spirit of its friendly residents.
Hit the road southbound to the lush mountain haven of San Gerardo de Dota. Head out on a quetzal-spotting tour with a local guide and perhaps cast a late afternoon line into the Savegre River – the cleanest river in a country renowned for them.
Spend two leisurely days getting back to basics in a rainforest lodge in the Refugio Nacional Golfito on the south Pacific Coast. Keep eyes peeled on a mangrove kayaking tour that could reveal monkeys, iguanas or dolphins, then maybe stretch out those tired limbs during an optional yoga class.
Cross the border into Panama and bliss out in the picturesque mountain village of Boquete. A region awash with tunning wildflower blooms, pristine river ways and some spectacular hiking trails, choose between trekking, zip-lining or whitewater rafting expeditions to take in nature's greatest flaunts.
Travel to Panama City, one of Latin America's most contrasting and intriguing capitals. Gather your bearings on a guided orientation tour that takes in the famous Panama Canal, then splash out on a memorable final dinner with the group before this superb Central America adventure draws to a close.
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