San Jose to Panama Itinerary

Discover the verdant national parks, cool mountain towns and supreme beaches of Costa Rica and Panama that passes through La Fortunate, Monteverde and Boquete.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,350
      CAD $3,455
      AUD $3,390
      EUR €2,100
      GBP £1,960
      NZD $3,775
      ZAR R33,935
      CHF FR2,545
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Day 1 San Jose

Get accustomed to Costa Rican time on a leisurely walk through San Jose or perhaps visit the lively San Pedro area.
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Days 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Head to La Fortuna and the beautiful surrounds of Lake Arenal, where big winds sweeping in from the Caribbean make the lake a windsurfer's delight. Why not visit the active Arenal Volcano - the sight of this magnificent beast lighting up the night sky is truly breathtaking.
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Days 4-5 Monteverde

Ecologists have suggested that the steamy Monteverde cloud forest was actually once two different ecosystems, straddling each side of the Continental Divide. As a result, the area boasts several unique species of flora and fauna. Explore the emerald-green cloud forest by foot to admire the wide array of wildlife and to learn how this incredible ecological curiosity came to be.
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Days 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park

Discover the soft sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and turquoise waters in Manuel Antonio National Park. Hike along the trails to spot some of the abundant wildlife - be on the lookout for armadillos, sloths and colourful birds. Impossible to resist, the warm waters offer great swimming, kayaking or surfing. While Manuel Antonio itself is a laidback kind of town, its nightlife is famously fiery - so kick up those heels and get a taste for Costa Rican revelry.
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Day 8 San Jose

Lively, modern and always on the move, San Jose makes for an intoxicating introduction to Latin America. Catch this capital's infectious vibe, wander its bustling streets and plazas, or take to the surrounding hillsides to experience nature at her finest.
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Days 9-10 San Gerardo de Dota

Scan the lush forest foliage for Costa Rica's much-celebrated birdlife; toucans, kingfishers and the resplendent quetzal all nest in the woods of San Gerardo de Dota. Why not finish the day with some fly fishing from the banks of the Savegre River.
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Days 11-12 Golfito

Drive on to the small coastal town of Golfito. Spend the days scouring Refugio Nacional Golfito for its unique flora and fauna or embarking on any number of adventure activities, before bedding down to the nocturnal stirrings of the surrounding forest.
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Days 13-14 Boquete

Cross into the pristine natural beauty of Panama's rolling highlands. In addition to offering some spectacular hiking trails and river rafting opportunities, the region if famous for its coffee. Nestling back with a steaming pot and good book can be an equally pleasant way to lounge away the day.
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Day 15 El Valle de Anton

Set in the crater of a (thankfully) now-extinct volcano, the town of Valle de Antón makes for a delightful overnight stopover en route to Panama City. Hiking trails snake the lushly forested mountainsides, natural hot springs offer opportunities for a relaxing soak and folky craft markets pop up come weekend.
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Days 16-17 Panama City

Brash and glitzy one minute, subdued and simple the next, Panama City is an intriguing capital of extremes. Get your bearings on a guided orientation tour and take in Panama Canal, one of humankind's most astounding engineering accomplishments. Fine dining options abound, so why not rally the group for a memorable final dinner.
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