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 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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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 4.51 out of 5 based on 96 reviews in the last year.
I enjoyed a lot but I have to say that I can't recommend the hotel centroamericano in Panama city. The last day, while I was waiting for taxi driver to the airport in the robby, it happened. one guy came in the hotel, and he went to the restaurant right away-I didn't care so much. but as soon as he is out from the restaurant, he started to talk to me. He spoke Spanish..a bit English? but I realized that he needed money as soon as possible. He constantly keep talking like in a hurry. I was so scared.. I was at a loss for the answer...and just said "No entiendo" in Spanish. And fortunately, maybe tourist(man) came to the robby from upstairs so the guy started to talk to him as well. He said, "I don't trust you but I will help you" so that he passed the guy some coin. anyways, the guy left soon... and any stuff in the hotel didn't support... I don't want intrepid recommend this hotel.. and also my shower was hot but most of my friends shower were always cold and the place is nothing around. Have to catch a cab anywhere.
Review submitted 27 Jul 2017
Just the right amount of adventure, local culture and comfort all in one exciting package. No worries. Pure Vida!
Review submitted 19 Jul 2017