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.

San Jose, Costa Rica
Panama City, Panama
Costa Rica,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
161kg pp per trip


  • Mix with bubbly locals in San Jose
  • Enjoy beachside fun in Bocas del Toro
  • Splash about in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea
  • Soak up Santa Catalina's surf vibe
  • Explore the eclectic streets of Panama City
  • Dial the relaxation up a notch in Boquete
  • Chill out in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca


Become acquainted with San Jose's modern buzz walking through its busy urban streets and vibrant markets. Perhaps visit the museum in spare time pick a plaza bench and get chatting with the locals.
Hop aboard a local bus to the mellow coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. With plenty of leisure time here, why not head out on a wildlife-spotting excursion to Cahuita National Park or sign up for some surfing lessons.
Drive on into Panama and catch a ferry out to the tropical archipelago of Bocas del Toro. With azure blue waters, pristine coral reefs and a rollicking nightlife, it's easy to see why these islands are a favourite haunt for so many of our travellers.
Soak up the tranquil mountains scenery and crisp mountain air of Boquete, a small town by the Caldera river in the Panamanian highlands. Head out to a local coffee plantation for an insight into coffee production or get active hiking up Baru Volcano or along the Quetzal's Path.
Travel on to the remote fishing village of Santa Catalina. Choose to spend your time here surfing, fishing or snorkelling, or simply chill out by the beach.
Arrive in Panama City, Central America's glitziest capital. Get a taste of old Panama on a wander through the crumbling architecture of historical Casco Viejo, join an optional tour of the Panama Canal or explore the plentiful dining and drinking hotspots. As this memorable adventure comes to a close, perhaps mark the occasion with a night on the tiles at a samba club.
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Boat, Bus, Taxi
Hotel (12 nights)


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A Single Supplement is available on this trip, except on Days 10-11 in Santa Catalina.

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Costa Rica & Panama Discovery , September 2015

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery , September 2015