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.
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.
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip, except on Days 10 & 11 in Santa Catalina where you will be in shared accommodation. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
Our Costa Rica & Panama Discovery trips score an average of 4.48 out of 5 based on 138 reviews in the last year.
This was my first trip with Intrepid. I have travelled all continents except antartica and Aftrica. I simply had no time to plan, so used Intrepid. I loved the fact that the hotels and transport were done for me, and thouroughly enjoyed the other members of the multiage group. The others had travelled many times with Intrepid and told us our difficulties were with the guide and to not let us be tainted. We would travel again!
Review submitted 15 Mar 2018
With our fantastic guide, Pablo, and an amazing group, this trip was the perfect mix of chillout time and activities. The travel time wasn't too bad between cities. The accommodations were clean and comfy (but basic). Bring and use plenty of sunscreen. Definitely do the snorkling trips - especially in Santa Catalina. It was a great introduction to Panama, which is really different from a lot of Central America.
Review submitted 08 Mar 2018