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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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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 4.52 out of 5 based on 112 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid were the only providers who offered a long and complete tour of Central America. I completed Mexican Heartland and continued with Ultimate Central America. I was a bit worried at first regarding traveling for a long time (73 days) but I had five different guides and only shared the tours with other clients for a maximum of four weeks at the most as people started and ended their tour at different times during the trip. I was the only constant.
Review submitted 07 Nov 2017
Intrepid intinerary was very well planned and offered good value. We saw wide range of environments and cultural experiences.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2017