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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 19 February 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 20 February 2019 - 31 December 2019
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. Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; make sure you fly into/out of Juan Santamaría International Airport [SJO]. Please do NOT book flights to/from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.
4. 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.
2019 CHANGES: From 1 January 2019 the starting day of this trip will change as well as a minor itinerary change. To adjust the combination trips slightly, this trip will now depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These changes come as a result of our traveller’s feedback that they prefer more time at a beach destination over an inland destination. We have replaced 1 night in Boquete with an extra night in Bocas del Toro. 2019 departures are not guaranteed for this reason as yet.
Our Costa Rica & Panama Discovery trips score an average of 4.49 out of 5 based on 175 reviews in the last year.
This tour offers a mix of jungle adventures with chilled beaches, lots of food options to try, and bars and clubs if so plenty of options to choose from! There is so much wildife to see, saw dolphins, sloths, macaws, insects, humpback whales, caiman and many more.
Review submitted 22 Sep 2018
This trip was great, I didn't do much research so didn't quite no what to expect and was blown away by the beauty of Costa Rica and Panama. There's so much to see and such variation in landscape, you'll never be bored. All the optional activities on this trip really make it, so factor those in to your budget!
Review submitted 13 Sep 2018