Costa Rica to Panama - 14 days

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From San Jose to Panama City, travel to the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and the idyllic Caribbean Coast of Panama, through cloud forests, pristine national parks and tranquil islands. Experience rumbling volcanoes and bubbling hot springs, beautiful beaches, colourful markets, abundant wildlife and adventure galore!

Day 1: San Jose
Welcome to San Jose or Chepe as it’s called by Ticos! Upon arrival make your own way to our hotel. Spend the remains of the at leisure in Costa Rica's capital city, which is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms. Overnight - San Jose
Gorgeous white sandy beach at Manuel Antonio National Park on a Costa Rica tour.
Days 2 - 3: Manuel Antonio
San Jose - Manuel Antonio. We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to Manuel Antonio, where we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. It is also famous for its beaches - although almost deserted on weekdays, keep a sharp eye on your belongings, as the monkeys and raccoons are seasoned thieves! Overnight - Manuel Antonio
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A famous stone statue in lush Costa Rica - a must see on a Costa Rica tour.
Days 4 - 5: Monteverde
Manuel Antonio - Santa Elena. We travel via the old town of Quepos to Santa Elena, a small town established by American Quakers in the 1950's. From here we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the mysterious endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage. There are several paths to explore in this privately owned reserve, one of which takes you to the continental divide. On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen! We'll also stop at the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar. Santa Elena is famous for its ziplines, where you'll have the option to go flying over the cloud forest on a series of cables strung out between the giant trees. Overnight - Santa Elena
Famous Mount Arenal in Costa Rica - still active and often spewing. Come and see it on a Costa Rica
Days 6 - 7: La Fortuna
San Jose - La Fortuna. Our next journey takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest to Lake Arenal where we take a boat en route to La Fortuna. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and in the evening there is an exciting optional excursion to a site near the volcano to listen to its rumbles and sample the local alcoholic spirit which is almost as explosive as the volcano itself! On a clear night you'll be rewarded with incredible views of red hot lava discharging from the volcano crater. Then there's the option to indulge yourself with a relaxing dip in the hot springs.

There's plenty of free time to partake in a variety of exciting optional excursions; from caving or white water rafting, to canoeing, horse-riding or trekking in search of the local wildlife and beautiful waterfalls. Overnight - La Fortuna
Day 8: San Jose
L a Fortuna - San Jose. Today we travel back to San Jose and enjoy some free time in the capital. San Jose has a wealth of world class restaurants and a lively nightlife to keep us entertained! Overnight - San Jose
A pristine white sand beach and azure waters of Bocas del Toro in Panama
Days 9 - 10: Bocas del Toro
San Jose - Bocas del Toro. We bid farewell to Costa Rica on day 9 and travel across the border into Panama. Here we board a public boat to Bocas del Toro - a beautiful archipelago which consists of six densely forested islands, with pristine beaches and spectacular coral reefs which can compete with the Caribbeans finest islands and has a wonderful laid back vibe! Enjoy two blissful days at leisure enjoying the delights of the island. There are options for diving, snorkelling and kayaking expeditions, as well as bike rentals and boat trips to the nearby Mangrove Forest. Overnight - Bocas del Toro
The white sandy beach in Panama City - relax in the sun in the city on our Central America tours.
Days 11 - 12: Boquete
Bocas del Toro - Boquete. Leaving island life behind we return to the mainland and travel up into the highlands to the charming mountain village of Boquete, nestled on the eastern slopes of the Baru Volcano. Boquete is renowned for its cool climate and beautiful scenery. There are plenty of optional excursions on offer; in fact Boquete is already building up quite a reputation as an 'adrenalin town' with world class rafting facilities, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling at nearby Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono. Overnight - Boquete
Days 13 - 14: Panama City
Boquete - Panama City. There's a long day of travelling ahead on day 13 as we complete the final leg of our tour, travelling to Panama City. Our tour comes to an end on day 14 after hotel check out. Vibrant Panama City is undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America and if you wish to see the sights, including the infamous Panama Canal and the archaeological site of Panama La Vieja, consider extending your stay. Panama City (1)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: San Jose - Costa Rica / Ends in: Panama City - Panama
  • Departs: Sundays - Year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:0, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: Simple hotels, hostels & guesthouses
  • Tour Guide: Tour leader escorted
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