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From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal at the centre of the Americas. Visit gorgeous islands and chill to reggae beats on Caribbean beaches. Search for the quetzal bird in cloud forests and shake your tailfeather in the clubs of Panama City. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure.

Latin America
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRSP/126922
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: Panama City, Panama
You will Visit
  • San José
  • Panama City

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

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Day 2: San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Travel to Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Enjoy 14km (8.7 mi) of incomparable white and black sand beaches, all surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.
There are several optional activities available: rent a bike or hire a boat to Manzanillo, hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca - Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, or try snorkelling. Feeling lazy? Take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.

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Day 3: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Rent a boogie board if the waves are calling, dance the night away to reggae and calypso, taste flavourful Afro-Caribbean cuisine, and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.

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Day 4: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/Bocas del Toro

Crossing into Panama, travel by bus, foot, then a boat to arrive to the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which means the bull's mouth. Enjoy free time while here to snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax on the beach.

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Day 5: Bocas del Toro

Enjoy free time to snorkel the blue Caribbean waters or look for red frogs at—where else?—Red Frog Beach.

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Day 6: Bocas del Toro

Enjoy free time to snorkel the blue Caribbean waters or look for red frogs at—where else?—Red Frog Beach.

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Day 7: Bocas del Toro/Boquete

Back on the mainland, settle in for a long day of travel before arriving at the mountain town of Boquete. A plethora of outdoor options await, including hiking, whitewater rafting and touring a coffee plantation.

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Day 8: Boquete

Opt to go whitewater rafting, tour a coffee plantation, or hike through the cloud forest.

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Day 9: Boquete/Santa Catalina

Travel to the Pacific Coast for a few more beach days. Santa Catalina has easy access to two black-sand beaches and is a great home base for fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, diving and surfing, as well as exploring numerous nature trails in the area.
This small, friendly, and laid-back town on the Pacific coast is the perfect place to wind down. Look up and see flocks of parrots as they soar the skies above the hills around Santa Catalina.

Santa Catalina is the closest access point to Coiba Island, part of the nation's largest marine park, described as a cross between the Galapagos and Cocos Islands. Time and weather permitting, it may be possible to organize an optional boat trip to explore this marine park.

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Day 10: Santa Catalina

Enjoy a lazy day at the beach. Opt to explore beautiful Coiba NP or take a surfing lesson.

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Day 11: Santa Catalina

Enjoy a lazy day at the beach. Opt to explore beautiful Coiba NP or take a surfing lesson.

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Day 12: Santa Catalina/Panama City

Leave the beach and travel to Panama's capital. Enjoy an optional night out with the group, and save some energy for exploring various parts of the city.

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Day 13: Panama City

Enjoy free time to explore the city or visit the Panama Canal.

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Day 14: Panama City

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Beach time in Bocas del Toro and Santa Catalina
    • Panama City stay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels/hostels (13 nts, some multi-share)
    • No meals included
    Transport
    • Local bus, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Listen to reggae rhythms wafting through the Caribbean air
  • Stare out at the crystal-blue ocean
  • Walk through lush greenery in the highlands
  • Kick back in a hammock on the Pacific Coast
  • Marvel at ships passing through the Panama Canal.


Reviews (3)
Carmen M. Posted on: 

Overall I believe the tour was great. We were able to visit some great places. It was an independent tour so I liked that we were not pressured to do anything that we did not want to. We had a great leader so we felt taken care of the whole time.

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Regine Elisabeth R. Posted on: 

A great experience! I have really enjoyed the trip! You can be as active as you want to or just relax.

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Tania V. Posted on: 

Overall, this tour was a great experience. All the places we went to were beautiful, with lots of activities to do, as well as a couple great beaches to just kick back and relax. The time frame was good as well.

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