This tour takes us from the city life of San Jose to the laid back vibes of Cahuita on the Caribbean coast, then on to the island life of Bocas Del Toro, where you can pick up some Creole while enjoying the gorgeous Caribbean waters. Then it’s up to the highlands, to Boquete, where you get back to nature with some phenomenal hiking trails to spot the elusive Quetzal, relax in some waterfalls, or engage one of the available adrenaline-pumping activities. We will sloth, snorkel, hike and fly our way to the metropolis-meets-colonial styled city of Panama, where that world famous canal is waiting for us.
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Departure City: San Jose, Costa Rica, Ending City: Panama City, Panama
Accommodations: hotels (9 nights)
Transportation: private mini bus, public buses, taxis, airplane
Leaders: Tour leader and Driver
Included meals: 9 breakfasts
Included Activities: Guided visit to Jaguar Rescue Center, Coffee tour in Boquete, half transit or alternative tour in Panama City
Day 1: Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Day 2: Today we leave the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the laid back Caribbean coast. Our public bus ride will last about 4 hours, and the landscape changes dramatically. This afternoon, choose your beach: white or black sand!
Day 3: Fancy a visit to “Sloth School?” Today includes a morning visit to the Jaguar Rescue Centre. We have the afternoon to explore Puerto Viejo, visit Cahuita National Park or return to the beach.
Day 4: Today sees us leave Costa Rica, but not the Caribbean! We make our way to Bocas Del Toro, Panama. A mix of public and private buses, a speed boat and a lot of crystal clear sea to be seen.
Day 5: Today you have an option to relax and enjoy the beach or take a snorkelling adventure, more often than not a highlight of this tour. Visit coral gardens, beaches lined with starfish and swim until your heart is content and face salty.
Day 6: We take our speed boat back to Almirante where our private bus will be waiting to take us to the highland town of Boquete. Four hours of breathtaking views gets us there with enough time for our included coffee tour at Café Ruiz.
Day 7: Today is a free day for you to enjoy the full range of outdoor adventures in Boquete. It’s a great climate for hiking, bird watching, white-water rafting and, if you feel adventurous, you can hike up Volcano Baru!
Day 8: We leave the highlands and head back to sea level. A private vehicle takes us to David and our 45-minute scenic flight to Panama City. We spend the afternoon exploring the Panama City shoreline and the fish market, then enjoy dinner right on the Panama Canal shipping lanes.
Day 9: The Panama Canal half transit is included today when available. Your tour leader will have more information for you at the welcome meeting of this tour. An excellent alternative is included when the half transit is unavailable.
Day 10: Our tour ends today. Your tour leader will advise regarding transportation to the airport.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travellers will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If you would prefer a room to yourself there will be a single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Add-on 1: Single Supplement – $410.00