Experience the best of Costa Rica and Panama on this epic adventure. Start your journey in San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital city, before making your way to San Gerardo de Dota. Spend two nights in this charming mountain village, surrounded by lush cloud forest and teeming with exotic birdlife. Take a guided hike along the Quetzal trail and witness the rare and elusive resplendent quetzal in its natural habitat.
Next, head to the stunning Diamante Waterfall and spend a night in the jungle, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Hike through the forest and swim in the refreshing waters of the waterfall, before continuing on to Drake Bay. Spend three nights in this remote coastal town, known for its pristine beaches, coral reefs, and diverse wildlife. Take a snorkeling or scuba diving tour to witness the vibrant colors of the underwater world.
Continue on to Cerro Punta, a small town located in the heart of Panama's highlands. Spend a night here, exploring the lush cloud forests and encountering exotic birds and wildlife.
Next, take a walk through the Quetzal trail to Boquete, a charming mountain town known for its cool climate and stunning natural beauty. Spend two nights here, hiking through the cloud forest and exploring the vibrant local culture. Don't miss the chance to take a coffee plantation tour and sample some of the best coffee in the world.
Head to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, where you'll spend three nights exploring the turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Go snorkeling or diving, take a boat tour through the mangroves, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.
Finally, end your trip in Puerto Viejo Talamanca, a laid-back Caribbean town known for its reggae culture and stunning beaches. Spend two nights here, surfing, exploring the lush jungle, and sampling the local cuisine. Finally, return to San Jose for one more night before saying goodbye to this unforgettable adventure.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Overnight for 15 nights in the selected hotels. Breakfast every day, Lunch & Dinner in Diamante Waterfall and Drake Bay and ground & water transfers between destinations.
DO NOT FORGET:
When packing for a trip to Costa Rica and Panama, it's important to bring appropriate clothing and gear for the different activities and environments you'll encounter. Here are some suggestions:
Lightweight and breathable clothing - pack clothes made of lightweight and breathable materials that dry quickly, as the weather in Costa Rica and Panama can be hot and humid.
Comfortable hiking shoes or boots - for the hikes through the cloud forests and trails.
Swimsuit - for swimming in waterfalls, beaches, and during water activities such as snorkeling and diving.
Insect repellent - as mosquitos and other insects can be a nuisance in some areas.
Sunscreen - to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
Hat and sunglasses - to shield your face and eyes from the sun.
Rain gear - bring a rain jacket or poncho as rain can be unpredictable.
Camera or binoculars - to capture the amazing wildlife and scenic views.
Electrical adapter - as the electrical outlets in Costa Rica and Panama may be different from those in your home country.
Personal medication and first aid kit - make sure to bring any prescription medication you need, and a small first aid kit with basic supplies.
Daypack - for carrying essentials such as water, snacks, and extra layers during the hikes.
It's also important to pack light and bring only what you need, as you'll be moving between destinations quite frequently. Consider using a backpack or lightweight suitcase with wheels for ease of travel.
Embrace the pura vida lifestyle - "pura vida" is a popular saying in Costa Rica that means "pure life" or "simple life." Embrace the laid-back, relaxed culture and take time to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. Don't forget your passport - make sure you have a valid passport with at least six months’ validity before your trip. Book activities and tours in advance - popular activities and tours can book up quickly, especially during peak travel season. It's best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Learn some basic Spanish - English is widely spoken in tourist areas, but knowing some basic Spanish can be helpful, especially in more rural areas. Bring cash - while credit cards are widely accepted, some smaller businesses may only accept cash. Be sure to bring enough cash for smaller purchases and tips. Be mindful of your belongings - Costa Rica and Panama are generally safe countries, but it's still important to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas.
Try the local cuisine - both countries have delicious local dishes that are worth trying. Some popular Costa Rican dishes include gallo pinto (rice and beans), ceviche (marinated seafood), and casado (a dish with rice, beans, meat, and vegetables). In Panama, try the sancocho (a hearty stew), ceviche, and empanadas. Respect the environment - both Costa Rica and Panama are known for their rich biodiversity and natural beauty. Be sure to follow the "leave no trace" principle and be mindful of your impact on the environment.
If you have some extra time to extend your trip in Costa Rica, here are some options to consider:
Tortuguero: Located on the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero is a remote and beautiful area known for its sea turtle nesting grounds. It's a great place to experience nature and wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, and a variety of bird species.
Arenal Volcano: The Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica's most famous landmarks. The area surrounding the volcano is home to hot springs, waterfalls, and other natural attractions. You can also go hiking, zip-lining, or take a canopy tour.
Pacific Coast: The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a popular destination for beach-goers and surfers. There are many beautiful beaches to explore, as well as national parks and wildlife reserves. You can also take part in water activities like surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling.
All of these destinations can be easily reached from San Jose, either by renting a car, taking a shuttle, or booking a tour. Keep in mind that traveling in Costa Rica can take longer than expected due to winding roads and traffic, so it's important to plan accordingly and allow enough time to fully enjoy each destination.
FOR THE FLIGHT OPTIONS WE RECOMMEND TO PURCHASE
Arriving in San José, ideally before noon
Depart from San Jose, ideally after 2pm