Costa Rica & Panama

Enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s flora & fauna along with its natural beauty and adventure activities before heading south to Panama where you can take a Partial or a Full Transit of the Panama Canal, go on a guided hike in Soberania National Park, visit historic Panama City, visit an indigenous community and / or take a ride on a vintage train to Portobelo in the north.

Casco Antiguo Panama City

Costa Rica & Panama - a sample itinerary

Day 1

Arrive into San Jose Intl airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Travel over to the Sarapiquí area. En route stop to enjoy views over Poas Volcano & its caldera before taking a hike along the well-marked paths. When you’re ready, continue to the rainforest area of Sarapiqui, renowned for its birdlife.

Days 3

Get up early today to visit a nearby reserve which attracts a wide variety of birds at its feeding stations. See how many different varieties you can spot! Later, enjoy a Chocolate Tour set alongside the cacao plantation in the middle of the rainforest. The tour is very interactive and hands-on. Great for chocoholics of all ages!

Days 4

Your destination today is Tortuguero, off Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Travel first by road then by river launch to your Tortuguero lodge. The region is famous as the most important nesting site in the Western half of the Caribbean for the Green Sea turtle (season is from July – Sept).

Day 5

Get up early today for a boat trip along Tortuguero’s canals and rivers. Enjoy the nature trails & forest walks in the surrounding area or rent a kayak to paddle waterways under your own steam.

Day 6

Travel back to the mainland and turn south, to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast, location of some of the nicest beaches on this coast.

Day 7-8

Enjoy your days here either relaxing on the beach, snorkelling in the Cahuita National Park, hiking in the nearby rainforest or visiting the local Sloth Sanctuary.

Day 9

Cross into Panama today, to the coffee-growing area of Boquete where you’ll stay on a coffee plantation.

Day 10

Options for today include: coffee tour; hike in the nearby Amistad National Park; white-water rafting; horse riding; hike the Quetzal Trail; or go zip-lining.

Day 11

Take a short domestic flight to Panama City and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy wandering Panama’s historic city centre or browse the local shopping malls.

Days 12-14

Choose from a wide variety of activities. Enjoy a Partial or a Full Transit of the Panama Canal; hike the nearby Soberania National Park; visit a local indigenous Community; have a guided tour of ancient, colonial & modern-day Panama; take the historic train to Portobello in the north; visit the San Blas islands and learn how these island peoples live.

Days 15

Transfer to Panama City’s International Airport in time to catch your flight home.

The above sample holiday to Costa Rica and Panama can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

Central America offers a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Costa Rica and Panama.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Central America Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample holiday to Costa Rica and Panama are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Central America holiday.

Duration of your Central America Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen your holiday to Costa Rica and Panama, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Central America holiday to Costa Rica and Panama along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Central America.