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.


DAY 1:

Fly to San Jose International airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Central America!

DAY 2:

Travel over to the rainforest area of Sarapiquí, via a stop off at Poas Volcano & its caldera. Take it all in before hiking along the well-marked paths.

DAY 3:

Early-morning visit to a nearby nature reserve which attracts a wide variety of birds as their feeding station. 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!

DAY 4:

Travel by road and then by river launch to Tortuguero, located off Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The region is famous as being 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 across to the mainland before turning south and continuing onto Puerto Viejo, located on the Caribbean Coast. Puerto Viejo is the location of some of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica.

DAYS 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 the border into neighbouring Panama today before continuing over to the coffee-growing area of Boquete where you’ll stay on a coffee plantation for an authentic experience.

DAY 10:

Day at leisure. Options include: a coffee tour hike in the nearby Amistad National Park, white-water rafting, horse riding; the Quetzal Trail hike or go zip-lining.

DAY 11:

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

DAYS 12-14:

Time at leisure in Panama City to enjoy a Partial or a Full Transit of the famous Panama Canal or even visit a local indigenous Community. Up to you!

DAY 15:

Transfer from your hotel to Panama City’s International Airport in time to check-in and catch your flight home. Farewell Central America!

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.


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.