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Grand tour of Panama & Costa Rica!

Grand tour of Panama & Costa Rica!

18 days / 17 nights from U$ 3699 per person

  • Beach
  • Wildlife
  • Mountains
  • Luxury/Welness
  • Kayak

Overview :

Start your journey with a few unique experiences from Panama City. Continue to the Caribbean, then the highlands. In Costa Rica, visit natural highlights and then end up with a few days at the beach in Tamarindo.
Destinations and highlights: Panama City, Bocas del Toro, Boquete, Tortuguero, Los Ángeles cloud forest and Tamarindo. Green, untouched nature and wild beaches!

Arrival in Panama City International Airport (PTY) – Transfer In

Ciudad Panamá, Panamá

Partial Panama Canal Transit

Ciudad Panamá, Panamá

Visit to the Emberá Quera Indians Tribe

Ciudad Panamá, Panamá

Panama City – Flight to Bocas del Toro – Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa

Bocas del Toro, Panamá

Day at leisure in Isla Popa, Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro, Panamá

Bocas del Toro – Almirante – Boquete

Boquete, Panamá

Boquete – Paso Canoas border – Playa Cativo, Golfito

Playa Cativo Lodge, Provincia de Puntarenas, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Playa Cativo, Golfito

Playa Cativo Lodge, Provincia de Puntarenas, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Golfito – Golfito Airstrip – Flight to San Jose – San Jose

San José, Costa Rica

San Jose – Guapiles – Tortuguero

Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica

Jungle hike – National park boat tour

Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica

Tortuguero – San Jose – Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, Provincia de Alajuela, San Ramón, Costa Rica

Birdwatching tour

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, Provincia de Alajuela, San Ramón, Costa Rica

Los Angeles Cloud Forest – Tamarindo

Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo

Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo

Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo – San Jose

San José, Costa Rica

Shuttle transfer Out

San José, Costa Rica

Day by day itinerary :

Arrival in Panama City International Airport (PTY) – Transfer In
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Arrival in Panama City International Airport (PTY) – Transfer In

Upon arrival at the International Airport in Panama City our driver will welcome you and will transfer you to your hotel located in the historic and charming district of “Casco Antiguo”. Time at leisure to wander the streets of the area.

Overnight at Hotel Central 4* for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: None

Partial Panama Canal Transit
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Partial Panama Canal Transit

Today we take you to visit the Panama Canal, a 100-year-old engineering marvel and massive modern construction project. The partial transit tour starts at the Amador Causeway where you board the ferry. You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut which was carved through the Continental Divide and is full of history and geological value. Your boat will travel the Cut on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks and will even see part of the Panama Canal expansion. During the tour, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline.

Important Note: This tour normally operates Friday & Saturday. It can be change to fit your travel schedule.

Overnight at Hotel Central 4* for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B

Visit to the Emberá Quera Indians Tribe
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Visit to the Emberá Quera Indians Tribe

Today you will enjoy a fascinating experience! We take you to Buena Vista to board a small dugout navigating on the Gatun River seeing the large, fascinating and dense jungle. Arrive at the Emberá Quera, an indigenous community based on the banks of Gatun Lake who still live in harmony with Mother Nature. The villages chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Enjoy a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Emberá women and experience a traditional Emberá dance. You can also get a temporary Emberá tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit!

Overnight at Hotel Central 4* for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: None

Panama City – Flight to Bocas del Toro – Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa
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Panama City – Flight to Bocas del Toro – Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa

Today you will be transferred to the domestic Airport to take a domestic flight to Bocas del Toro. Enjoy scenic aerial views of the islands. On arrival transfer to the docks to board a boat to Popa Island. Time at leisure to enjoy the beach!

Overnight at Laguna Azul Eco-Boutique Resort 3* for 3 nights – 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Day at leisure in Isla Popa, Bocas del Toro
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Day at leisure in Isla Popa, Bocas del Toro

Day at leisure at the beach in your Caribbean island. There are many things to do on shore without leaving the resort. Bird watching is outstanding! For those less active there are board games, ping pong, a pool table and more.

Overnight at Laguna Azul Eco-Boutique Resort 3* – 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Bocas del Toro – Almirante – Boquete
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Bocas del Toro – Almirante – Boquete

Morning boat transfer back to Almirante. Enjoy a 3 ½ hour lovely drive will go through the highlands until reaching Boquete, a small and charming mountain village known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama. Mid-afternoon arrival to your hotel and time at leisure to explore the town.

Overnight at the beautiful Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel 4*, a lodge in midst of a Coffee Plantation – 1 Honey Mountain room. Meals: B

Boquete – Paso Canoas border – Playa Cativo, Golfito
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Boquete – Paso Canoas border – Playa Cativo, Golfito

Morning transfer to the border of Paso Canoas. After immigration formalities, a private transfer will take you to the province of Puntarenas and from there continue by boat to Playa Cativo Lodge, a luxury eco lodge offering exquisite accommodations in true harmony with nature. Time at leisure at your Lodge.

Overnight at Playa Cativo Lodge 4* for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B, L & D

Playa Cativo, Golfito
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Playa Cativo, Golfito

Days at leisure at your beautiful Lodge. Use of kayaks, standup paddle boards, snorkeling gear inside Cativo Bay and self-guided hiking trails are included within the rates. You may also choose one of two guided tours: Jungle Waterfall Experience or Artisanal Hand Line Pier Fishing).

Overnight at Playa Cativo Lodge 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B, L & D

Golfito – Golfito Airstrip – Flight to San Jose – San Jose
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Golfito – Golfito Airstrip – Flight to San Jose – San Jose

Morning at leisure in the Lodge. Enjoy the pool and surroundings. In the afternoon reach by boat the Golfito docks and continue you to the airstrip to take a domestic flight to San Jose. Upon arrival we transfer you to your hotel.

Arrival and check-in at Hotel Rincon del Valle 3 – 1 Standard room. Meals: B

San Jose – Guapiles – Tortuguero
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San Jose – Guapiles – Tortuguero

Early morning shared transfer to Guapiles enjoying a Tico breakfast on the way.  On arrival you are transferred to a dock and by boat reach your hotel located on the Caribbean Coast on a sand strip between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Ocean and surrounded by lush gardens, rainforests, pristine beaches and the amazing Tortuguero canals. In the afternoon enjoy a shared tour to the village of Tortuguero.

Overnight at Mawamba Lodge 3* for 2 nights – 1 Standard room. Meals: B, L & D

Jungle hike – National park boat tour
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Jungle hike – National park boat tour

This morning go on a shared guided walk along the trails surrounding the lodge to learn more about the flora and fauna of the jungle. Learn about the delicate ecosystem and learn how the Lodge’s bio-digester plays a very important effort in conservation of the Lodge.

Later, meet your guide and join the guided Canal Tour. Hop on board and witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles and mammals as we motor through the black water canals of the Tortuguero National Park. Scan the trees for toucans; watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas and frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths.

Overnight at Mawamba Lodge 3* – 1 Standard room. Meals: B, L & D

Tortuguero – San Jose – Los Angeles Cloud Forest
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Tortuguero – San Jose – Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Departure in the morning and travel again by boat back to the docks. Enjoy lunch and continue with a shared transfer back to San Jose. Upon arrival a private transfer will take you to the mountain zone of Los Angeles Cloud Forest, one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets!

Overnight at Hotel Villa Blanca 3* sup – 1 Superior Casita. Meals: B

Birdwatching tour
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Birdwatching tour

This is a tour devoted for both nature and bird lovers! Go on a scenic drive to the Azahar Peak, near La Paz de San Ramón through the Central Highlands. Visit a private, family-operated farm where Quetzals nests from mid-February through the end of May. Keep your eyes open and try spotting different species of birds including the elusive Quetzal!

Note: This is a seasonal tour operating mid-February through May. If not travelling in those months, we can offer an optional tour.

Overnight at Hotel Villa Blanca 3* sup – 1 Superior Casita. Meals: B

Los Angeles Cloud Forest – Tamarindo
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Los Angeles Cloud Forest – Tamarindo

Breakfast and transfer to Tamarindo. See famous “Brahma” cows, as well as rice, melons and sugar cane plantations along the way. Arrive at the beach and enjoy some time at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Capitan Suizo 4* for three nights – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Tamarindo
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Tamarindo

Time at the beach on your own. Many optional, land and water tours are offered in the area in case you want activities, like nature & wildlife refuges! You may also visit the bustling town of Tamarindo. Please inquiry for more information!

Overnight at Hotel Capitan Suizo 4* – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Tamarindo
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Tamarindo

Time at the beach on your own. Many optional, land and water tours are offered in the area in case you want activities, like nature & wildlife refuges! You may also visit the bustling town of Tamarindo. Please inquiry for more information!

Overnight at Hotel Capitan Suizo 4* – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Tamarindo – San Jose
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Tamarindo – San Jose

Morning at leisure to finish enjoying the beach and town of Tamarindo. In the afternoon a shared transfer will take you to San Jose.

Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport 3* sup – 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Shuttle transfer Out
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Shuttle transfer Out

Complementary shuttle transfer from your hotel to the Airport to catch your flight back home.

18 Days

17 nights

From $ 3699 USD

Per person based on 2 people

The package include :

  • 3 nights in Panama City
  • 2 nights in Bocas del Toro
  • 1 night in Boquete
  • 3 nights in Golfito
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Los Angeles Cloud Forest
  • 3 nights in Tamarindo1 night in San Jose
  • Boat transfer Isla Colon to Almirante
  • Round-trip boat transfer Golfito to Playa Cativo Lodge
  • One-way domestic flight Golfito to San Jose
  • Door to door transportation (shared) according to itinerary
  • All tours (small groups) with specialized bilingual guides - days 2 - 3 - 10 - 11 and 13
  • Meals as per description
  • All taxes on the services included

The package does not include :

  • Other meals and services not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • International flights to Panama City (PTY) and from San Jose (SJO)
  • Passengers taxes at the border/airports
  • Discretional tips
  • Any other expense not included in the list above
Tripadvisor review Kathy5536

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

They helped me put together a great trip and took care of every detail. This is our second time booking with them and I would highly recommend them. Good recommendations and quick replies...

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