Best of Costa Rica & Panama
11 Days / 10 Nights
$2135P/P Double Occupancy
In only one trip you will have the great opportunity to see the highlights of these two Central American countries: Panama and Costa Rica. Experience the unique sensation of the natural canals of Tortuguero National Park and the breathtaking active Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. Continue to Panama and explore the unspoiled tropical beaches of Bocas Del Toro and the misty cloud forests of Boquete in the mountains.
Day 01 Arrival in San Jose
After your arrival to San Jose international airport our representative will transfer you to the hotel for your first night in Costa Rica. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel or experience the active nightlife of San Jose. Overnight at hotel El Rodeo Country Inn, Deluxe Room, breakfast included.
Day 02 San Jose – Tortuguero (B, L, D)
Early in the morning you will depart for Tortuguero in the north-east of the country. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and admire its lush vegetation. Continue by boat and marvel at the beautiful surrounding during a three-hour boat ride through the canals of Tortuguero. After your arrival to the lodge a welcome cocktail and a rich lunch will be served. The afternoon is free at leisure. Relax nearby the pool or explore the nature on one of the many hiking trails. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero Full Board
Day 03 Tortuguero Canals (B, L)
Morning visit to Mawamba Parc where you will appreciate a butterfly garden, a ranarium as well as a biodigestor. During the afternoon enjoy a scheduled boat tour through the narrow canals for wildlife observation. Entrance fee to national park included. This is the jungle adventure of your lifetime! Think of the Amazon, only on a smaller scale. Tortuguero National Park, with its 21,000 hectares of preserved tropical rain forest, provides one of the best opportunities to experience a bursting amount of tropical wildlife. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge Standard Room, three daily meals included
Day 04 Tortuguero – Arenal (B, L)
Enjoy a scenic boat ride back to pier and by bus to Guapiles where lunch will be served. Then shuttle transfer to the Arenal area. Arenal's perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseeing dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your must-do in Costa Rica's list. So visit one of the nicest volcanoes in Costa Rica, cloud forests, a lake world-famous for windsurfing and an incredibly diverse population of wildlife is just part of what you will find in this amazing area of Costa Rica. Afternoon arrival to the Volcano Lodge & Gardens, your home-base for that night. Overnight at Volcano Lodge & Gardens Superior room, breakfast included.
Day 05 Arenal Volcano Hike – San Jose (B)
After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the far west side of the Arenal volcano. Explore for approximately one hour the Silencio Trail and enjoy your unique surrounding. Continue then by shuttle back to San Jose. Overnight at hotel El Rodeo Country Inn in San Jose
Day 06 San Jose – Bocas del Toro (B)
In the morning you will be transferred to the local airport in order to catch your flight to Colon Island in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Continue by boat to your hotel Playa Tortuga. The rest of the afternoon is free at your disposal. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Caribbean and the beautiful beaches. Overnight at Playa Tortuga Hotel in Bocas del Toro
Day 07 Dolphin Watch and Snorkeling Tour (B)
Start the day with a boat tour to Laguna Bocatorito, where you will have the chance to see dolphins playing in the water. Next you will stop at Coral Key to do some snorkeling. Continue to Red Frog Beach in the afternoon. Here you will have some time to take a swim or to relax at the beach. On your way back to the main island you will pass Hospital Point for some snorkeling. Overnight at Playa Tortuga Hotel in Bocas del Toro
Day 08 Bocas Del Toro – Boquete (B)
Transfer on you own to the Bocas pier. After arriving to Almirante, enjoy a transfer up to the cloud forest mountains in Boquete. This is a small and charming mountain village known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in Panama. The town is home to an abundance of birds equal to those found in the cloud forests higher on the mountain. One of the most famous is the Resplendent Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala. This bird is nearly extinct there but has found a refuge in this area. Mid afternoon arrival to Finca Lerida Hotel, located within a coffee plantation. Rest of the day free to explore the town. Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included.
Day 09 Nature Walk in Finca Lerida (B)
Today, enjoy hiking at Finca Lerida's natural reserve, a unique place to study and experience the cloud forest environment and to discover the flora and fauna hidden within. Many of the birds found in Panama can be seen in Finca Lerida's Estate, as well as many species of plants and trees. Hike through the forest to a hidden waterfall leaving civilization behind and relax listening to the sound of birds. The trails vary in degree of difficulty and one is handicap accessible. After the tour, a delicious light lunch will be served at the hotel's restaurant. Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included
Day 10 Return to San Jose (B)
Today you will be transferred to David where you will catch your flight back to San Jose. Our representative will pick you up and bring you your hotel Overnight at Hotel El Rodeo Country Inn in San Jose
Day 11 Departure (B)
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the International airport in San Jose for your flight back home.