Costa Rica & Panama tour

Costa Rica & Panama Tour

15 Days 14 Nights

Our Costa Rica & Panama Combo package is a two-week journey that allows you to experience the major highlights of each country in one trip. Your holiday begins in Panama where you will learn about its rich culture & history by visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, the modern marvel of the Panama Canal, cloud forests, and end with a few nights relaxing on an all-inclusive island in the Caribbean. From there you will take a quick flight to Costa Rica where you will visit the imposing Arenal Volcano and enjoy a mix of the region’s adventure tours and natural beauty, like the famous thermal hot springs. You will finish your vacation relaxing on the Pacific Coast where lush rainforest covers the mountain side until it meets the tropical Pacific Ocean in Manuel Antonio.

  • Highlights: Panama City – Panama Canal – Cloud Forest – Arenal Volcano- Thermal Hot Springs – Caribbean Sea – Pacific Ocean – Rainforest – Wildlife
  • Activities: Nature – Birdwatching – Hiking – Snorkeling – Culture – History
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Holiday Type: Tailor-made
  • You will visit: Panama City, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio
  • Trip Style: Couples – Small Groups – Families
  • Comfort level: Standard – Eco-Luxury – Luxury
  • Transportation: Private Minibus / Domestic Airline
  • Length: 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • Physical demand: Trip may include activities like jungle walks and hiking, all adventure tours are optional
  • Group size: Minimun 1
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

Resume:

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Panama Canal
  • Day 3: David City
  • Day 4: Boquete Region
  • Day 5: Bocas del Toro
  • Day 6: Relax and enjoy the Caribbean!
  • Day 7: Zapatilla Caye
  • Day 8: San Jose Costa Rica
  • Day 9: Aerial tram
  • Day 10: Adventure of your choice
  • Day 11: Manuel Antonio
  • Day 12: Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 13: Free day
  • Day 14: Free day
  • Day 15: Back home
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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Panama City

Fly into the Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City where our airport representative will meet you at your gate holding a sign with your name on it. They will guide you through the immigration process and bring you to our VIP Lounge where you can relax with a cocktail while they collect your bags. You will spend the first two nights in the capital’s historic and trendy Casco Viejo neighborhood which is full of the city’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Panama canal railway

Day 2

Panama Canal

After breakfast you will be met in the lobby of your hotel by your private tour guide for the day. Enjoy a private full day guided tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal itself to learn about the history, culture, and bustling economy of Panama. Start by getting to know the 500-year-old French-colonial part of town, Casco Viejo, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most popular part of the capital city. Next visit the Miraflores Visitor Center where you will get a chance to see ships passing through the locks as they make their way from one side of the world to the other. Learn about the 100-year history of the Canal, how it works, and the astounding amount of business it generates for Panama daily. After lunch spend a couple hours in the brand-new Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum, a fantastic tribute to both Panama’s biodiversity as the “Land Bridge of the Americas”.

Panama Canal

Day 3

David City

This morning you will take a short domestic flight to Western Panama and the second biggest city in the country, David. Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and head north into the mountains and the inviting town of Boquete. This popular destination in Panama is known for its excellent boutique hotels and growing international culinary scene, so enjoy this afternoon exploring town on your own.

Panama

Day 4

Boquete Region

Experience the highlights of the Boquete region as you embark on a full day tour that covers a new hanging bridges project, coffee plantations, and the best canopy zip-line tour in the country. You will spend your day on the border of the La Amistad National Park, or the ‘Friendship National Park’, a huge cross-border reserve that covers 470,209 acres in both Costa Rica and Panama. Due to the unique multinational cooperation of the park and the incredible number of big cats, tapirs, and hundreds of species of birds that live here it has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the beauty of the cloud forest as you walk amongst the canopy and then soar over it on the zip-line.

coffee tour panama

Day 5

Bocas del Toro

Today you will leave the cooler weather of cloud forest and head for the warm tropical Caribbean as you head to the beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Located on Panama’s western Caribbean Coast, this beautiful cluster of islands features great beaches, clear, calm waters that are full of marine life and a fun and growing town to enjoy nightlife and local restaurants. To avoid the crowds on the main island of Isla Colon we will have you stay at our top ranked eco-luxury lodge out on Isla Bastimentos. The 11 rooms are private bungalows and feature surprising amenities like air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot water showers, and a private deck with rocking chairs. Relax and unwind as you enjoy complimentary use of kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing gear, and over 200 acres of untouched island rainforest.

Bocas del Toro

Day 6

Relax and enjoy the Caribbean!

Relax and enjoy the Caribbean! This day is yours to spend however you see fit. If you are a nature lover, you can do an early morning birding tour with the on-site naturalist guides to learn more about the surprising flora and fauna on the island. After breakfast enjoy the calm waters around the lodge as you swim, snorkel, stand up paddle board and kayak on our own.

Turtle

Day 7

Zapatilla Caye

Spend today doing a tour to see more of what the Bocas del Toro archipelago has to offer. Tour options in the area include guided snorkeling trips, a chocolate farm tour, indigenous village tour, light tackle fishing, or our personal favorite – a beach & snorkeling day out at the beautiful, white sand Zapatilla Caye. Your guides will provide coolers packed with cold drinks and fresh fruit and will prepare you a fresh lunch so you can spend all day at this gorgeous marine national park.

Sloth

Day 8

San Jose, Costa Rica

Today you will wake up on an island along Panama’s Caribbean Coast and fall asleep with views of the towering Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. From Bocas del Toro you will take a quick 45-minute flight directly to San Jose, Costa Rica where you will be met inside the airport and escorted out to your waiting private driver. The popular Arenal Volcano region offers natural highlights like lush rainforest, waterfalls, thermal hot springs, and finally the picture-perfect cone of the Arenal Volcano itself. One of Costa Rica’s “must see” destinations, choose between small boutique hotels, larger hot spring resorts, or even one of the top rated hotels in all of Central America if you want to treat yourself to ultra-luxury.

hotspring

Day 9

Aerial tram, Costa Rica

Start this day early as you enjoy one of the most unique ways to experience Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest – the aerial tram. These open-air gondolas are a smooth and easy way to get a birds-eye view of the rainforest canopy. Next visit the 200 ft La Fortuna Waterfall, one of the most picturesque in the country. Hike down 500 steps to the base of the waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the surprisingly cool waters! The afternoon and evening are yours to soak in the thermal hot springs, which are believed to have therapeutic properties.

Raffting Costa Rica

Day 10

Adventure of your choice

Get your adrenaline pumping with one of the region’s adventure tours! Arenal is known as the ‘adventure sports capital of Costa Rica’ options here include Class III-IV whitewater rafting, ATVs, waterfall rappelling, zip-lining, mountain biking, and the newest tour of them all – gravity falls waterfall jumping. If more than one of these tours interests you, we can set up a combo so you can fit in two in one day!

Sky bridge

Day 11

Manuel Antonio National Park

After sleeping in and enjoying a relaxed breakfast you will be picked up by our private transfer and head to the Pacific Coast for the final stop of this cross-country expedition. End your vacation with four nights at one of Costa Rica’s most prized beaches and national parks, Manuel Antonio. The most visited national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio offers its visitors a stunning visual of lush, tropical rainforest covering the mountainside until it reaches the calm, azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. We’ve saved the best for last as you can enjoy rainforest, wildlife, and gorgeous beaches all in one spot.

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Day 12

Manuel Antonio National Park

After sleeping in and enjoying a relaxed breakfast you will be picked up by our private transfer and head to the Pacific Coast for the final stop of this cross-country expedition. End your vacation with four nights at one of Costa Rica’s most prized beaches and national parks, Manuel Antonio. The most visited national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio offers its visitors a stunning visual of lush, tropical rainforest covering the mountainside until it reaches the calm, azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. We’ve saved the best for last as you can enjoy rainforest, wildlife, and gorgeous beaches all in one spot.

Manuel Antonio Beach

Day 13

Free day

Spend this day doing one of the region’s many adventures or eco tours. In additional to the national park nature lovers can enjoy a kayaking trip through the Damas Island Mangroves, a coastal catamaran cruise, or a horseback riding trip to a waterfall. For more excitement you can try your hand at adventure activities like white water rafting, zip-lines, ATVs, surf lessons, jet skis or even parasailing. Manuel Antonio is also the premier destination in Costa Rica for both inshore and offshore sport fishing.

Waterfall

Day 14

Free day

Enjoy your last day in Costa Rica! Relax, sleep in, shop around town, and of course enjoy the beach! This is your final full day of this two-week holiday so spend it exactly how you see fit!

Costa Rica

Day 15

Back home

Take a quick 25-minute domestic flight from Quepos back to the SJO International Airport for your flight home