A Tale of Two Countries

13 days from £3,695pp

Why experience just one tropical paradise when you can have two? Our Grand Tour of Panama and Costa Rica is perfect for those with a sense of adventure who want to go off the beaten track.

You’ll begin your journey in Panama, where you’ll spend time in buzzing Panama City and bask in Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean coast. The second part of your tour takes you to Costa Rica, where you’ll have the chance to see sloths, iguanas, howler & capuchin monkeys in Tortuguero National Park and stand in the shadow of Arenal Volcano.

Highlights

  • Explore the sights and sounds of Panama City

  • Snorkel alongside sea urchins and exotic fish

  • Listen out for howler monkeys in remote Tortuguero

  • Embark on a night walk through the rainforest

  • Bed down at the foot of Arenal Volcano

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Costa Rica offers the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, with endless beaches and abundant wildlife. I enjoyed a spot of luxury during my last visit, staying at the Pacuare Lodge on the banks of the river. Of course, the best way to arrive is by white-water rafting down the river – spectacular!

A Tale of Two Countries

13 days from £3,695pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Panama and Costa Rica includes international & internal flights, transfers, accommodation, selected excursions, all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners. 

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Panama City

City

Today the wait is finally over as you embark on your grand tour of Panama and Costa Rica. You’ll waste no time jetting off to bustling Panama City, where you’ll be met at the airport by your English-speaking driver. They will take you to the Central Hotel Panama in a private vehicle, so you can settle in for the evening.

Feeling refreshed and raring to go, you’ll spend the next day touring the city. Discover how ships pass through the Panama Canal thanks to the remarkable feat of engineering that is the Miraflores Locks and delve deeper into Panama’s natural history at the eye-catching Frank Gehry-designed Museum of Biodiversity - which stands at the entrance to the canal. You’ll also visit the remains of original capital Panama La Vieja, destroyed by British pirate Henry Morgan in the 1600s, and explore the old colonial quarter of Casco Viejo.

3-5

Bocas del Toro

Beach

Ready to hit the beach? After leaving the bright lights of Panama City behind, you’ll fly to the Bocas del Toro archipelago on the glittering Caribbean coast. A boat will take you to the Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, an idyllic retreat perched on stilts above a coral reef where you'll be spending the next couple of nights.

On day four, you’ll have the chance to swim alongside exotic fish in the crystal-clear waters with a three-hour snorkelling adventure around the reef, just in front of the beach. For the rest of the day, you can stroll along this beautiful stretch of coastline, trek through the surrounding rainforest or simply put your feet up and do nothing at all.

The next day you’ll get more free time, giving you the opportunity to make the most of the sun and sea or enjoy a leisurely walk along the unspoiled beaches. You could also take advantage of a complimentary boat trip organised by your hotel to the secluded Playa Estrella Beach, known for its coconut palms and bright orange starfish.

6-8

Limón

Activity and Adventure

Today you’ll bid farewell to Panama and cross the border into Costa Rica for the start of another epic adventure. Once you’ve checked into jungle hideaway Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel in Limon, you’ll have a chance to unpack and freshen up before enjoying dinner at a private organic farm.

Day seven is a chance to get back to nature with a relaxing boat trip through the glorious Gandoca Lagoon. Your personal guide, Jungle Man, will regale you with amusing tales and surprising secrets of the mangroves as you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including monkeys, frogs and manatees.

The next day Jungle Man is back again to escort you on a tour of Cahuita National Park, which protects a large coral reef formation off the Caribbean coast. The reefs teem with sea urchins, turtles and colourful fish, providing excellent snorkelling opportunities. The rainforest hiking trail is suitable for all ages as it’s flat, and is a good route to spot green ibis, toucans, raccoons and agouti.

9-10

Tortuguero

Wildlife

As you wave goodbye to Limón you’ll be heading deeper into the tropical rainforest in Tortuguero, one of the most remote parts of Costa Rica. It’s famous for the sea turtles that come to the beaches here every year to lay their eggs. After checking into the Manatus Hotel, you’ll spend the afternoon pottering around Tortuguero village, which lies within Tortuguero National Park. Stroll along the shore to get accustomed to the laidback way of life here.

On day 10 you’ll be able to enjoy an excursion organised by the hotel. Glide along the park’s waterways on a boat trip to see some of the amazing wildlife that inhabits the rainforest. Look - and listen - out for iguanas, three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, caimans and otters.

11-12

Arenal & North

Activity & Adventure

From Tortuguero, you'll head inland to stand in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica's most impressive natural landscapes. You'll stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, at the foot of the volcano. The views are something else! After the sun goes down, you’ll embark on an atmospheric rainforest night walk that passes through the hanging bridges of Mistico Park. Listen out for hooting barn owls and see exotic flowers that only bloom at night. You might also encounter frogs, lizards, coatis and tarantulas.

The following day you’ll get your walking boots on again for a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park, where trails pass through cloud forest with hummingbirds singing merrily in the background. Want to get the adrenaline pumping? Fly down the mountain on a zip wire!

Experiences

13

San José

City

On day thirteen, it's time to fly home from San José airport. We know it'll be a wrench to leave, but hopefully it won't be long before you're back for more amazing adventures in Central America.

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