Overview

Panama City - 2 nights 
Anton Valley - 1 night 
Chitré - 1 night 
Boquete - 2 nights 
Dominical - 2 nights 
Carara Area - 2 nights 
Arenal - 2 nights 
Flight - 1 night

Panama to Costa Rica

A journey along the legendary Pan-American Highway through Panama, northwards to Costa Rica, including the Panama Canal and Manuel Antonio National Park

The construction of the Panama Canal was an engineering feat of vast proportions, connecting the Caribbean with the Pacific. To witness the operation of the Miraflores Lock is unforgettable but the scale of the endeavour is best appreciated by a train journey along its banks.

Ironically, this ‘Path between the Seas’ cuts across another man-made wonder, the Pan-American Highway, the longest road in the world stretching from Alaska to Argentina albeit with a small break from the canal to Colombia. Travelling north along this legendary highway the landscape gives way to untamed rugged, natural beauty, virgin rainforest and stunning landscapes. Mighty volcanoes, unspoilt beaches, lakes, rivers and coffee plantations dot the slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range, home to one of the highest peaks in Central America.

With such a diverse natural environment, exotic species thrive and one particularly revered resident is the Quetzal bird, its metallic green plumage, crimson breast and incredible streamer-like feathers, a vibrant symbol of the ecological splendour. This amazing bird is seen in Panama, most frequently at Boquete, a notable centre of eco-tourism and also sighted in Costa Rica.

Manuel Antonio National Park is well known for its diversity of tropical plants and concentration of wildlife, whilst encompassing white-sand beaches with coral reefs and swaying palms, with rugged rainforest and riotous tropical birds. The park is home to iguanas, coatis, howler, squirrel and capuchin monkeys, sloths, and toucans to name but a few.

Key Features

Cultural & Wildlife Tour
New Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Eco-Friendly Hotels
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 5 – 19

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow via Madrid to Panama City. Spend two nights at the 3-star Radisson Panama Canal Hotel.

Day 2 Early morning train along the historic Panama Canal railway from Corozal to Colón. Continue to a traditional Emberá Indian village by boat. (B, L)

Day 3 A morning tour of Panama City starting at the Amador Causeway, including the Old Town, Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal and Miraflores Museum. Continue to Anton’s Valley, the largest inhabited volcano crater in the world. Overnight at 3-star Los Mandarinos Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Visit the Crater Valley Botanical Gardens and then continue to Chitré in the Azuero peninsula. Overnight at the 3-star Gran Hotel Azuero in Chitré. (B)

Day 5 Morning visit to the traditional colonial villages of the Azuero Peninsula before taking the Pan-American Highway to Boquete (5 hrs). Two nights at the 3-star Finca Lerida, which stands amidst its own private coffee plantation. (B)

Day 6 Morning visit to a coffee plantation. Afternoon at leisure or take a tour to view a wide variety of hummingbirds and search for the elusive Quetzal in the hotel grounds. (B)

Day 7 Cross the border into Costa Rica and travel to the Golfito area (3 hrs). Enjoy a 45-minute boat transfer along the coast of Golfo Dulce with its deserted beaches and dolphins to visit the Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden. Continue to Dominical for two nights at the 3-star Villas Rio Mar Hotel. (B, L)

Day 8 Morning optional visit to the local community of Bahia Ballena Village and learn about coconut production in the area (£42). Afternoon visit to the pre-Columbian Stone Spheres site at Finca 6. (B)

Day 9 Visit Manuel Antonio National Park. Continue to Macaw Lodge for two nights. (B)

Day 10 Early morning birdwatching walk. Afternoon visit of Macaw Lodge Sustainable Farm. (B)

Day 11 Travel to the northern plains of Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse places in the world (4 hrs). Visit the Eco Centre Danaus, great for spotting birds and mammals such as sloths, coatis and howler monkeys. Two nights in Arenal at the 3-star Volcano Lodge or Arenal Paraiso Hotel. (B)

Day 12 Visit the hanging bridges of Mistico Natural Park. At leisure or take a late afternoon optional tour to Ecotermales Hot Springs (£30). (B)

Day 13 Travel to San José airport (3 ½ hrs) for the overnight return flight to Gatwick. (B)

Day 14 Arrive London Gatwick.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2020

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room 

Iberia from Heathrow 
British Airways to Gatwick

Date Price
January 6 £3195
March 16 £3095
November 9 £2995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £595 (Jan-Mar £695)

Extension Options

Extension – Monteverde
3 nights £645
Single supplement £225

Independent Arrival

Save £800
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, itinerary as described, services of a naturalist guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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