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Full Tour Itinerary

Pure Panamania with a dash of Costa Rica

  • Days / nights10 / 9
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$1470

Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in San Jose. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many renowned restaurants nearby.
Overnight: at the joining hotel.
Included meals: none

Day 2

Today we leave the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the laid back and relaxed Caribbean Coast.
Our public bus ride will last about 4 hours, and the landscape changes pretty dramatically!
From the bus station we will make our way to the hotel, check in and then head out on an orientation walk before retiring to the beach for the afternoon. Your choice of beaches, Black or white sand!
Overnight: Cahuita
Included meals: none
Included activities: Orientation tour by your tour leader

Day 3

We have reserved this morning a guided tour of the ‘Jaguar Rescue Centre’ located in near by Puerto Viejo. This is definitely a highlight and a great chance to meet some of the super stars of Costa Rica. Find yourself in ‘Sloth School’, or the nursery watching one of their specialists tend to one of their many rescues. It really is a magical experience to see the tireless work that these volunteers put in day after day! The afternoon is free for you to explore Puerto Viejo or return to Cahuita to enjoy the National Park, snorkelling or some more well deserved beach time!
Overnight: Cahuita
Included meals: none
Included activities: Included entrance to the Jaguar Rescue Centre and local guide.

Day 4

Today is a short travel day, with an interesting border crossing. The drive to Sixaola, the border town is approximately an hour. From there, we unload our luggage, pay our taxes, check out of Costa Rica and walk the bridge to Panama where we will be checked in. Please make sure that you have your departure flight information (out of Panama) ready for the officials to view. From the border we will be transported in our own private bus to Almirante, where we will board our speedboat for a 40 minute sprint to Bocas Town. Our expected arrival time to this wee slice of Paradise will be around 1pm. After check in, we will take an orientation walk and probably be in time to take in a sunset drink in one of the many waterfront bars! Meeting for dinner at 7pm.
Overnight: Bocas Del Toro
Included meals: none
Included activities: Orientation tour by your tour leader.

Day 5

A sleep in may be in order, or get up early and check out Bocas town (Colon as it is formerly known). We will meet in the hotel at 9am, and walk down to our floating chariot ‘Jager Knights’. Our captain will sail us through the crystal clear blue waters to Starfish Beach where you can swim, relax and admire the many starfish that litter the beach. From there we will continue on while lunch is prepared to the Coral Gardens. After lunch we can pop on our snorkelling gear and enjoy this stunning spot. We will return to Bocas town around 4.30pm.
Overnight: Bocas Del Toro
Included meals: none
Included activities: All day snorkelling adventure

Day 6

Departing the island after breakfast, we will leave Bocas Town for Almirante on a speed boat and our driver will be waiting to take us to the heights of Boquete. The drive is around 4 hours, through clouded forests, mountains and small towns. Boquete sits at an elevation of around 1200 metres so we climb a bit during this drive, making the views that little bit more dramatic and the coffee a lot tastier! Once we arrive to Boquete we will have an orientation tour, then head off on our coffee plantation tour with Café Ruiz. We return to the hotel around 4pm for a tour briefing for tomorrow.
Overnight: Boquete
Included meals: none
Included activities: Orientation tour by your tour leader, Café Ruiz coffee tour

Day 7

Today there are lots of options available to you. Hiking is very good in this area, you can take one of many trails with a local guide to remote waterfalls or to find the elusive Quetzal. If you are feeling very adventurous you could hike Volcano Baru. Horse riding, white water rafting and more!
Overnight: Boquete
Included meals: none
Included activities: none

Day 8

Our private bus will be waiting for us at 6am. We will drive to the city of David, where we will check in for our 45 minute flight to Panama City. Coffee and breakfast will be available at the airport for you to enjoy. Once we arrive to Panama City, we will take a walk along the Cinta Costera to enjoy lunch at the famous fish markets (alternative options available). Tonight we will enjoy dinner at the famous Balboa Yacht Club. It sits right on the shipping lanes of the Panama Canal. Brilliant photo opportunities!
Overnight: Panama City
Included meals: none
Included activities: Orientation walk, and walk around Cinta Costera with your tour leader

Day 9

Information on this day will be confirmed in your welcome meeting at the beginning of this tour. When available, your day will include a half-transit of the Panama Canal. When not, there is a fine alternative, and excursion along the canal to Cerro Ancon, Casco Viejo and Miraflores Lock. If you are due to depart for the Half Transit, time will be confirmed the night before.
Overnight: Panama City
Included meals: none
Included activities: Panama Canal Half transit OR alternative tour

Day 10

Our trip ends today. We hope that you have had a fabulous time, and we have managed to exceed your expectations! We are constantly trying to improve ourselves, so please take a moment to fill in our evaluation form. If you are flying out today, please refer to your tour leader for the best way to get to the airport.