From Wildlife & Beaches to Coffee & Canals – Panama & Costa Rica

Costa Rica & Panama 17-Day Holiday Itinerary

Prices from £1,998 pp

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Duration17 days / 16 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItinerarySan Jose - Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo - Bri Bri Village - Bocas del Toro - Boquete - Panama City

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Overview

Combine classic Costa Rica with the less-travelled treasures of Panama; travel through Costa Rica’s best loved jungles and beaches before journeying through the isolated village of the Bribri people and onwards into Panama. Lay back and relax on a quiet island and head into the hills to experience life on a working coffee plantation. Wind up your trip with a visit to Panama’s most famous landmark: the Panama Canal.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport (shuttle bus or car hire)
  • Excursions as described
  • Car Hire in Costa Rica – full insurance included

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We know the way to San José

After a long flight you’ll be pleased to see a representative from our local office waiting to whisk you away to your modern hotel. The next morning you’ll visit the office of our local partner where you’ll be greeted with a Costa Rican coffee. We’ll organise a two hour walk for you around the city with an English speaking guide to discover the secret sights of the city.

san jose city tour scenery

Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

The amazing landscape of Tortuguero is not accessible by road. Instead you’ll find rivers meandering through the pristine rainforest to the famous nesting ground of countless turtles. You’ll spend a couple of nights in a jungle lodge, with all of your food and boat trips included. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest, listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass.

Close up of monkey looking left

Reefs & Reggae of the Caribbean

After all that travelling you’re probably ready for a long stretch of sandy beach and a tasty Caribbean stew; well, Puerto Viejo is the place for both. The distinctly Caribbean feel means that you’re never too far from an intoxicating reggae beat or a tropical cocktail. You’ll also get your nature fix, visiting nearby Cahuita National Park to explore the colourful world both above and below the water.

Beach in Cahuita

Bamboo Boat to the Bribri Village

You’ll spend 2 days living with the Bribri tribe as you really get to know the indigenous people and their culture. Stay in an original Bribri cabaña with palm leaves for a roof, take a bamboo canoe on the Yorkin River and walk through banana plantations. Using your English speaking guide, and all your senses, you’ll find out how to make your own chocolate. Then, the best part: tasting!

tribe with hut

Night stay Puerto Viejo

You’ll return to the same comfortable, Caribbean-style hotel in Puerto Viejo where you stayed before. Puerto Viejo is a combination of spectacular surfing, sublime beaches and rhythmic reggae music. In the evening the town comes alive and you can enjoy the afro-Caribbean vibe, not to mention the multitude of restaurants serving fantastic fusion food.

Night stay Puerto Viejo

Panama Island Getaway

When you arrive at the dock in Bocas del Toro you’ll make your own way to your cosy hotel on Isla Colon. There’s nothing planned during your time here so you can do as you please. Walk along the beach, try some snorkelling, mountain bike or trek inland among the mangrove forests, creeks and rivers. Alternatively, just laze on the beach and soak up the sunshine.

beach with palm trees and jetty

Coffee Beans in the Countryside

In the middle of a lush valley, wedged between towering volcanoes, is your home for the next few days, Boquete. Surrounded by exotic flowers, plants and birds you can enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. The humid climate makes this the perfect place for growing coffee. You’ll experience the whole process from bean to cup, and even be able to take some roasted beans away with you.

customers making coffee in panama

The Canal and Cobblestones of Panama City

Panama City is allegedly the most cosmopolitan in Central America. The ethnic diversity has given rise to a wide array of restaurants for you to choose from; Panamanian-style ceviche, chicken kebabs, bluefin tuna sushi or tikka masala! During your stay you’ll visit the famous Panama Canal and let a local guide introduce you to the city; a world of historic buildings and cobbled streets.

man at the canal in panama
woman jumping in front of mountain in south africa

Speak to our Panama specialist, Ceri

"I know Panama really well and my most memorable time there was spent on the beautiful San Blas islands, living among the Kuna people. Its got such a laid-back atmosphere, plus stunning snorkelling spots too!"


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