From Costa Rica to Panama Cultures & Exotic Nature 13 Days / 12 Nights

Enjoy the exotic virgin canals in the tropical forest of Tortuguero, walk through the ancient lava flows of the majestic Arenal Volcano, learn about the Afro-Caribbean cultural and gastronomic richness, and discover the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama and its paradisiacal islands with crystal clear waters.

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Duration

13 days

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  • What's included :
    • 12x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    • Transport
    • Lodging
    • Entry/Admission - Tortuguero National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Requirements for Car Rental
    • Valid driver's license
    • Minimum driver age 21 years
    • The driver must carry a current driver's license from the country of origin
    • The driver must present a passport
    • Non-program activities and tips

  • Day 1: SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA (20 MINUTES APPROX.) 16.9 KMS

    Stop At: San Jose, San Jose, San Jose Metro, Province of San Jose
    Welcome to San José, Costa Rica.

    Reception at Juan Santamaría airport and transfer to hotel in San José.

    The capital of San José is located in the middle of the Central Valley and in the center of the country, considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. The city is located in a strategic point near the main tourist attractions such as: historical buildings, museums, theaters, artisan markets, beautiful parks, shopping centers and offers a varied gastronomic offer.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 10 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Wyndham Escazú
    Superior Category: Crowne Plaza Corobici

    Day 2: SAN JOSÉ - ARENAL VOLCANO (3.5 HOURS APPROX.) 135 KMS

    Stop At: Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
    In the morning, transfer to the North Plains where the impressive and conical Arenal Volcano awaits you, one of the natural wonders of the country for its majesty. Today there are no lava eruptions, but you can still observe the smoke and ash that spews off the top of the volcano. This region is an exquisite destination for its attractive landscape, its hot springs and Lake Arenal. Along the way you will be able to appreciate agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle farms.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Fire Mountain
    Superior Category: Arenal Springs

    Day 3: ARENAL VOLCANO

    Stop At: Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
    Depart in the morning for the walk inside the Arenal Volcano National Park, where it will take you through vegetation and changing terrain of the ancient lava rivers called las coladas.
    Later, hike to Río Fortuna Waterfall, located in a biological reserve of pre-montane transitional humid tropical forest that is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park. The path has 530 steps, with comfortable rest areas. Finally you can take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Fortuna River followed by lunch.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Fire Mountain
    Superior Category: Arenal Springs

    Day 4: ARENAL VOLCANO - TORTUGUERO (5 HOURS APPROX.) 174 KMS

    Stop At: Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero Costa Rica
    Departure in the morning until reaching the Guápiles area where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast. On the way, you will pass through banana plantations until you reach the jetty where you will board your boat. From here, the boat ride will continue, crossing rivers and canals, approximately an hour and a half until arriving at the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, guided visit to the picturesque town of Tortuguero. Dinner included at the lodge.

    Accommodation at the lodge of your choice.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Mawamba Lodge
    Superior Category: Pachira Group

    Day 5: TORTUGUERO

    Stop At: Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero Costa Rica
    Guided walk in the morning on the private trails of the lodge. Free time to enjoy the facilities before lunch. In the afternoon, boat tour through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero National Park is one of the wild areas with the greatest biological biodiversity, famous for being the habitat of seven species of turtles, surrounded by tropical forests and exuberant fauna. We also recommend the night turtle spawning excursion.

    Accommodation at the lodge of your choice.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Mawamba Lodge
    Superior Category: Pachira Group

    Day 6: TORTUGUERO - PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMÓN (6 HOURS APPROX.) 201 KMS

    Stop At: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
    Mid-morning departure through the canals to take ground transportation, after disembarking at the pier where a stop will be made again in the Guápiles area. After lunch, you will continue in regular transfer to the South Caribbean, Puerto Viejo de Limón.
    The Caribbean area is identified by its cultural richness full of Afro-descendant and indigenous nuances and that finally form a unique mix in the country.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Namuwoki
    Superior Category: Namuwoki

    Day 7: PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMÓN

    Stop At: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
    In the morning visit a rescue home for injured, sick, or orphaned animals where they are offered 24-hour care, otherwise they could not survive in the rainforest.
    Free afternoon to enjoy the beautiful beaches, covered with tropical vegetation and allow the mixture of adventure and history activities that is definitely complemented by culture, gastronomy and music. Coral reefs, multicolored sand beaches, coastal vegetation and medium-height forests stand out.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Namuwoki
    Superior Category: Namuwoki

    Day 8: PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMÓN - BOCAS DEL TORO (3 HOURS) 82 KMS

    Stop At: Bocas del Toro Province, Bocas del Toro Province
    Transfer to Sixaola where you will carry out the immigration formalities to cross the border with Panama and later you will be transferred to Almirante. In Almirante, you will board a boat that will take you to Bocas del Toro.
    This island located in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean Sea, has coral reefs, multicultural diversity and a natural beauty with exotic species of flora and fauna. It is made up of several islands and some keys.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Tortuga Beach
    Superior Category: Tortuga Beach

    Day 9: BULL'S MOUTHS

    Stop At: Bocas del Toro Province, Bocas del Toro Province
    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Departure by boat through the emerald water to Dolphin Bay to greet the many dolphins that inhabit the area. Then you will continue traveling to Cayo Coral where the characteristic local architecture with thatched roofs and the wooden piers connecting the different cabins, make Cayo Coral an impressive place. Later, you will visit the beautiful beach with incredible white sand scenarios called Playa Rana Roja, surrounded by extensive rainforest. Enjoy a snack on tour.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Tortuga Beach Superior Category: Tortuga Beach

    Day 10: BULL'S MOUTHS

    Stop At: Bocas del Toro Province, Bocas del Toro Province
    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Departure by boat to visit the picturesque and beautiful beach of Bocas del Drago located on the opposite side of Isla Colón, approximately 14-17 kms away, ideal for snorkeling when sea conditions allow it. Then you will visit a magical place where dozens of giant starfish are concentrated in Playa La Estrella, where nature will surprise you and you will live a unique experience. You will also have free time to enjoy its crystal clear waters. Enjoy a snack on tour.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Tortuga Beach Superior Category: Tortuga Beach

    Day 11: BOCAS DEL TORO - PANAMA CITY

    Stop At: Panama City, Panama City, Panama Province
    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the Isla Colón airport to board a local flight to Panama City. Arrival at the Panama airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to go shopping and explore the city on your own.
    Panama is a multicultural city full of contrasts, being an eclectic and fun destination. It is the main cultural and economic center of the country and offers a high cultural and gastronomic offer, being one of the cities with the best quality of life.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Radisson Decápolis Superior Category: El Panamá

    Day 12: CITY OF PANAMA

    Stop At: Panama City, Panama City, Panama Province
    Breakfast at the hotel.

    This day you will start your excursion with a panoramic visit of the modern city, continuing to the Canal Administration Building, followed by the Miraflores Locks with its Visitor Center. Back in the city, you will make a stop at Calzada de Amador and visit a handicraft center. Finally, you will walk through part of the Old Town, passing by Plaza Herrera, Iglesia de San Jose (Altar de Oro), El Arco Chato, Plaza Bolívar, the Cathedral, the Post Office Building.

    Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.


    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Tourist Category: Radisson Decápolis Superior Category: El Panamá

    Day 13: PANAMA CITY (40 MINUTES APPROX.) 20 KMS

    Stop At: Tocumen Aeropuerto, Calle Guillermo Van Der Hans Panamá, Panamá, Panama
    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to Tocumen International Airport, remember to be at the air terminal at least 3 hours before your departure flight.

    Happy return trip, we hope to have you visit again.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, San Jose Costa Rica
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Tourist & Regular Transportation 1/1/2021 - 2/16/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    2/17/2021 - 3/27/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    3/28/2021 - 4/4/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/5/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Superior & Regular Transportation 1/1/2021 - 4/4/2021
    Monday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Tuesday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Wednesday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Thursday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Friday:12:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/5/2021 - 10/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    11/1/2021 - 11/6/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    11/1/2021 - 11/6/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    11/7/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Group Size

10

Organised by Best of Costa Rica DMC

Activity ID: V-230807P15

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