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                     Wonders of Panama and Costa Rica                      

An itinerary combining culture and nature in two neighbouring countries: culture with the discovery of Panama City, its channel and its history; then nature in Costa Rica with its volcanoes and regions rich in flora and fauna.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 2: Panama city - Miraflores water locks - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 3: Panama city - The Anton Valley
  • Day 4: The Anton Valley
  • Day 5: The Anton Valley - Boquete
  • Day 6: Boquete
  • Day 7: Boquete
  • Day 8: Boquete - Almirante - Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón
  • Day 9: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón
  • Day 10: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón
  • Day 11: Bocas del Toro - San José - Juan Santamaria Airport - San José - Arenal Volcano
  • Day 12: Arenal Volcano
  • Day 13: Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Reserve
  • Day 14: Monteverde Reserve
  • Day 15: Monteverde Reserve - Punta Islita
  • Day 16: Punta Islita
  • Day 17: Punta Islita
  • Day 18: Punta Islita - Juan Santamaria Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo

Arrival at Tocumen international airport in Panama City. First contact with the country. You will have a private transfer to your hotel. Please hand your travel documents.
Your English speaking guide will greet you in person and escort you to your hotel.

Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Panama city - Miraflores water locks - Casco Antiguo

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel for a city tour of Panama City.

Our first stop of the day will be in Panama La Vieja, first capital of the country before it was destroyed by the famous pirate Henry Morgan.

Then, we will head to the must-see Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks. The visitor center offers a view on transiting vessels of all sorts (container ships, cruise ships, or tiny yachts). It explains the history of the Canal and how the locks work.

We will end our day with a tour in the Casco Antiguo. This bohemian center of Panama City will make you travel in time and immerge into the the historical past of the country. Take a walk in the narrow streets bordered with colorful buildings leading to the Plaza de Francia. Discover the Art-Deco architecture, the cathedral and visit the Panama Canal Museum.

Note 1: the Canal Museum and Panama La Vieja are closed on Mondays.
Note 2: The order of the visits depends on the Canal schedule.

Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 3: Panama city - The Anton Valley

Departure by vehicle to reach the province of Cocle, specifically the Anton Valley nestled in the heart of an extinct crater.
Along the way you will see beautiful landscapes between lush fields and forests.
Arrival at the hotel. You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the attractions of the region.

Note: 2 hour drive.

Night at the hotel Los Mandarinos ****.
Standard room.
Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: The Anton Valley

Half day dedicated to culture and traditions with the Panamanian business community.
You will start by visiting the local markets and discover a place called El Chorro del Macho and Piedra Pintada and their stories. You will have the opportunity to see a petroglyph, etching into the rock, footprints of Panamanian indigenous past.
Then you can swim in the cascade of Pintada.

Night at the hotel Los Mandarinos ****.
Standard room.
Included : local guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: The Anton Valley - Boquete

Departure to Boquete, in the province of Chiriqui.
You will take the Panamericana and enjoy the changing landscapes to suit the road.
Along the way , we suggest you take a little detour in the province of Veraguas, to visit the Baroque church in the picturesque village of San Francisco de la Montaña .
Installation at the hotel in Boquete, known for its flowers and coffee.
Note: 6 hours drive

Night at hotel Finca Lerida ****
Standard Room - Vintage
Included : room & breakfast

Day 6: Boquete

Visit a coffee plantation to learn about coffee from seed to cup! The visit consists of a professional explanation of the treatment of the plant, an introduction to the methods of cultivation, harvesting and roasting organic coffee.

Night at hotel Finca Lerida ****
Standard Room - Vintage
Included : local guide, room & breakfast

Day 7: Boquete

Free day to enjoy Boquete and its surroundings. Located 1600 meters above sea level and with an ideal temperature throughout the year, the village of Boquete and its beautiful mountains, roads dotted with flowers, will delight nature lovers. Boquete is also known for its excellent coffee.

Suggested Activities - Contact us :
- Visit a coffee plantation
- Visit botanical gardens ( orchids )
- Bird watching
- Hiking and horseback
- Ascension of Volcan Baru
- Rafting
- Exploration of the canopy (zip line)

Night at hotel Finca Lerida ****
Standard Room - Vintage
Included : room & breakfast

Day 8: Boquete - Almirante - Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón

Departure by vehicle to the port of Almirante, gateway to the Caribbean archipelago.
Along the way you will encounter various landscapes of the Caribbean coast and will see the homes of the Guayamies natives.

Note: 4 hour drive.

Go to the port of Almirante and embark on a motorized boat heading to Isla Colón.
Duration: around 30 minutes
Price: 6 USD per person

Night at Punta Caracol Acqualodge ****.
Punta Caracol Suite.

Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Day 9: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón

Free day to rest with your feet in the water, enjoy the Afro-Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas, explore the National Marine Park of Bastimentos, swim among starfish, watch dolphins, look for small red frogs, or meet the Ngobe Bugle Natives.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Playa del Drago;
- Observation of starfish in Playa de las estrellas;
- Snorkeling and scuba diving;
- Dolphin watching;
- Surf;
- Sport fishing.

Night at Punta Caracol Acqualodge ****.
Punta Caracol Suite.

Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Day 10: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón

Free day to rest with your feet in the water, enjoy the Afro-Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas, explore the National Marine Park of Bastimentos, swim among starfish, watch dolphins, look for small red frogs, or meet the Ngobe Bugle Natives.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Playa del Drago;
- Observation of starfish in Playa de las estrellas;
- Snorkeling and scuba diving;
- Dolphin watching;
- Surf;
- Sport fishing.

Night at Punta Caracol Acqualodge ****.
Punta Caracol Suite.

Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Day 11: Bocas del Toro - San José - Juan Santamaria Airport - San José - Arenal Volcano

Domestic international BOCA DE TORO -SAN JOSÉ.
Welcome to Costa Rica ! Reception at the Juan Santamaria International Airport near San José , at 1150 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Valley.
First contact with Costa Rica, your private driver will give you your travel documents and will take you to your hotel.

Your english speaking guide will escort you to your hotel.
Leave early in the morning to go to the area of La Fortuna and its impressive volcano Arenal (1,635 meters).
On the way and if you have enough time, you will have the opportunity to discover the Poas volcano, which 1,6 km diameter and 300 meters deep crater is known as the biggest active crater in the world.
Visit the small volcano centre of the National Park. From a large viewing platform you will have an unbelievable view on a caldeira (collapsed crater) and its sulfur fumarolles. If the weather is clear you will also be able to see the Caraibe see and the Pacifique ocean.
Get back on the road to go to La Fortuna. Arrive in San Carlos and relax at the hotel near the volcano Arenal.
Note 1: rental vehicle pick up conditions and location to be confirmed.
Note 2: approx. 4 hours driving.

Late afternoon treat yourself to a relaxing time in the spa resort of Ecotermales in an intimate setting. The warm waters of "Eco Spa" come directly from the hot springs of Arenal Volcano, without ever coming into contact with the magma. This exceptional site is preserved from mass tourism, what makes it heavenly peaceful.

Night at the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.
Casita Deluxe Room.
Included : international flight, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, fuel, car rental, insurance, entrance fees, breakfast buffet , room

Day 12: Arenal Volcano

The tour begins with a 15 minute funiclular. to the heart of the forest, enjoy panoramic views of the Arenal vegetation in a safe, easy and fun way! On a clear day you can see the volcanoes of Costa Rica (Tenorio, Miravalles, Orosi) and the Gulf of Nicoya.

Then continue along a path of 1800 meters through the rainforest via hanging bridges above the canopy. Enjoy the biodiversity while crossing through this five bridges (20 to 37 meters above the ground)!

Night at the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.
Casita Deluxe Room.
Included : local guide, excursion (private), breakfast buffet , room

Day 13: Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Reserve


You will head to Monteverde, which reserve offers alpine pastures landscapes in the heart of the Tilaràn cordillera. Monteverde is worldly famous for its cloudy tropical forest which contributes to the reputation of Costa Rica as an ecotouristic country, it also shelters extraordinary fauna and vegetation.
On the way, you can enjoy the stunning view on the Arenal lake, that actually looks like a fresh water sea. You will pass Tilaran, Quebrada Grande and Cabaceras before reaching the clouds forest typical of the area and finally Santa Elena.

Note: approximately 3 hour-drive.

Night at Belmar Hotel****.
Peninsula Room.
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Day 14: Monteverde Reserve


Morning hike at the heart of the Biological Reserve of Santa Elena and its Cloudy Forest, in one of the wettest area of the country. You will wander in an opulent vegetation, where most trees seem prehistoric and are covered with moss.
It's a perfect opportunity to watch the numerous birds and animals living in the forest and to admire the stunning view on the Arenal volcano and the Guanacaste plains.

Suggested activities - contact us :
- Natural reserves: Monteverde, Santa Elena, Bosque de los niños.
- Birds watching.
- Orchideas garden.
- Rural touring: plantations of cofee, sugarcanes, cheese making plant.
- Watching the animal life (reptiles, amphibians, insects, butterflies...)
- Canopy exploration (supsended bridges, cable way, flying foxes)
- Trekking and horse riding
- Canyoning

Night at Belmar Hotel****.
Peninsula Room.
Included : entrance fees, breakfast buffet , room

Day 15: Monteverde Reserve - Punta Islita

Free time in Monteverde, then drive towards the Nicoya Peninsula to Punta Islita where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Pacific.
Note : 3 to 4 hours driving

A great range of activities is included (golf, hiking, horseback riding ... ). For more informaion, check with us.

Night at the Hotel Punta Islita*****.
Deluxe Ocean view room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 16: Punta Islita

Free time to relax in an idyllic setting.
You can also, if you wish, explore the mangroves and immerse yourself into deep sea fishing.

Suggested activities (Hotel Punta Islita) - contact us:
- Observation of nesting Olive Ridley Ridley (June to December)
- Dolphin Watching
- Kayak (sea, river, mangroves)
- Barra Honda National Park (caves)
- Fishing, surfing, riding, golf (9 holes)
- Observation of the seabed (mask and snorkel)

A great range of activities is included (golf, hiking, horseback riding ... ). For more informaion, check with us.

Night at the Hotel Punta Islita*****.
Deluxe Ocean view room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 17: Punta Islita

Free time to relax in an idyllic setting.
You can also, if you wish, explore the mangroves and immerse yourself into deep sea fishing.

Suggested activities (Hotel Punta Islita) - contact us:
- Observation of nesting Olive Ridley Ridley (June to December)
- Dolphin Watching
- Kayak (sea, river, mangroves)
- Barra Honda National Park (caves)
- Fishing, surfing, riding, golf (9 holes)
- Observation of the seabed (mask and snorkel)

A great range of activities is included (golf, hiking, horseback riding ... ). For more informaion, check with us.

Night at the Hotel Punta Islita*****.
Deluxe Ocean view room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 18: Punta Islita - Juan Santamaria Airport


Three hours before departure time is the connection with your international flight.

Meals are not included

IMPORTANT: depending on the time of your international flight, plan to sleep the night before in San Jose.
Included : private transport, shared transport

American Trade Hotel   Casco Antiguo

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

American Trade Hotel and Hall opened its doors in Fall 2013 in Panama City, occupying a lovingly restored landmark building in Casco Viejo. The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City

Los mandarinos   The Anton Valley

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Los Mandarinos Boutique Hotel is dedicated to provide you with a unique combination of comfort, adventure and wellness to enjoy the benefits of Valle de Anton.

Finca Lerida   Boquete

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Surrounded by gardens, our standard rooms offer a vintage atmosphere with Scandinavian décor noticeable in every detail. You can choose a room with one King bed or two Double beds.

Punta Caracol Acqualodge   Isla Colón

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Enjoy one of its exclusive cabins where you will have access to crystal clear waters from your private terrace or you will be able to observe the impressive sunset interrupted only by playful dolphins.

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens   Arenal Volcano

Level : 4*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a boutique 5 star hotel renowned for being a romantic and serene destination offering personalized services and high quality. Boasting stunning views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, Nayara Hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a lush tropical forest offering guests all the comfort and luxury in the heart of nature. Nayara is an ideal place for couples or honeymooners seeking privacy, romance and a natural environment. Nayara adds a special touch with baths with rose petals or providing a dinner under canddle light to make your stay even more memorable. The romantic and cozy atmosphere of Nayara will captivate you and seduce your partner.

Belmar Hotel   Monteverde Reserve

Level : 4*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

This upscale hotel is set in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and lies 1 km from The Bat Jungle zoo and 2 km from Monteverde Butterfly Gardens. Rustic-chic rooms feature wood floors and furnishings, and offer balconies and ceiling fans, as well as minibars and Wi-Fi.

Hotel Punta Islita   Punta Islita

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Punta Islita is Costa Rica's most unique and engaging destination. Its signature Authentic Costa Rica program includes a full menu of complimentary eco-adventures, cultural activities, and a learning program with your stay. Perfect for travelers who wish to live Costa Rica's authentic experiences. Couples and families are welcome!

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