Costa Rica to Panama
13 Days / 12 Nights
An exciting multi-country tour of Costa Rica and Panama. Explore Costa Rica's national parks and some of the best beaches. Visit San José, the impressive Arenal Volcano, explore Tortuguero's canals, then continue with a few days on the country's southern Caribbean coast in Puerto Viejo de Limon and discover the afro-caribbean culture. From here we will take you to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro where you will spend a few days in a unique natural setting of living coral reefs in completely transparent waters. Finally discover the bustling Panama City before heading back home.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Costa Rica and Panama with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive San José (-/-/-)
Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Explore the city and its charms, its theatres, museums, shopping, or just enjoy a coffee while watching the daily life of the "Ticos".
Day 2. San José - Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning transfer from San José to the Northern Plains, the home of the impressive Arenal Volcano, a natural wonder offering you the chance to witness the cone-shaped crater. Along the way there, you will see various agricultural and ornamental plantations and cattle ranches, until you reach the town of La Fortuna. The town is worth visiting to walk and to have lunch or dinner. Your hotel is strategically located to appreciate the Volcano.
Day 3. Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. The resorts with hot springs and Spas represent one of the biggest attractions to enjoy in this region. Another claim to fame in the area is the amount of activities available: canopy tours, suspension bridges, aerial trams, a visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall either by walking or horseback riding, as well as other activities on Lake Arenal.
Day 4. Arenal Volcano - Tortuguero (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Very early in the morning, transfer to the Tortuguero National Park, your journey will take you through small towns and extensive banana plantations, until arriving at the pier. At this time, your travel continues by boat for about two hours on rivers and canals until you reach the hotel. After lunch, we will visit the village of Tortuguero. Dinner included.
Day 5. Tortuguero (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will tour by boat through the canals of Tortuguero. The Tortuguero National Park is famous for being the habitat for seven species of turtles, a great diversity of crustaceans and many species of freshwater fish. After lunch, you have free time to stroll and enjoy the surroundings of the hotel. Also, we recommend the night tour to see nesting sea turtles (based on the time of year).
Day 6. Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will journey back through the canals to Guapiles Restaurant, where we will enjoy lunch (included in our package). From here, we will take our shared transport to the South Caribbean, home of Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean culture. Puerto Viejo is one of the best beach destinations, with an amazing combination of colours.
Day 7. Puerto Viejo (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy of the facilities of the hotel and the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo.
There are many other activity options, such as visiting the Cahuita National Park, diving or snorkeling around coral reefs, admiring the beautiful hidden marine life, etc.
Another experience that you should not miss is to enjoy a typical Caribbean lunch or dinner.
Day 8. Puerto Viejo - Bocas del Toro, Panama (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will cross the border into Panama and visit the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which is bordered to the west by Costa Rica, and is composed of nine islands, 50 keys and more than 200 islets. All of these offer a wide variety of attractions and natural environments difficult to find in other regions – dense humid forests and rainforests with abundant flora and fauna, islands full of sun, beaches that compete with the best in the Caribbean, living coral reefs in completely transparent waters, mangrove islets in lake settings, indigenous Ngobe and Naso communities, and a biosphere reserve that protects the ecosystems and natural resources of the Bocas del Toro province as a tribute to future generations.
Day 9. Bocas del Toro (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have a free day to enjoy the beauty of the archipelago. You can visit beaches with unique scenic beauty and crystal clear waters full of colourful fish.
Day 10. Bocas del Toro (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Take advantage of the beautiful beaches and attractions offered in Bocas del Toro.
Day 11. Bocas del Toro - Panama City (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. At a convenient time, we will transfer you to the local airstrip at Bocas del Toro for your regular flight to Panama City. Transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 12. Panama City (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Panama is a modern city with many contrasts; its old town will transport you into the past of this great city. Another point of interest not to be missed is the Panama Canal, important route for the passage of merchant ships and cruise liners. If you like shopping, Panama is ideal; there are very famous world-renowned designer stores, and in their shopping malls you can find the best deals.
Day 13. Panama City - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS FROM £1,580 per person + flights
based on 2 people travelling together with shared transfers
The price includes:
Transfer in from the airport to the hotel
1 night accommodation in San Jose. Breakfast included
Shared transfer from San José to Arenal
2 nights’ accommodation in Arenal. Breakfast included
Shared ground transfer from Arenal to the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco
Shared boat transfer from the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco to the hotel in Tortuguero.
2 nights & 3 days package in Tortuguero, with full board included
Hike in the Tortuguero Village
Hike in the private trails of the hotel
Boat excursion through the Tortuguero Canals
Entrance fee to the Tortuguero National Park
Shared boat transfer from the hotel to the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco
Shared ground transfer from the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco to Guapiles
Shared transfer from Guápiles to Puerto Viejo de Limón
2 nights’ accommodation in Puerto Viejo
Shared transfer from Puerto Viejo de Limón to Bocas del Toro.
3 nights’ accommodation in Bocas del Toro
Shared transfer to the local airstrip at Bocas del Toro
Flight from Bocas del Toro to Panama City
Transfer from Albrook Airport to Panama City
2 nights’ accommodation in Panama City
Transfer from the hotel of your choice in Panama City to the Tocumen Airport
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Costa Rica and back from Panama. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Private transfer surcharges if required
Full cover insurance in case of self drive option
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