Panama & Costa Rica Holiday

Costa Rica, Panama


Panama & Costa Rica Holiday

This is an exciting road-trip along the infamous Pan-Am Highway. Begin with a boat tour in the Chagres National Park and visit Indian Villages. Then travel to the picturesque valley of El Valle de Anton in the Cocle province offering a variety of activities such as Indian petroglyphs, hot springs, waterfalls and hiking. Fly to the San Blas Archipelago, off Panama’s northwest coast, and spend time relaxing on the palm-lined beaches, or diving and snorkelling in the surrounding coral reefs.

Then, journey into Costa Rica and explore its mangrove forests and Cloud Forest. Immerse into the tropical landscape and take fantastic tree-top walks to watch its wildlife. Visit Arenal volcano and hike up its slopes to see the crashing red rock pouring out of the volcanos hot crater. Also visit Nicoya Peninsula and Montverde Cloud Forest. Optional activities include white water rafting, canopy walks, zipline and relaxing in the hot springs. 

What We Love
  • Explore the paradise-like setting of Chagres National Park
  • Enjoy independent exploration of the beautiful San Blas Islands
  • Take the fabulous Sky Walk Tour in Montverde ‘cloud’ forest
  • Stay near the majestic Arenal Volcano and explore its surrounds
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • For domestic flights and boat transfers, luggage entitled is 12 Kilos.
  • Panama is renowned for its riptides. Stay out of choppy water.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Panama & Costa Rica Holiday Panama: San Blas; Costa Rica: Nicoya, Tamarindo, Monteverde & Arenal
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Panama City On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at Casco Viejo.

Day 02 – Chagres National Park
Panama City Today with your private guide, visit a location often described as ‘paradise’. You will ride in a "piragua" (a native boat) along the route commonly used by the Indians for their daily transport along the Chagres River. Then, you will hike through the forest with a local indigenous expert guide, who will explain the botanical aspects of the trail and the culture of this authentic Chocoe-Embera village. In the village you will be welcomed into community life - members of the tribe will share their culture through dances, rituals, food, etc. You will have the opportunity to partake in jaguar body painting with vegetable ink. Late afternoon, return to Panama City and spend the evening at your own leisure.
Overnight at Casco Viejo (B, L)

Day 03 – El Valle Volcano
Panama City Take an early morning two-hour drive along the Pan-American Highway to the beautiful mountain town of El Valle de Anton in the province of Cocle. According to geologists, El Valle is the crater of a dormant volcano, probably the largest in Central America. The cool and pleasant climate in this picturesque valley rises approximately 720 meters above sea level and has a great variety of attractions such as Indian petroglyphs, hot springs, waterfalls, rock climbing and a variety of hikes for all abilities. Upon arrival, visit the Sunday Indian Market where large selections of native and national handicrafts are on sale. The tour continues with a visit to the ancient petroglyphs of the El Chorro Macho Waterfall and other areas of interest.
Overnight at Casco Viejo (B, L)

Day 04 & 05 – Transfer
San Blas Islands Today an early morning transfer to the domestic airport for a 20-minute flight to El Porvenir Island in San Blas. Then transfer by motorised dugout canoe to the San Blas Hotel on the island of Nalunega.

This rustic but charming hotel is managed by the Kuna community and has capacity for 24 guests. Fresh water showers and toilets are outdoors. Over the next two days, explore the area at your own leisure- visit beaches on the nearby islands and the Kuna community to learn about their culture and traditions.
Overnight in Yandup Island Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Transfer
Panama City Morning transfer to Panama City. Your afternoon is free to relax or go shopping. A folkloric show and dinner is offered at Tinajas Restaurant.
Overnight Bristol Hotel (B)

Day 07 – Transfer
San José/ Costa Rica Private transfer to the international airport your flight to San Jose. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel in San Jose.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 08 – Pacific Coast
Nicoya Peninsula This is an ideal place to spend a peaceful, yet exciting stay on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Remodelled with a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, the hotel boasts of fine national and international cuisine and a full breakfast buffet. Enjoy taking some of the optional tours available such as: horseback riding, fishing and wildlife observation.
Overnight at Tamarindo Diria Hotel (B)

Day 09 – Nature Tour
Nicoya Peninsula After breakfast visit the Mangrove estuary. The Mangrove tour offers fantastic insight into the important role the Mangroves play, not only as the habitat for a myriad of wildlife species, but for maintaining the fish stock. On this exciting tour, you will witness a vast array of animal, bird and reptile, including howler monkeys, anteaters and crocodiles, whilst receiving an education into the spectacular ecosystem of the forest.
Overnight at Tamarindo Diria Hotel (B)

Day 10 – Birdwatching & Nature Tour
Montverde Cloud Forest Travel today to one of the most eco-tourism oriented communities in Central America, and be inspired by the sights and sounds of the Cloud Forest in Montverde. Called ‘cloud’ forest rather than rainforest (due to its altitude the clouds pass through the forest), the birds, insects and exotic flora you will see in the canopies are unsurpassed, and you will stay in a lodge where you are surrounded by the seemingly mystical forest.
Overnight in eco lodge (B)

Day 11 – Sky Walk Tour
Montverde Cloud Forest Today you will visit the Butterfly Farm and Nature Centre, where there is an extensive collection of insects and a medicinal plant garden. Then in the afternoon enjoy the Sky Walk Tour. Discover the outstanding views of the cloud forest from the hanging bridges, platforms and trails in the forest canopy. The ecosystem will be explained in a guided tour.
Overnight in eco lodge (B)

Day 12 – Volcano Trek
Arenal Explore the National Park surrounding one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes- Arenal. Marvel at the spectacle of Arenal by night and watch the fiery eruptions against the dark sky. This is a wonderfully scenic area offering a panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano and the nearby tropical rainforest. The lodge is nestled in the forest and all rooms have a terrace overlooking the volcano.
Overnight in eco-lodge (B)

Day 13 – Transfer
San José Transfer from Arenal to Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose. Spend your day at leisure, exploring Costa Rica’s largest city.
Overnight at Quality Real San Jose (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Costa Rica Private transfer to the international airport for your onward flight (B)

Panama & Costa Rica Holiday Costa Rica, Panama

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Flight from the US are mostly routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.

When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas, the average annual temperature ranges from 10 C to 19 C at various mountain elevations.