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Panama Experience
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From Nov 19

From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal at the centre of the Americas. Visit gorgeous islands and chill to reggae beats on Caribbean beaches. Search for the quetzal bird in cloud forests and shake your tailfeather in the clubs of Panama City. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs (Chief Experience Officers), you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRSP.C/260657
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: Panama City, Panama
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • San José
  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Bocas del Toro
  • Boquete
  • Santa Catalina
  • Panama City

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Travel to Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Enjoy 14km (8.7 mi) of incomparable white and black sand beaches, all surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.
There are several optional activities available: rent a bike or hire a boat to Manzanillo, hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca - Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, or try snorkelling. Feeling lazy? Take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.

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Day 3: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Rent a boogie board if the waves are calling, dance the night away to reggae and calypso, taste flavourful Afro-Caribbean cuisine, and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.

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Day 4: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/Bocas del Toro

Crossing into Panama, travel by bus, foot, then a boat to arrive to the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which means the bull's mouth. Enjoy free time while here to snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax on the beach.

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Day 5: Bocas del Toro

Enjoy free time to snorkel the blue Caribbean waters or look for red frogs at—where else?—Red Frog Beach.

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Day 6: Bocas del Toro

Enjoy free time to snorkel the blue Caribbean waters or look for red frogs at—where else?—Red Frog Beach.

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Day 7: Bocas del Toro/Boquete

Back on the mainland, settle in for a long day of travel before arriving at the mountain town of Boquete. A plethora of outdoor options await, including hiking, whitewater rafting and touring a coffee plantation.

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Day 8: Boquete

Opt to go whitewater rafting, tour a coffee plantation, or hike through the cloud forest.

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Day 9: Boquete/Santa Catalina

Enjoy a free morning in Boquete to soak up final moments in this lush remote town. After lunch, travel to the Pacific Coast for a couple more beach days. Santa Catalina has easy access to two black-sand beaches and is a great home base for fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, diving and surfing, as well as exploring numerous nature trails in the area.

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Day 10: Santa Catalina

Enjoy a couple lazy or adventurous days at the beach. This small, friendly, and laid-back town on the Pacific coast is the perfect place to wind down. Look up and see flocks of parrots as they soar the skies above the hills around Santa Catalina. Opt to hang 10 with a surfing lesson or explore beautiful Coiba National Park, part of the nation's largest marine park, described as a cross between the Galapagos and Cocos Islands.

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Day 11: Santa Catalina

Enjoy a couple lazy or adventurous days at the beach. This small, friendly, and laid-back town on the Pacific coast is the perfect place to wind down. Look up and see flocks of parrots as they soar the skies above the hills around Santa Catalina. Opt to hang 10 with a surfing lesson or explore beautiful Coiba National Park, part of the nation's largest marine park, described as a cross between the Galapagos and Cocos Islands.

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Day 12: Santa Catalina/Panama City

Leave the beach and travel to Panama's capital. Filled with colonial architecture and cobblestone streets line with cafes and bars. Opt to spend a night on the town with the group.

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Day 13: Panama City

Enjoy a free day to explore this iconic city. Opt to visit the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo, a World Heritage Site. In the heart of old town, check out its plazas, murals and ancient cathedrals by day. At night check out the restaurant and nightlife scene from a rooftop bar or sidewalk cafe.

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Day 14: Panama City

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Your Discover Moment: Boquete Your Discover Moment: Panama City
    • Beach time in Bocas del Toro and Santa Catalina
    • Panama City stay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (2 nts), hostels (11 nts, multi-share)
    • No meals included
    Transport
    • Local bus, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Listen to reggae rhythms wafting through the Caribbean air
  • Stare out at the crystal-blue ocean
  • Walk through lush greenery in the highlands
  • Kick back in a hammock on the Pacific Coast
  • Marvel at ships passing through the Panama Canal.