Panama - Costa Rica
Panamerican Highway
14 (Days / 13 Nights)

Are you seeking for diversion, adventure and new impressions? Then this excellent combination of exciting self-driving, scenic bus transfers, pristine beaches, untouched rainforest and thrilling cosmopolitan cities is made for you. The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads nearly 48’000 kilometres (29’800 miles) in total length. This fascinating road leads from Alaska in North America all the way to Chile in South America. According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world's longest "motorable road". This program takes you from Panama City along the “Panamericana” up to San José. Enjoy the selection we made for you and see a part of this very famous highway.



Included

•  Meet & Greet at the airport

•  Private and shuttle transfers on an A/C motorcoaches throughout the whole itinerary

•  6 days of car rental (Kia Sportage Automatic or similar) with basic mandatory insurances

•  2 Nts Tryp Panama, Standard Room (B)

•  2 Nts Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Garden view room (B) 

•  1 Nt Cubita Boutique Resort & Spa, Standard Room (B)

•  2 Nts Finca Lerida, Deluxe Room (B)

•  3 Nts Lapa Rios, Deluxe bungalow (FB)

•  2 Nts Cuna del Angel, Angel Room (B)

•  1 Nt Grano de Oro Hotel, Standard Room (B)

•  Shared Half Day Panama City & Miraflores Locks Tour

•  Shared Finca Lerida Coffee Tour

•  Selection of tours at LapaRios: Early and Sunset Birds Tour, Wild Waterfall, Local Medicine Tour, Rain Forest Ridge Walk,Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour and Night Walk, Pigs, Twigs and Garbage TourShared Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour

•  All taxes and service charges.



What to bring

In Panama City the people are very well dressed and take pride in their appearance. In the rural areas and because of the relatively large fluctuations in temperature it is always a good idea to have long sleeves and even a jacket for the cooler spots. Long sleeves are also comfortable at night as they will protect you from mosquitoes. You will want light clothing such as cotton tee shirts as well, as the temperatures can be quite hot. Be sure to bring a good pair of shoes for any excursions as open-toed shoes are not recommended. Also, be sure to bring a pair of beach sandals and light shoes for when it is much hotter out. And bring an umbrella regardless of whether it is the wet or dry season.

Basic Packing List:Sun screen,Light Jacket & Raincoat,Mosquito repellent,Long sleeved shirts & T-shirts,Medications,Sandals & Bathing Suit,Toiletry items,Comfortable walking shoes,Binoculars,Shorts & Long Pants,Camera,Hat or Cap

Day 01: Arrival in Panama City

After you arrived in Panama, our representative will pick you up at the airport and take you to your city hotel. Enjoy the free evening to relax at the hotel or go out to one of the city’s delicious restaurants and enjoy the exciting night life of the cosmopolitan capital.

 

Overnight at Tryp Panama, standard Room, Breakfast included.


Day 02: Shared Half Day Panama City & Miraflores Locks Tour

Today you will explore Panama City and learn more about the fascinating history of the capital. This guided city tour will lead you to impressive spots such as the sky scrapers, the posh mansions and a traditional market. Continue to the colonial part of the city, the so called “Casco Antiguo”. There you can see different historical buildings, squares and a beautiful church. Discover next the Causeway and be impressed by the magnificent views of both, the city skyline and the canal. To round up the tour you will then stop at the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Watch how the huge ships are lowered or lifted a total of 16 meters. For sure you will understand why the Panama Canal is called an engineering masterpiece.

 

Overnight at Tryp Panama, standard Room, Breakfast included.


Day 03: Panama City - Playa Blanca

Today you will be transferred to the nearest Car Rental office to receive your rental car. After a short briefing you will start your driving adventure and pass first the Bridge of the Americas heading north on the “Panamericana”. After a scenic drive of approximately 90 minutes you will reach Fallaron and the modern JBuenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy the free afternoon and relax at the resort.

 

Overnight at Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Garden view room, Breakfast included.


Day 04: Playa Blanca

Stay at the hotel and participate in one of the many activities offered by the resort or take your car and explore the beautiful mountain village of El Valle, approximately 45 minutes away.

 

Overnight at Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Garden view room, Breakfast included.


Day 05: Playa Blanca - Chitré

Continue to drive on the Panamerican highway through the heartland of Panama. The country’s interior is rarely visited by tourists but especially interesting. Almost all of Panama’s folkloric traditions originate from this region. After 2 – 3 hours of driving you will reach Divisa, and continue to Chitré. Free afternoon to explore the cultural and natural treasures of the Azuero Peninsula.

 

Overnight at the Cubita Boutique Resort & Spa, Standard Room, Breakfast included.


Day 06: Chitré - Boquete

After breakfast you will start your 4 hours’ drive on the Panamerican highway to David, the second biggest city of the country. There you have to turn right. Enjoy the scenic uphill drive to Boquete, the mountain village of eternal spring. Enjoy the free afternoon to discover the village and the beautiful environment.

 

Overnight at Finca Lerida, Deluxe Room, Breakfast included.


Day 07: Shared Coffee Tour in Finca Lerida

Your program of today will take you on a Coffee Tour in the coffee plantation you are staying.

Established by Tollef B. Mönniche in 1922, purchased by Alfred Collins in 1957, and developed and currently operated by members of the Collins family, Finca Lerida is one of Boquete’s oldest and most traditional Coffee Estates. Located in the Highlands of Boquete, at an altitude of 5,500 feet, on the foothills of the Baru Volcano, with its deep rich volcanic soil, this beautiful and traditional coffee estate offers optimum conditions for growing premium mountain coffee. The ample rainfall and sunny, dry harvesting season promotes ideal production of this Arabica. Mr. Mönniche designed and constructed the first “beneficio”, processing plant, functioning with water and by gravity, and designed and patented a coffee siphon which would be used in “beneficios” throughout Central America and other countries in the world. Lerida´s owner guided coffee tour takes you from the plantation through the process, roasting and brewing finishing with a cupping session.

 

Overnight at Finca Lerida, Deluxe Room, Breakfast included.


Day 08: Boquete - David - Paso Canoas - Lapa Rios

Today you will drive back to David and return your rental car at the airport. Afterwards our representative will pick you up and bring you to the Costa Rican border in Paso Canoas, where you will have to get your passport stamped. Please be aware that Costa Rican time is one hour behind Panama time!

Continue to Golfito. A scenic private boat trip of 30 minutes over the Golfo Dulce to Puerto Jimenez is waiting for you. On the way you will have the chance to spot dolphins playing in the water. Lapa Rios will be your home base for the next three nights. This marvelous eco-lodge is set in a private nature reserve of 1’000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. The lodge overlooks the pristine points where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean. You will feel just like in paradise.

 

Overnight at the Lapa Rios hotel, Deluxe bungalow, three daily meals included.


Day 09 & 10: Lapa Rios

During your 3 night stay, the following on-site tours are included:

Early and Sunset Birds Tour, Wild Waterfall, Local Medicine Tour, Rain Forest Ridge Walk,

Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour and Night Walk, Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour

 

Overnight at the Lapa Rios hotel, Deluxe bungalow, three daily meals included.


Day 11: Lapa Rios - Dominical

After breakfast you will travel back to Puerto Jimenez. Continue on the “Panamericana” in the northern direction. Your hotel “La Cuna del Angel” is situated just before Dominical. Enjoy the free afternoon and relax at the hotel or explore the beautiful, wide beaches and take a refreshing swim in the sea.

 

Overnight at the Cuna del Angel, Angel Room, breakfast included.


Day 12: Shared Whale and Dolphins Watching

This Combo Tour is the best option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The tour departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale Tale, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour we search for Humpback and Pilot Whales as well as three different species of resident dolphins. When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the Humpback Whales and or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. We also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine wildlife. While cruising in the boat, enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline of Costa Ballena; observe the diversity of pelagic birds in the Islets and the amazing caverns of Ventanas Beach (if conditions permit our experienced captain will navigate the boat through these wonderful natural water passages to give you a spectacular view

Whale Season: December to April & July to October. Dolphin encounter year round.

 

Overnight at the Cuna del Angel, Angel Room, breakfast included.


Day 13: Dominical - San José

In the morning you will be picked up for your private transfer to San José. Following the Panamerican highway you will pass the city San Isidro del General and the Cerro de la Muerte (dead man’s pass). Cross the Central Valley and reach San José.

 

Overnight at Grano De Oro Hotel, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 14: San José - Departure

Today our representative will transfer you from the hotel to the International Airport Juan Santamaria to catch your flight back home – or wherever you want to travel.

 

End of Services!


Dates Sgl Trvl Sgl Dbl Tpl Child
From: 01 NOV 18 To: 19 DEC 18
$6840 $5535 $4035 $3250 $1340
From: 06 JAN 19 To: 30 APR 19
$6840 $5535 $4035 $3250 $1340
From: 01 MAY 19 To: 31 OCT 19
$6295 $5090 $3550 $2860 $1135

•  Domestic flights & boat transfers have a luggage restriction of 25 pounds per person.

 

Excluding Holiday Season:

Fiestras Patrias 01NOV - 06NOV

Christmas & New Year 22DEC - 02JAN

World Youth Day 22JAN - 29JAN

Carnivals 01MAR - 05MAR

Easter Week 15ABR - 21APR

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