Panama - Costa Rica - Nicaragua
Panama - Costa Rica - Nicaragua Adventure

In this three-week adventure you can visit Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Enjoy the culture, beaches and the most emblematic activities of the areas you will visit in each country. In Panama you can drive to several of the areas you will visit and in Costa Rica and Nicaragua you will be transferred to the different visited areas and activities.

 

In Panama you will visit: Panama City known for the Panama Canal; Azuero Peninsula recognized for its folklore; Santa Catalina where there are excellent surfing waves and Coiba Island is located; Boquete famous for its cloud forest and Bocas del Toro where there are beautiful islands with crystal clear waters.

 

In Costa Rica you will be in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast; in Arenal known for the perfect symmetrical shape of the Arenal Volcano; Monteverde famous for its biodiversity and forests, and Playa Hermosa recognized for its excellent maintenance and its “Bandera Azul”, an award given to beaches that demonstrate high environmental standards.

 

Finally, in Nicaragua you will visit the City of Granada, which is the oldest colonial city in continental America and considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America, and on Ometepe Island, which houses two majestic volcanoes connected through a small strip of land, Maderas and Concepcion.



Included

Included:

2 Nts Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Room (B)
2 Nts Presidente Las Tablas Hotel, Standard Room (B)
2 Nts Santa Catalina Hotel, Standard Room (B)
2 Nts Boquete Garden Inn Hotel, Queen bed & single bed room (B)
2 Nts Hotel Bocas del Toro, Standard Room (B)
1 Nt Namuwoki, deluxe Room (B)
2 Nts Volcano Lodge, Superior Room (B)
2 Nts Trapp Family Lodge, Superior Room (B)
2 Nts Patio del Malinche Hotel, Standard Room (B)
2 Nts Finca San Juan de la Isla Lodge, Standard Room (B)
2 Nts Bosque del Mar Hotel, Junior Suite Room (B)
Shared Full Day Panama City Tour & Miraflores Locks
Shared The Best of Azuero Tour (Full Day)
Shared Tour in Coiba Island (Full Day)
Shared Coffee Tour (half day)
Shared Starfish Beach, Boca del Drago & Bird Island
Shared Hanging Bridges, Waterfall, National Park Hike, Ecotermales Hot Springs
Shared Curicancha Wildlife Refuge Guided Walk
Shared Granada City Tour
Shared Cultural tour in Ometepe
6 days of car rental (Kia Sportage 4x2 or similar) in Panama
Basic mandatory car insurances & unlimited mileage
Drop off fee David
All Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches
All taxes and service charges.

 

Package does not include:

International Borders taxes.
Additional insurances and car extras
Optional tours
Room upgrades
Meals not mentioned above
Drinks
Tips



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 to Panama City you will be picked up at the airport and have a shared transfer to your city hotel. Enjoy your free evening at the hotel or go out and explore the cosmopolitan down town, the delicious restaurants and lively night life. 

 

Overnight at the Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


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

Your English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30 minutes’ drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9am to 10am and from 2pm to 5pm, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. You will enjoy the view on the Locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering.

 

 You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. After the visit to the Canal you continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side.  After lunch which will be served in an Panamanian restaurant, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. To continue the tour you will be taken to Panama Viejo, the Old Panama. Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by the notorious English bucaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel. 

 

Overnight at theTryp Panama Centro, Standard Room,breakfast included.


Day 03: Panama City - Azuero Peninsula

Today they will pick you up at your hotel in a shared transfer and take you to the car rental office so you can pick up your rental car, a Kia Sportage 4x2 or similar. You can decide in advance when you want to receive the car. After a brief explanation about driving in Panama, you are free to explore the country on your own. Drive to the Azuero Peninsula. This region is the folk heart of Panama. The locals have a passion for what they call, typical culture. Here they sew the national costume: skirts of bright colors, multilayer, frilly, pollera and make the innumerable masks of papier-mâché that are used in festivals.

 

Overnight at Presidente Las Tablas Hotel. Standard room, breakfast included.


Day 04: Shared The Best of Azuero Tour (Full Day)

Today they will pick you up at your hotel to do the Best of Azuero Shared Tour where you will visit different artisans along the way. Considered by many "the cultural heart of Panama," the inhabitants of the Azuero Peninsula live their traditions and folklore with great pride and express it in their daily lives. On this tour you will observe in detail the preparation of the pollera, one of the most beautiful typical costumes in the world, visiting artisans who have dedicated their entire lives to the preparation of this dress. You will also visit workshops of two local artisans dedicated to Panamanian folklore: One that makes the diabolical masks used for the dances of the Dirty Diablicos and the Great Devil; and another that makes the wooden drums that cannot be missing in typical Panamanian music.

 

Visit and learn why the town of La Arena is so famous for its pottery and try some pottery. Get to know the workshop where the typical Panamanian sandals are made, the famous “cutarras”. Lunch is included during the tour.

 

Overnight at Presidente Las Tablas Hotel. Standard room, breakfast included.


Day 05: Azuero Peninsula - Santa Catalina

Today drive to Santa Catalina. It is a small fishing village located in the Pacific Ocean in the province of Veraguas. It is home to world class black sand and surf beaches. The town is also the closest access point to Coiba Island, which is literally a tropical paradise, which offers a lot of wildlife to observe, jungle to explore and marine life for snorkel.

 

Overnight at Santa Catalina Hotel. Standard room, breakfast included.


Day 06: Shared Tour in Coiba Island (Full Day)

In the morning they will pick you up at the hotel towards the pier where you will take a boat that will take you to today's adventure. You will visit three different islands, Isla Granito de Oro, Isla Ranchería and Isla Canales or Cocos where you can enjoy the beach and snorkel. In addition, they will visit the ANAM Visitor Center Headquarters and the museum. Snorkeling equipment, Fruits, Ice Soda (Water, Sodas), Lunch and Lifejackets included during the tour.

 

Overnight at Santa Catalina Hotel. Standard room, breakfast included.


Day 07: Santa Catalina - Boquete

Today drive to Boquete. The trip from Santa Catalina to David is picturesque, with grazing horses and cattle; rice fields, coffee plantations and numerous rivers that descend from the Central Cordillera to the Pacific. Then, head towards the cloud forest on the eastern slopes of the Barú volcano to the growing Boquete mountain station.

 

Overnight at Boquete Garden Inn Hotel. Queen bed & single bed room, breakfast included.


Day 08: Shared Coffee Tour (half day)

Did you know that Panama produces some of the most flavorful coffee in the world? A relatively new player on the gourmet-coffee market, the country produces traditional shade-grown-coffee varieties that are generally considered to be more complex and distinctive than those produced by its more famous neighbor, Costa Rica. Most coffee plantations in Panama are concentrated around Boquete because of the high altitude required for prime coffee growing, and because of the region's fertile volcanic soil.

 

On this tour you will learn about the cultivation and process of the coffee bean and you will never look at your morning cup of joy the same once you have taken a coffee tour. Even coffee snobs will glean insight not only into the meticulous growing process but into the economics of the local Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous labor and culture, the shade-grown theory to protect the environment and to grow a better bean, the effect coffee has on the world, and what coffee producers really think about Starbucks. Tours are capped off with a cupping, which, much like a wine-tasting, gives you a chance to sample different flavors, strengths, and roasts.

 

Overnight at Boquete Garden Inn Hotel. Queen bed & single bed room, breakfast included.


Day 09: Boquete - David - Bocas del Toro

Today drive to David to return the rented vehicle at the car rental offices. In the office a private transfer to Almirante will pick you up. At Almirante, you will take a shared boat to Bocas del Toro, they will be waiting for you at the pier to transfer you to your hotel in a shared transfer. Enjoy the rest of the day off and take advantage of the hotel facilities and the relaxed atmosphere of the Bocas town.

 

Overnight at Hotel Bocas del Toro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 10: Shared Starfish Beach, Boca del Drago & Bird Island

Today's adventure begins with a short boat ride from Bocas Town to Bird Island to observe a wide variety of marine life and birds that migrate to the region each year. The mainland coast and the mountain regions of Panama serve as an exquisite background for photo opportunities. You will then venture to Boca del Drago for swimming, snorkeling and lunch at a popular restaurant on the tip of Isla Colon (lunch not included). Enjoy the white sand beach and culture that this location has to offer.  The full afternoon will be spent at Starfish Beach and a chance to see starfish in the sea. You will go to a beautiful area called the Playa Estrella "pool" for swimming, snorkeling and nature watching. Late afternoon your adventure returns to Bocas Town.

 

Overnight at Hotel Bocas del Toro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 11: Bocas - Puerto Viejo

Today you will leave Panama and travel further to Costa Rica. Take the shared boat from Bocas to the mainland where our representative will take care of you and transfer you to Puerto Viejo in a shared transfer. On the border you will have to get your passport stamped. You must do this process directly. Please remember that Costa Rican time is one hour behind Panama time.

 

Costa Rica’s South Caribbean Coast offers abundant wildlife, pristine rain forest and plenty of activities for the adventurous. The two charming villages of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita start to live on reggae rhythms at sunset with an authentic Afro-Caribbean atmosphere.  

 

Overnight at the Hotel Namuwoki, deluxe Room Breakfast included.


Day 12: Puerto Viejo de Limón - Arenal

Today you will have a be shared transfer to the Arenal area. Arenal's perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a traveler's dream, while the abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to mark things out of your "Things to do in Costa Rica" list. So visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes, cloud forests, a world famous lake for windsurfing and an incredible diversity of wildlife, it is only part of what you will find in this incredible area of Costa Rica .

 

Overnight at Volcano Lodge, Superior Room, breakfast included.


Day 13: Shared Hanging Bridges, Waterfall, National Park Hike, Ecotermales Hot Springs

Today you will enjoy a Combo Tour to experience the highlights of the Arenal Area:

 

Start hiking the rainforest through 2.5 km of bridges and trails at the Hanging Bridges. Hike and experience the 2 miles of the interpretive loop trail, crossing fifteen bridges, ranging from 16 to 330 feet long, suspended on the primary rain forest. This private natural reserve, with almost 250 hectares of Tropical Rain Forest, has a vast variety of native flora and faune species.

 

After hiking the Hanging Bridges, you will drive to La Fortuna waterfall for a view of the 70 m fall and a 600 m hike to the natural pool at the base, a chance for a refreshing bath in the pristine waters and later on a ride back to town for lunch.

 

After lunch, you will be taken to the Arenal National Park, a hike with natural and geological history of the volcano will be the prelude to the old lava flows. Later on, you will continue to the relaxing Ecotermales hot springs.

 

The four pools vary in temperature, with the coolest being 91º F and the hottest being 105º F. One of the pools has a refreshing, cascading waterfall that visitors are invited to stand beneath. Paths laid with volcanic silt run throughout the complex, connecting the pools, changing rooms, and restaurant.

 

This tour includes transportation, guide, all entrance fees, bottle water, cookies, lunch and dinner. 

 

Overnight at the Volcano Lodge, Superior Room, breakfast included.


Day 14: Arenal - Monteverde

The best and fastest way to Monteverde by far. A shared transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Lake Arenal, where a covered boat will be waiting to take you across the lake to Río Chiquito. A panoramic jeep ride of 1 hour and a half will take you from here to Monteverde, culminating this transfer of approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.

 

The Monteverde Cloud Forest was founded about 40 years ago by a small group of conservation-minded Quakers who were looking for a quiet place to live. The Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. This high-altitude rainforest offers miles of trails with excellent opportunities for bird watching.

 

Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge, superior room with breakfast included.


Day 15: Shared Curicancha Wildlife Refuge Guided Walk

Curicancha is part of 210 acre private wildlife reserve in the very heart of Monteverde, covering both lower, which encompasses premontane and humid virgin moist forests.  YYou begin your walk in a wide viewpoint of the Gulf of Nicoya, surrounded by 1,800 trees, recently planted, the issues related to the danger of extinction, which are part of the habitat of many altitudinal migrants, including the Quetzal Resplendent.

 

Your bilingual guide will guide you with history, importance of the area and consultations. You will follow a series of nature trails to the depths of the forest where you will learn about relationships, the critical roles of this incredibly complex and diverse habitat. You can be sure that there are many pairs of eyes following your progress but your guide is an expert in flora, fauna, insect habitats, birds and local animals.

 

Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge, superior room with breakfast included.


Day 16: Monteverde - Granada

After breakfast, private transfer to Peñas Blancas (border crossing between Nicaragua - Costa Rica). On the Border you will have to obtain a migration stamp in your passport. You must do this process directly.

 

A private transfer to Granada awaits for you on the other side of the border. Founded in 1524, Granada is the oldest colonial city in the isthmus; This heritage adds to the charm and character of the place. Today's Granada is a lovely city, its streets are lined with Spanish-style houses with large wooden doors that open to great interior courtyards. A wonderful city for walking, although some buildings seem to be on the verge of collapse, many others have been beautifully renovated and now function as a restaurant, hotel or residences.

 

Overnight at Patio del Malinche Hotel, standard room with breakfast included.


Day 17: Shared Granada City Tour

Explore and discover the famous city of Granada, established in 1524 by the Spaniard Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, the oldest colonial city on mainland America and considered one of the prettiest cities in Latin America. Visit relevant sites and colonial buildings as well as the San Francisco Convent and Church founded in 1524, which preserves some of the most interesting indigenous ceramic and statue collections. You will hear stories from real pirates, like the infamous Henry Morgan, and their adventures to civil war stories that burned toashes, sacked and destroyed the city several times.

 

Overnight at Patio del Malinche Hotel, standard room with breakfast included.


Day 18: Granada - Ometepe

Today you will be transferred with a private transfer to the San Jorge dock where you will take the ferry to Ometepe Island, at the Ometepe pier a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. The island measures 276 kilometers and houses two majestic volcanoes connected through a small strip of land, Madera and Concepción. Ometepe is currently one of the destinations most admired by local and international visitors for its nature, hospitality and beautiful landscapes.

 

Overnight at Finca San Juan de la Isla Lodge, standard room with breakfast included.


Day 19: Shared Cultural tour in Ometepe

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel to enjoy this day learning about the cultural history of the town of Ometepe and visit several of its main attractions. You will visit the small town of Altagracia, its antique Church and the stone sculptures that are around. Then, you will continue towards Punta Jesús María, a strip of sand that allows you to walk with the lake on both sides where you can see views of the Concepcion volcano.

 

You will also learn about the history of Nicaragua ceramics and coins in the small El Ceibo Museum. Then you will continue to Charco Verde where you will hike on the trails and with luck you can observe local fauna like Congos monkeys and visit the butterfly garden. Then, you will go to Ojo de Agua where after a long walk you can cool off in the pool of transparent waters, which is a spring of a river equipped for the comfort of visitors. Finish this activity with a visit to Finca Magdalena with an infrastructure that dates from 1880 and where you can hike through coffee and cocoa plantations and see the petroglyphs in the area. Transportation back to your hotel is included at the end of your activity.

 

Overnight at Finca San Juan de la Isla Lodge, standard room with breakfast included.


Day 20: Ometepe - Hermosa Beach

Today you will be transferred with a private transfer to the Ometepe dock where you will take the Ferry to the San Jorge dock on the mainland of Nicaragua. From here continue to Peñas Blancas (border crossing between Nicaragua - Costa Rica). On the Border you will have to obtain a migration stamp in your passport. You must do this process directly. A private transfer to Playa Hermosa awaits you on the other side of the border. Playa Hermosa, located just 20 minutes from the Liberia International Airport, is one of the best maintained beaches in the country.

 

This beach offers visitors crystal clear waters and beautiful landscapes, making it a very popular beach strip on the west coast. Winner of the "Blue Flag", an award given to beaches that demonstrate high environmental standards and excellent safety facilities.

 

Overnight at Hotel Bosque del Mar, Junior Suite room with breakfast included.


Day 21: Free Day

Free day to spend at Hotel Bosque del Mar and relax on the beach.

 

Overnight at Hotel Bosque del Mar, Junior Suite room with breakfast included.


Day 22: Departure day – Playa Hermosa - Liberia International Airport

Today a shared transfer will pick you up at Hotel Bosque del Mar and transfer you directly to the Liberia International Airport for your flight home.

 

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