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Costa Rica & Panama Quest

Where can you find world-famous coffee, surfing, and snorkelling? Well, technically this is a trick question because Costa Rica and Panama can both raise their hands for this one. This 16-day tour combines the best of activity hubs like Boquete and La Fortuna, with time to chill – or test your board skills – at the beach. From rainforests to the Panama Canal, this is the perfect Central America intro (or refresher) that’ll give your wallet a breather.

Latin America
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRPQ/206584
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: Panama City, Panama
You will Visit
  • San José
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Quepos
  • Panama City
  • Bocas del Toro
  • Boquete

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Drive to Sarapiquí to visit the G Adventures-supported Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. Learn about the impact this project has had on the community and sample some of the products they sell. Continue on to the Arenal region and take advantage of a free afternoon and a full free day to experience the adventure activities and natural wonders of the area. Enjoy an included relaxing soak in the local hot springs.
La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Opt to hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering.

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Day 3: La Fortuna

Free day in La Fortuna. Experience the outdoor adventures, amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area.
Spend the day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marvelling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about Costa Rica in La Fortuna. There are enough activities here to keep you busy all day long.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel by bus and boat through the stunning Costa Rican scenery up into the cloud forest. Take an included guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the jungle firsthand.
Travel across Lake Arenal into the mountains and on to Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Arrive to spend time enjoying this nature-lover's paradise.

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Day 5: Monteverde

Enjoy a free day to explore the cloud forest region of Costa Rica. Opt to fly across canopy ziplines, walk across suspended bridges through the forest canopy, or go horseback riding in the hills.

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Day 6: Monteverde/Quepos

Travel to Quepos, just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Opt to visit the park or relax on the beach in this fun surf town. Enjoy a night out and perhaps learn how to salsa.
Travel to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy Quepos or opt to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. The park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. The park boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and the warm turquoise water. Opt to swim, fish, kayak, surf or take a sailing trip.

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Day 7: Quepos

Enjoy a free day to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, sail, snorkel or surf in the Pacific. Opt to kayak through mangroves or relax on the beach.

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Day 8: Quepos/San José

Opt to chill at the beach in the morning before the journey by bus back to the capital.

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Day 9: San José/Panama City

Hop on a flight to Panama City and explore the most cosmopolitan city in Central America.
Panama City seamlessly blends a modern urban metropolis with history and colonial architecture. Spend time exploring Old Panama City, admiring sleek skyscrapers, or escape to nearby sandy beaches. Opt to join new members of the group for an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 10: Panama City/Bocas del Toro

After an early flight to David, travel by bus and boat to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. The islands are mostly covered in rainforest and have spectacular beaches. There are plenty of opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax on the beach.
The islands of Bocas del Toro offer much wildlife found only in this region, making it a unique place to explore. The islands are mostly covered in rainforest, and have spectacular beaches perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling or diving.


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Day 11: Bocas del Toro

Enjoy free time to explore these beautiful islands. Opt to take a boat tour of the area, go snorkelling, take a swim, or just lounge in paradise.

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Day 12: Bocas del Toro

Spend another day exploring the archipelago.

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Day 13: Bocas del Toro/Boquete

Travel to Boquete where a plethora of outdoor options await, including numerous hikes, whitewater rafting, or visiting a coffee plantation.
Travel to the mountain retreat of Boquete. Nestled in a green mountain valley, this is an outdoor lover's paradise.

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Day 14: Boquete

Use a free day to enjoy numerous hikes or whitewater rafting. Opt for a tour of a coffee plantation.

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Day 15: Boquete/Panama City

Travel to David and catch a morning flight to Panama City. Upon arrival, visit the Panama Canal including the Miraflores Locks and on-site museum. Enjoy a final evening with the group.

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Day 16: Panama City

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Recharge: Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano
    • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
    • Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Quepos
    • Beach time in Bocas del Toro
    • Panama Canal visit
    • Miraflores Locks and museum visit
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, plane, boat, local bus, walking
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