Costa Rica & Panama Quest

Classic, San José to Panama City

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Recharge: Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano Carte Blanche: La Fortuna Carte Blanche: Monteverde Carte Blanche: Quepos Carte Blanche: Boquete
  • 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

Highlights

  • Soak in the thermal hot springs of arenal volcano
  • Watch the sunset over the pacific
  • Learn about coffee production and support a local community
  • Stare out into the crystal-blue caribbean waters in bocas del toro
  • Take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in boquete
  • Explore the panama canal.

Itinerary

Day 1 San José There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 San José/La Fortuna (1L) 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. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Hot Springs Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (4.00 hour(s), 150km)
Day 3 La Fortuna 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.
Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde Travel across Lake Arenal into the mountains and on to Monteverde Cloud Forest. Arrive to spend time enjoying this nature-lover's paradise. Included Activities: Guided Cloud Forest Night Walk Transport: Shared van (0.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Shared van (2.00 hour(s))
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.
Day 6 Monteverde/Quepos 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. Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (5.00 hour(s), 220km)
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.
Day 8 Quepos/San José Opt to chill at the beach in the morning before the journey by bus back to the capital. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 9 San José/Panama City 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. Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 500km)
Day 10 Panama City/Bocas del Toro 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. Transport: Plane
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.
Day 12 Bocas del Toro Spend another day exploring the archipelago.
Day 13 Bocas del Toro/Boquete Travel to the mountain retreat of Boquete. Nestled in a green mountain valley, this is an outdoor lover's paradise. Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours) Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours, 175km)
Day 14 Boquete Use a free day to enjoy numerous hikes or whitewater rafting. Opt for a tour of a coffee plantation.
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. Included Activities: Panama Canal Visit Transport: Local bus (0.75 hour(s), 42km) Plane (0.75 hour(s))
Day 16 Panama City Depart at any time.
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