Costa Rica & Panama Adventure

Costa Rica and Panama Adventure

September and October are the best time of the year to consider our Caribbean Coast for your Costa Rica Vacation. From Tortuguero down through Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Punta Uva there is nothing but the best dry season weather. Our Caribbean coast has an island feel with influences from around the world. More laid back, the area also offers visitors pristine beaches and and abundance of nature. This example of a Costa Rica & Panama Adventure trip visits our Caribbean and then heads to the archipelago Bocas del Toro, Panama. You can scratch 2 countries off your bucket list for the price of one!

This is an example package, contact us today to start planning your very own custom Costa Rica – Panama escape!

Day 1 ~ Arrival ~ (San Jose airport ~ SJO)

Transfer to Hotel – (approx. 15 minutes)

Check In La Rosa de America ~ Or similar hotel

Day 2 ~ Alajuela ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B,L)

Rafting Transfer on the Pacuare RiverThe Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world. You’ll experience the intimate nature of the rainforest via the river. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make this trip exquisite for your senses.

Located on Costa Rica’s Atlantic slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife, including parrots, toucans, deer, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, butterflies, and more. Add in the exciting Class III -IV whitewater rapids and you have a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you’ve returned home. You’ll raft from San Martin to Siquirres for 14 miles on exciting Class III-IV whitewater. Dropped off in Puerto Viejo.

Check In Banana Azul – Several room types

Day 3 ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B, chocolate tasting)

Animal Rescue Center, Waterfall Hike and Chocolate House Combo Tour – The Jaguar Rescue Center offers shelter, treatment and protection to ill or wounded wild animals in the South Caribbean area. The Center is run by Sandro, an expert in poisonous snakes, and Encar, a biologist with a vast experience with looking after wild mammals in captivity. Sandro and Encar started the Jaguar Center with the aim of saving the lives of as many animals that come in to the shelter, as well as trying to re-introduce them to their natural habitat, the forests of the South Caribbean. Their house has become a sanctuary for wild animals and they try to accommodate their jungle guests as well as they can: terrariums for the snakes, large spaces for the Congo monkeys to rest in after spending the whole day playing in the garden’s trees, special quarantine cages for the animals arriving seriously injured and also a large supply of medicine and an operating theatre for emergency surgery if necessary.
Chocolate House – Next we will visit an indigenous family where they make chocolate from the Cacao trees growing beside their house. You will learn and see demonstrated the process by which the cacao fruit is transformed into delicious and unique chocolate. You will have an opportunity to purchase some chocolate or other indigenous made handicrafts here.  Note the owners of the chocolate house speak very limited English so if you don’t speak Spanish your explanation of the process may take the form of a pantomine!
Waterfall Hike – Finally, you and your driver/guide will take a short hike (about 20 minutes through the jungle where you can see local plants and butterflies) to the Volio waterfall, a 12m high waterfall in the Talamanca mountains, where you can swim if you like. Should this waterfall be too dry, we will take you to an other waterfall in the area where you can enjoy swimming in the pristine nature pools.

Day 4 ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B)

Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip Combo – Parque Nacional Cahuita has the largest system of Coral Reefs in Costa Rica, including 6 species of coral, a wide range of colorful tropical fishes and the occasional encounter of a harmless reef shark or sting ray. This beach has a horse shoe shape, with the entrance of the park at one end and beautiful Punta Cahuita at the other end.

You will be picked up at your hotel and be taken to the village of Cahuita. There the captain and the guide are waiting for you to take you by boat to the coral reef where you are going to snorkeling for two hours in two different points of the National Park. After that we will go back to the beach for a rest and to have a snack with tropical fruits. The little break at the beach is followed by a 1 hour guided hike in this wonderful coastal forest: monkeys, sloths, birds, poison dart frogs, iguanas and other interesting encounters are common. During the hike you will also learn about the history of Cahuita. At the end of the walk, the van will take you back to your Hotel.

Day 5 ~ Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro, Panama ~ (B)

Transfer to Bocas del Toro (land & boat) – First thing in the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel by private shuttle. Pick up can be made anywhere in the Caribbean of Costa Rica, the arrival at the border will depend on the town in which you are picked up. However, from the Cahuita/Puerto Viejo area you will reach the border in approximately an hour. Upon arrival at the border, we will assist you in the crossing process. After crossing the border, your next private shuttle will be awaiting you. This will shuttle will take approximately an hour to arrive in the town of Almirante, where you will take a water taxi to the Islands. This transportation brings you through rich lush Panamanian landscapes.

Arriving in Almirante you will board a water taxi that takes roughly an hour to reach Bocas del Toro. Take the time to look around, as picture opportunities will pass you the entire journey, passing small island formations and surrounding mountains. The biology of the islands are constantly changing, growing and reforming, due to the volcanic movement beneath the waters. Due to these precious habitats many areas are environmentally and biologically protected, such as Red Frog Beach.

Check In  Koko Resort – Several room types – A fun hotel sitting on stilts over the water.

Day 6 ~ Bocas del Toro ~ (B)

Free Day/Explore the island – This is an optional tour day, relax the day away or partake on an excursion.

Day 7 ~ Bocas del Toro ~ (B)

Free Day/Explore the Island – Sea Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, several tour options await you on the island. Let us help you choose a tour this day or keep it free to relax and explore.

Day 8 ~ Bocas del Toro to Alajuela ~ (B)

Transfer to Airstrip

Flight to San Jose – A quick flight brings you back to San Jose

Transfer to Hotel – (approx. 15 minutes)

Check In La Rosa de America – or similar hotel

Day 9 ~ Departure ~ (B)

Transfer to Airport – (approx. 15 minutes)

Contact us to customize your travel experience to suit your travel style and budget!

Trip Includes

  • All Transfers Listed Unless Noted Otherwise
  • All Hotels Listed
  • All Tours Listed Unless Noted Otherwise
  • Meals Indicated Daily as (B,L,D)
  • All Transfer, Hotel, & Tour Taxes
  • FREE 24 Hour Trip Support
  • FREE Trip Monitoring
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  • An Adventure of a Lifetime