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Costa Rica & Panama: natural paradise

Description

Come with us to Central America and we will show you the most beautiful places of Costa Rica & Panama. Sizzling volcanoes, lush green rainforests and fantastic coastal stretches make up the scenic landscape, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Follow the trail of the world's best coffee and we guarantee that you will come closer to this noble bean than ever before - spend the night in the middle of a coffee plantation.

Highlights

  • Travel in two Central American countries: Costa Rica & Panama
  • Experience contrasts: City flair meets exotic nature
  • Discover beautiful flora and fauna
  • Relax on Costa Rica & Panama's most beautiful beaches
  • Optional extension on the San Blas islands possible

Destinations

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica - Welcome to San José!

"Bienvenido" to Central America! You will land in Costa Rica's capital, San José, and a representative of our partner agency will receive you after passport control. After you have taken your luggage together and passed the customs check, your airport tour guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to your private airport transfer. You will drive together to your first hotel: Buena Vista. Located on a hill on the slopes of the Poá volcano, it offers breathtaking views of the central valley, which you can enjoy from the charming garden or pool. San José is the cultural center of Costa Rica. The National Museum and the famous Gold Museum are amongst its most important cultural treasures. Surrounded by beautiful natural beauty and numerous green mountains, the metropolis is located on a plateau, near the Poás Volcano and the Braulio Carillo National Park. Both invite you to exciting explorations. Drive from San José Airport - San José Hotel: 5 km / about 15 minutes. 1 night at Buena Vista***+ with breakfast in the standard Deluxe Room, San José, Costa Rica

Day 2: From San José to Turrialba - Discover volcanoes

Today, you can pick up your rental car at the hotel. You will be able to flexibly explore the wonders of the country with a vehicle - plus,you will receive a SIM card from us with 60 national minutes and breakdown service in Costa Rica. After breakfast, head to the Poás Volcano National Park, one of the most active volcanoes in the country. The journey is a real experience in itself: Take a short break, get out of your car and enjoy the great views of the picturesque coffee plantations, located on the crater rim. Tip: It is best to drive in the early morning to the Poás volcano in order to experience a cloud-free view. Walk along big-leaved plants to the main crater with its turquoise blue lagoon and experience the crater close to the viewing platform. It fumes, hisses and an intense smell of sulfur is in the air - simply an unforgettable experience. In addition to the Poás volcano, there is also the Irazu, the highest volcano in Costa Rica and within easy reach from San José. Located in the oldest national park, it is also very popular with the locals. Drive your car up to one kilometer to the crater or hike to 3,400 meters above sea level. Whatever you choose, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the huge crater in fine weather , surrounded by lush green mountains, and see both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Then continue along the scenic landscapes to Turrialba. This small town is located in a green valley surrounded by large mountains and a dense rainforest. Known for its numerous coffee plantations, Turrialba is also the ideal starting point for adventurous excursions. Explore the Turrialba volcano and experience a lot of fun. You can also go kayaking on the nearby rivers.  Drive duration: San José - Turrialba 95 km / about 2 hours. 1 night in a Casa Turire**** with breakfast in a standard room, Turrialba, Costa Rica.

Day 3: From Turrialba to San Gerardo de Dota - Experience Central America in a unique way

Your itinerary continues today to San Gerado de Dato. Visit the  Guayabo National Monument on the way. This important archaeological site lies at the foot of the Turrialba volcano and shows what the settlement forms of the country looked like before Christopher Columbus discovered it. Visit the pre-Columbian ruins and stroll along the well-kept streets with blooming flowers. After the great walk, continue your journey. Passing the former capital of Cartago, you will be able to visit the imposing Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, before reaching San Gerado de Dato in the late afternoon. San Gerado de Dato is a rural hilltop village surrounded by greenery and colorful fruit plantations. The Alps are reminiscent of a tropical rain forest and a real paradise for bird lovers - lush green hills, small wooden houses with colorful flower pots and small trout ponds in the garden characterize this unusual landscape in Central America. Drive Turrialba - San Gerado de Dato: 116 km / approx. 2.5 hours. 1 night in the Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge***+ with breakfast in a standard bungalow, San Gerado de Dato, Costa Rica

Day 4: From San Gerardo de Dota to Uvita - Humpback whale village

Wake up early today and we guarantee you that your effort will be rewarded: Wander through the cloud forest and observe over 200 different species of birds. With a little luck, you will see the elusive Quetzal, a greenish-red bird that once played a significant role among the Mayans and other indigenous peoples. Going along the Pacific coast, you will reach your next destination: Uvita. Located in the Ballena National Park, the small village of Uvita was named after the humpback whales which can be found there from December to April. The beach and small fincas characterize the picturesque coastal village and make Uvita a real insider tip. Distance San Gerado de Dato - Uvita: 114 km / approx. 2.5 hours. 2 nights at Cristal Ballena**** with breakfast in a Junior Suite, Uvita, Costa Rica

Day 5: Uvita - Coastal Paradise

The Ballena National Park was established in 1990 and is therefore one of the country's youngest national parks. Explore Uvita's surroundings today and let yourself be spurred on by the various activities. See turtles laying their eggs on the golden sands from May to October and discover the hidden spectacular waterfalls nestled in the lush green forest.The inland landscape is ideal for horseback riding. Gallop through the natural paradise and relax on the beautiful sandy beach. Various water sports activities await you in Uvita: kayaking tours, mangrove trips and snorkeling trips in the Pacific Ocean will turn your day into an unforgettable experience. See beautiful coral reefs, colorful fish and numerous green underwater plants. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze on a romantic evening walk on the fine sandy beach and visit the nearby Corcovado National Park, home to one of Costa Rica's best preserved rainforests.

Day 6: From Uvita to Golfito - Little Bay

After breakfast at the hotel, exit the beautiful coastal paradise and continue south along the coast road until you reach your following destination, the eco-friendly Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in Golfito. Esquinas has created the best balance between comfort and sustainability. Meals at the hotel are prepared with ingredients from the hotel's own garden. The best description for the accommodation is probably "an oasis in the rainforest, a perfect place for nature lovers." The unique flora of the house attracts an unimaginable variety of hummingbirds, but also the scarlet tangara birds and toucans. "Little Bay" is a small port town on the southern Pacific coast which, despite its growing tourist popularity, remains an authentic fishing village with beautiful beaches, such as the Playa Cacao, and exciting hiking trails through the lush rainforest. Travel time Uvita - Golfito: 88 km / approx. 1.5 hours. 1 night in Esquinas Rainforest Lodge**+ with breakfast and dinner in Standard Room, Golfito, Costa Rica

Day 7 - 8: From Golfito to Boquete - Oh how beautiful is Panama

Today you will experience the uniqueness of Panama. Drive south until you cross the Paso Canoas border to Panama. Your car rental will be handed over to you and will be greeted by an English speaking representative of our partner agency, who will take you to the capital of the province of Chiriqui David. Here you will get your new rental car and set off for the mountain village of Boquete. Boquete is located next to the Barú volcano, 1200 meters above sea level. Untouched natural landscapes, fertile land and pleasant weather characterize Central America's best kept secret. This holiday paradise is not only home to coffee plantations, where the world's best coffee is produced, but it also consists of an unforgettable space for nature lovers: hike through the cloud forest and catch a glimpse of the shy Quetzal bird or climb the Barú volcano. In addition to interesting hiking tours through the cloud forest, Boquete also offers a wide range of adventure activities. Rafting, canopying or mountain biking, for example. Golfito - Paso Conoas: 50 km / approx. 1 hour. Tour from David - Boquete: 46 km / approx. 1 hour. 2 nights at the Isla Verde Lodge*** with breakfast in the Small Roundhouse / Lower Suite, Boquete, Panama

Day 9 - Day 10: From Boquete to Boca Chica - Holiday paradise

Today, the journey continues to another beach paradise on your itinerary: Boca Chica. Fine sand beaches, emerald green mountains and a spectacular view of the blue Pacific Ocean make Boca Chica's landscape a place that makes all hearts beat faster. Excellent diving tours and the world's best fishing spots can be found here. Design your free day according to your personal interests and use the opportunity to observe whales from July to October. A boat trip to Boca Chica's nearby islands is also a great experience, simply unforgettable with a unique snorkel stop through the crystal clear sea. Duration Boquete - Boca Chica: 100 km / approx. 1.5 hours. 2 nights at ** Boutique Hotel Bocas del Mar \ * \ * \ *** with breakfast in a standard bungalow, Boca Chica, Panama

Day 11: From Boca Chica to Santa Clara - A dreamlike sandy beach

After breakfast at the hotel, leave the beautiful Boca and head to Santa Clara. You will drive on the Panamericana towards the east and reach your hotel for the day after about 4.5 hours. Relax after the exhausting drive on the quiet sandy beach of the same name and let the day fade away with a romantic evening walk in a dreamlike setting. Duration of the Boca Chica trip - Santa Clara: 307 km / approx. 4 hours. 1 night at the Villa Botero Bed & Breakfast*** with breakfast in standard room, Santa Clara, Panama

Day 12: From Santa Clara to Panama City - Experience the capital

Welcome to Panama's capital, Panama City. Countless skyscrapers, noble villas, green hills and the contrast to the historic old town characterize the image of the modern metropolis. Once you have reached Panama's largest city, you will return your rental car and be taken to your hotel by our partner agency. A stroll through the restored old town - called Casco Viejo - is an essential activity. You will have so much to see in Caso Viejo; the motto here is "old meets new". Stroll through the small winding streets and make a short stop at the many historic buildings, such as the National Theater. An absolute highlight is the magnificent view of the modern skyline of the metropolis - an impressive photo opportunity.  Trip duration from Santa Clara to Panama City: 111 km / about 1.5 hours. 1 night at Central Hotel Panama**** with breakfast in Premium Room, Panama City, Panama

Day 13: ¡Adiós!

Today your journey ends in Panama City. The transfer to the airport takes place during the day - but if you'd like an extension, just ask us!

Your accommodations:

Buena Vista***+, San José, Costa Rica (1 night). Set on a plateau on the slopes of Poás Volcano, this charming hotel offers stunning views of the central valley from the hotel's garden or outdoor pool. The Hotel Buena Vista has 30 warmly decorated rooms, all decorated in neutral colors and equipped with private bathroom.

Casa Turire****, Turrialba, Costa Rica (1 night ). Only 25 km from the Guayabo National Monument, the Casa Turire is an ideal hotel to explore Costa Rica's beautiful nature and to try out numerous sports activities, such as rafting, kayaking and paragliding. The hotel has 16 individually decorated rooms, all with a furnished balcony and a private bathroom with rain shower. Enjoy a coffee in the on-site bar and pamper yourself with a soothing massage at Spa Turire.

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge***, San Gerado de Dato, Costa Rica (1 night). This nature-loving boutique hotel is located in the cloud forest and spoils you with a great view of the beautiful nature. It offers modern rooms, all with cozy wooden interiors. Free wired internet, the on-site Le Tapir Restaurant, as well as a hot tub, sauna and steam room are featured at Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge.

Cristal Ballena****, Uvita, Costa Rica Only 15 minutes from Ballena National Park, the stylish Cristal Ballena Resort is set on a slope between the Pacific Ocean and lush green rainforests. All 18 rooms are spacious and boast a wonderful view of the sea. Relax by the large pool and enjoy first-rate relaxation treatments in the hotel's small spa area.

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge**+, Golfito, Costa Rica (1 night). This cozy eco-lodge is located in the middle of the rainforest a true paradise for nature lovers. All 16 rooms are equipped with lots of wood and a private bathroom and have a veranda from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the rainforest and observe the great variety of birds. Relax by the naturally landscaped pool and look forward to great hiking trails through the beautiful rainforest. Try local dishes and ingredients in the on-site restaurant, most of which are grown in the on-site garden. It takes only 25 minutes to reach Golfito.

Isla Verde Lodge***, Boquete, Panama (2 nights). The wonderful lodge consists of detached bungalows and a main house surrounded by tropical gardens. The bungalows are equipped with every comfort. Each is individually decorated. The park is Asian inspired. Free internet is at your disposal.The center of the resort is within walking distance.

Boutique Hotel Bocas del Mar****, Boca Chica, Panama (2 nights). Welcome to paradise. The luxurious boutique hotel is located on the seafront and has 20 rooms, all of which are bright and modern in style. All rooms are equipped with the latest technology and spoil you with a wonderful view over the sea. Relax with a refreshing cocktail by the two outdoor pools and enjoy the on-site à la carte restaurant.

Villa Botero Bed & Breakfast***, Santa Clara, Panama (1 night). Only 900 meters from the beautiful Santa Clara beach, this small bed & breakfast is run by a French couple. The white sand beach and the turquoise blue water invite you to relax. The rooms are spacious and bright, and the complex has an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Enjoy the popular breakfast buffet and start your day with home-baked bread, croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Central Hotel Panama****, Panama City, Panama (1 night). Located in the historic center of Panama City, it is the ideal base from which to explore the cultural heritage of the city. Each of the 135 rooms is decorated in a contemporary style and offers beautiful views of the Plaza de la Independencia, the cathedral or the city streets. Amenities include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, minibar, coffee maker, safe, ironing facilities and a desk. The La Central restaurant offers a wide selection of seasonal dishes and homemade pasta dishes. At the 9 Reinas Restaurant you can indulge in Argentinian delicacies. You can also enjoy a drink after a busy day or relax by the outdoor pool. Central Hotel Panama offers free WiFi. There is also a spa and a gym available.

Services and Infos

Travel duration: 13 days / 12 nights

Including

  • Transfers and transportation in comfortable vehicles by AC or by boat, according to the program
  • 12 nights according to the itinerary with meals as described
  • Detailed travel documentation with useful tips and information.

Costa Rica:

  • Transfer with an airport guide
  • 6 days rental car SUV Compact (Daihatsu BeGo or similar), including Drive Relaxed Package (unlimited mileage, basic + additional insurance, GPS, local SIM card with 60 minutes for national calls + roadside assistance, taxes)
  • Meals according to description

Panama:

  • Transfers according to the program
  • Meals according to description
  • 6 days rental car SUV (Kia Sportage 4x4) including unlimited mileage, fully comprehensive insurance and theft without excess, Liability insurance, taxes and one-way fee

Excluding

  • International and, if applicable, national flights for beach extensions
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Meals and drinks not included in the scope of supply
  • Optional excursions and entrance fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Limits on land (changes possible at short notice)
  • Departure tax of USD 7.- per person in Costa Rica
  • Guide
  • Gasoline, Motorway toll, Parking tickets, Parking fees, cashing charges
  • Supplementary insurance, such as occupant accident insurance and tire and glass insurance

Services & Notes

Rental conditions:

  • Minimum age: 23 years
  • The renter must have a valid driver's license, a passport and a valid return ticket. International driver's license is recommended.
  • A standard international credit card is required for deposit in order to rent (deposit between 500, - USD and 1,000, - USD)

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