PA2 PANAMA & COSTA RICASEARCH TOUR
Partial Canal transit Inter-oceanic Train journey Chiriqui Highlands & La Amistad Park Bocas del Toro: White sands & coral reefs Exploring the canals of Tortuguero Soaking in Baldi Hotsprings Monteverde Cloud forest walk
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 13 Nov 2015||Sun 29 Nov 2015||$4670|
|Fri 29 Jan 2016||Sun 14 Feb 2016||$4670|
|Fri 11 Nov 2016||Sun 27 Nov 2016||$4670|
Optional Single Supplement: $910 (number of singles limited).
This bounteous Central American country is one that is often overlooked by the traveller, a factor which, for many, only adds to its allure. We begin at Panama's most famous attraction; the Panama Canal, an tremendous feat of engineering and human endeavour. Boarding a ferry, we pass through locks that use not water pumps, but gravity to facilitate our voyage and we cross the Continental Divide before taking to land again and heading to Soberania National Park, whose trails tell stories abundant nature and colonial and history. We spend time in Amerindian villages and cast off on boats that have been used by the indigenous peoples for centuries before taking to the tracks on the Interoceanic Train, which follows the Canal though spectacular scenery to Portobelo, once the port of entry and exit for all of South America and a city stepped in pirate legend. We see Panama's nature at its best as our tour leads us through the Chiriqui Highlands with its cloud forests and astonishing arrays of flora and fauna, and when we cross into the Caribbean side of the country to witness the tropical paradise of Bocas del Toro, whose pristine beauty that bewitched Columbus when he first happened upon it centuries ago has changed little. Coral reefs, white-sand beaches and tropical forest keep us occupied in Bocas del Toro until we head to Panama City for a spot of exploration before crossing into Costa Rica. With a remarkable 25 per cent of the country protected by national parks and reserves, Costa Rica offers a nature experience like no other. We amble through lush jungles that come alive with the chattering of monkeys and the squawking of colourful birds and embark on a riverboat cruise to see the remote and untouched areas that other tour companies cannot reach. From relaxing in the bubbling hotsprings near the magnificent Arenal Volcano, to being spellbound by the mystical atmosphere as we take a canopy walk above Monteverde Cloud Forest, we see the best of Costa Rica and marvel at its nature.
Karl K. (Vancouver, BC, CA)
I found all of the food in all of the places where we ate: hotels, restaurants, excellent. In these countries we had bountiful fruit and fruit juices for breakfast and all meals, salads can be eaten in spite of having raw vegetables. Good fish and chicken. I thoroughly enjoyed the food!
Todd S. (Palo Alto, CA, US)
We enjoyed viewing the Panama Canal in so many ways - from a boat in the Canal, from the train, and from a viewing platform. We enjoyed the snorkeling in Bocas del Toro; the local guide showed us sea life as we snorkeled. We enjoyed the time in the Tortuguera Pachira Lodge; just sitting outside our room we could see interesting wildlife. We LOVED ziplining in Monteverde. The owner/operator of the butterfly museum in Monteverde was terrific.
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