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Panama Experience

14 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-39

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 San José
Arrive at any time. Tonight, explore the La California barrio with your fellow travellers. Stop in at one of the many bars to get to know your group over a few drinks. Cheers to new friends and new adventures!

Day 2 San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Travel to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast to the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Enjoy 14km (8.7 mi) of incomparable white and black sand beaches, all surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.

There are several optional activities available: rent a bike or hire a boat to Manzanillo, hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca - Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, or try snorkelling. Feeling lazy? Take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.

Day 3 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Hop on a bike and ride to the beach with our CEO. Opt to rent a boogie board if the waves are calling, dance the night away to reggae and calypso, taste flavourful Afro-Caribbean cuisine, and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.

Day 4 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/Bocas del Toro
Crossing into Panama, travel by bus, foot, then a boat to arrive to the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which means the bull’s mouth. Enjoy free time while here to snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax on the beach.

Days 5-6 Bocas del Toro
Enjoy free time to snorkel the blue Caribbean waters or look for red frogs at—where else?—Red Frog Beach.

Day 7 Bocas del Toro/Boquete
Back on the mainland, settle in for a long day of travel before arriving at the mountain town of Boquete. A plethora of outdoor options await, including hiking, whitewater rafting and touring a coffee plantation.

Day 8 Boquete
Opt to go whitewater rafting, tour a coffee plantation, or hike through the cloud forest.

Day 9 Boquete/Santa Catalina
Enjoy a free morning in Boquete to soak up final moments in this lush remote town. After lunch, travel to the Pacific Coast for a couple more beach days. Santa Catalina has easy access to two black-sand beaches and is a great home base for fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, diving and surfing, as well as exploring numerous nature trails in the area.

Days 10-11 Santa Catalina
Enjoy a couple lazy or adventurous days at the beach. This small, friendly, and laid-back town on the Pacific coast is the perfect place to wind down. Look up and see flocks of parrots as they soar the skies above the hills around Santa Catalina. Opt to hang 10 with a surfing lesson or explore beautiful Coiba National Park, part of the nation’s largest marine park, described as a cross between the Galapagos and Cocos Islands.

Day 12 Santa Catalina/Panama City
Leave the beach and travel to Panama's capital. Filled with colonial architecture and cobblestone streets line with cafes and bars. Opt to spend a night on the town with the group.

Day 13 Panama City
Enjoy a free day to explore this iconic city. Opt to visit the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo, a World Heritage Site. In the heart of old town, check out its plazas, murals and ancient cathedrals by day. At night check out the restaurant and nightlife scene from a rooftop bar or sidewalk cafe.

Day 14 Panama City
Depart at any time.
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From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal at the centre of the Americas. Visit gorgeous islands and chill to reggae beats on Caribbean beaches. Search for the quetzal bird in cloud forests and shake your tailfeather in the clubs of Panama City. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs (Chief Experience Officers), you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure.
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Your Discover Moment: Boquete Your Discover Moment: Panama City
  • Beach time in Bocas del Toro and Santa Catalina
  • Panama City stay
  • Biking Puerto Viejo
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Simple hotels (2 nts)
    Hostels (11 nts, multi-share)
  • No meals included.
  • Transportation: Local bus, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Highlights
  • Listen to reggae rhythms wafting through the Caribbean air
  • Stare out at the crystal-blue ocean
  • Walk through lush greenery in the highlands
  • Kick back in a hammock on the Pacific Coast
  • Marvel at ships passing through the Panama Canal.
Accommodations
Simple hotels (2 nts) / Hostels (11 nts, multi-share)
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica: Hotel Kayas Place (or similar)
Panama City, Panama: Hotel Centroamericano (or similar)
Bocas del Toro, Panama: Hotel del Parque (or similar)
San José, Costa Rica: Hotel Lluvia de Oro (or similar)
Boquete, Panama: Hostal Boquete (or similar)
Santa Catalina, Panama: Oasis Surf Camp (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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