Von San José nach Panama City

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Day 1 to 1 – Arrive San José

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.

The capital city of Costa Rica, San José, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms. There is not much left of the colonial era architecture, due to the damage done by earthquakes, but it is certainly worth seeing the National Theatre, built in 1897. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch a performance whilst you’re here. The Gold, Jade and National Museums are also particularly recommended for a visit

There are plenty of interesting optional day trips that can be undertaken within a close vicinity of San José such as visits to the Poás or Irazú volcano, white water rafting, the Turu BaRi Topical Park or the Rain Forest Aerial Tram.

Optional Excursions: Jade Museum – US$15 • Museum National – US$4 • Butterfly farm – US$6 • Theatro National – US$5
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 2 to 3 – Manuel Antonio

We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to Manuel Antonio, where we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. It is also famous for its beaches – although almost deserted on weekdays, keep a sharp eye on your belongings, as the monkeys and raccoons are seasoned thieves!

Included Excursions: Manuel Antonio National Park
Optional Excursions: National Park guided tour – US$10 • Boogie-board / surfboard rental – US$5-$10/hr • Horse riding – US$40-60 • Rafting / kayaking – US$45-60 • ATV (quad bikes) – US$75 single – US$95 double • Damas Island boat tour – US$45 • Catamaran and snorkelling tour – US$75 • Butterfly garden, reptile lagoon and aquatic garden – US$35 • Night wildlife spotting tour • Jet Skis tour – US$95 • Surf Lessons – US$45 • Parasailing – US$60-75 • Enjoy the beach – free!
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 4 to 5 – Santa Elena

We travel to the old town of Quepos, once a very important port for the exportation of bananas. We then ascend a steep mountain road that offers great views over lush green hills that flatten to meet the Pacific ocean. We reach the small town of Santa Elena, established by American Quakers in the 1950’s.

From here we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the mysterious endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage. There are several paths to explore in this privately owned reserve, one of which takes you to the continental divide. On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen! We’ll also stop at the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar. The area around Santa Elena is famous for its ziplines, where you’ll have the option to go flying over the cloud forest on a series of cables strung out between the giant trees. For the less courageous, you may opt for a sky walk along a series of suspension bridges above the forest canopy. Along with the lovely horse treks, nature-spotting twilight walks, visits to coffee and dairy farms, you may find it hard to choose between all of the exciting excursions!

Included Excursions: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 6 to 7 – La Fortuna

Our next journey takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest using a combination of minivans and boats. The first leg to Lake Arenal takes about one hour 30 minutes. After transferring onto a boat, we can admire the stunning scenery of the lake for approximately an hour until we reach the other side, where we board another minibus and travel for thirty minutes to La Fortuna.

The main attraction in La Fortuna is the nearby Arenal Volcano, which has been constantly erupting since 1968 although is not doing so anymore. After settling into our hotel you’ll have time for a leisurely lunch and to explore the town. An exciting optional night excursion is available where you are taken to a site near the volcano and sample the local alcoholic spirit (proceed with caution!). After this, you may want to indulge in a visit the luxuriant local hot springs for a well-earned dip.

There is also plenty of free time to partake in a variety of spectacular and exhilarating optional excursions while in La Fortuna; a visit to the some local waterfalls, caving, rappelling, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse-riding, trekking, biking, and wild-life spotting.

Optional Excursions: Arenal Volcano hike and hot springs – US$40 • National Park – US$6 plus taxi • La Fortuna Waterfall – US$10 plus taxi • Ziplining Canopy Tour – US$84 • Rafting US$55-75 • Horse riding – US$65 • Mountain Biking – US$75-95 • Canyoning – US$90 • There are many other adventure activities of this nature on offer
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 8 to 8 – San José

We then return to San Jose for another night. In the evening there are plenty of world class restaurants to choose from and some great nightlife especially if you are here on the weekend.

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 9 to 10 – Bocas del Toro

We travel by bus to Panama, taking the boat to tranquil Bocas del Toro with plenty of options for water sports. The islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago offer the visitor a great diversity of attractions and natural environments; luxurious rain forests with an abundance of fauna and flora. These sunny islands have beaches, coral reefs & crystal clear waters that compete with the Caribbean’s best. You have two days to enjoy Bocas del Toro at your leisure. There are options for diving, snorkelling and kayaking expeditions, as well as bike rentals and boat trips to the nearby Mangrove Forest.

Included Excursions: Bocas del Toro
Optional Excursions: Diving – from US$35 • Night diving – US$50 • Snorkelling – US$20 • Kayak rental – US$3-5 per hour, US$18-35 per day • Water skiing – US$45 for 30 minutes/US$75 per hour • Catamaran sailing adventures – US$40 • Boat tours, which can include snorkelling, dolphin watching and beaches – US$15-25 • Butterfly farm – US$5 • Massages – US$25-55 • Learn to surf – US$25-35 • Board hire – US$2 per hour/US$10 per day • Bike hire – US£2 per hour/US$10 per day • Bocas Research Station – a non-profit organisation which researches tropical biodiversity, offers guided tours through the laboratory as well as nature trail, aquariums and touch tanks. Visiting days and times are limited to Thursday and Fridays, 2pm – 5pm – donation required • Caye Zapatilla national park, famous for beautiful beaches – US$10 (not including transport)
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 11 to 12 – Boquete

Then we travel onto the highlands and the charming mountain village of Boquete. Located on the eastern slopes of the Volcan Barú, Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for those who wish to bask in the cooler climate and marvel at the exquisite vistas. Boquete is known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama as the surrounding hills and slopes are covered in shade-grown coffee plantations known for their sustainable farming practices. These farms are recognised the world over by conservationists and are home to an abundance of birds equal to those found in the cloud forests higher on the mountain.

Coffee is primarily picked by the indigenous Guaymi during the months of October through February. This is considered a festive time and colourfully clad Indian families come from various parts of the province to harvest the coffee cherries. Tours through some of the coffee fincas of Boquete can be arranged for those interested in seeing this spectacle along with wide variety of bird life.

There are plenty of other optional excursions on offer; in fact Boquete is already building up quite a reputation as an ‚adrenalin town‘ with world class rafting facilities, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling at nearby Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono.

Optional Excursions: Rafting – US$60-90 (minimum 2 people) • Sea kayaking – US$90 (minimum 2 people) • White water kayak sampler – US$70 (minimum 2 people) • Isla Bolanos & Gamez, includes transport, lunch, snorkelling equipment, boat, captain and guide – US$90 (minimum 4 people) • Los Quetzales Trail, one of Panama’s most popular hikes – US$50-100 • Hike-Pre-Colombian Trail to the Waterfalls of Quebrada La Mina – US$50 • Private fishing charter – US$600 for the day (up to four people fishing) • Ruiz coffee tours – US$25 • Horse riding – US$35 • Mi Jardin, Su Jardin. This is a cute little garden just out of town with some funky decorations – free
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 13 to 13 – Panama City

Panama City is the crossing point to South America and home to the infamous Panama Canal which is definitely worth a visit, you could even hop on board one of the regular canal transits.

Other interesting sites are the archaeological site of Panama La Vieja, the first city founded on the isthmus by the Spanish in 1519. The remaining ruins are the vestiges of the city left by Pirate Henry Morgan when he sacked the town in 1671. The second colonial city of Panama, Casco Viejo was built in 1673 to replace the original town. Casco Viejo is now surrounded by modern day Panama City but the charm of this era remains in the colonial streets, buildings, and squares around the French Plaza. The architecture here is a combination of the colonial styles of the French, Italian, American and Spanish.

Optional Excursions: Panama Canal/Miraflores Lock – US$8 • Gatun Locks & the Interoceanic Train – US$5 • The Causeway, the Pacific entrance to the canal with wonderful views of the Panama City skyline – free • Cerro Ancon, a lookout with views of the canal – free • Panama Vieja, the ruins of ‚Old Panama‘ – free • El Casco Viejo. Wander the narrow streets and discover the Presidential Palace, Plaza de la Independencia (where independence from Colombia was declared in 1903), Plaza de Francia (tells the story of the French role in the construction of the canal, in Spanish, and is also a memorial to the 22,000 workers who died during the French attempt at building the canal) – free • Parque Metropolitano, botanical gardens – free
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels, hostels & guesthouses

Day 14 to 14 – Depart Panama City

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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