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Mundo Verde Costa Rica & Panama

San José - La Fortuna - Arenal National Park - Tortuguero - Cahuita - Bocas del Toro - Colón - Bocas del Toro - Panama City - Panama Channel (10 days / 9 nts)  From $N/A

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Day 1: San José - La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano
In the morning you will be picked up at your city hotel and drive by collective bus (Interbus) to La Fortuna. Check-in at your hotel. This transfer is not guided; you will meet your English-speaking tour guide in the afternoon at the hotel Arenal Paraíso. After dinner you may enjoy the hotel‘s own hot springs until 10:00pm. If the weather is good, we will also approach the volcano to observe the volcano‘s activity. Return to the hotel.

Included meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Paraíso ***(*), Superior or similar

Day 2: Arenal National Park - Suspension Bridges - Thermal Springs
After breakfast, hike through the Arenal Nationalpark with the Volcano always in view. Later, you pass through a small forest until you reach an old lava stream from the year 1992. Afterwards, walk across the suspension bridges to observe nature and landscape from another perspective. In the evening relax at the thermal springs of the hotel and enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Paraíso ***(*), Superior or similar

Day 3: La Fortuna - Tortuguero
Today we will start very early. After a quick cup of coffee we will leave at 05.30h am and drive via Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and Horquetas to Guápiles, where we will reach the main road to Limón. Here, at 08.30h am, you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast before we continue to the area of La Pavona o Caño Blanco. This area is important for banana production and you will see huge plantations here. Your guide will tell you about advantages and disadvantages of the yellow fruit. Near La Pavona o Caño Blanco we will then continue by boat and you will cruise on rivers and channels along the beautiful nature to Tortuguero. The afternoon may be used for an optional visit to the Tortuguero Village and the Turtle Conservation Center (USD 2,- per pax). It is important to point out, that the local people used to earn their incoming with killing the sea turtles and sell meat and eggs to the markets in San José.
Thanks to many years of education and voluntary efforts of nature activists, almost the whole population lives from tourism and protect nature. After dinner and from July to September, you have the possibility to book an optional night tour to the beach of Tortuguero, where the endangered Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs in the sand (not included, costs US$ 30.- per person). Overnight at the lodge.

Info 1: Together with our group, there are also other participants on the Tortuguero Tour days 8, 9 and 10. Even on private operation basis, the transfer to Tortuguero is on seat-in basis. This can’t be changed.

Info 2: The luggage is limited to 12 kg per person. We recommend to pack the things you need for days 8 to 10 into a smaller bag and send the main luggage with the driver to San José. It will be stored in your hotel in San José for you.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge *** or similar

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park
Today we again recommend getting up very early. This will not be very difficult with the natural sounds of the surrounding jungle waking up. Shortly after sunrise is the best time to observe wildlife in the national park. This early morning t in a boat is included in the price. If you are lucky, you will be able to observe crocodiles, monkeys, turtles, sloths, bats, iguanas and of course allot birds. You will return to the lodge for breakfast Later that day, a rainforest hike is on your schedule to observe the local flora and fauna together with your guide and local guide. In the afternoon hours enjoy an included boat ride through the park and the narrow channels. Return to the lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge *** or similar

Day 5: Tortuguero - Cahuita
After breakfast, you leave the beautiful area of Tortuguero by boat. Near La Pavona o Caño Blanco, the bus is waiting for you. You drive to the Caribbean coast, passing the port town of Limón. With a little bit of luck, you can watch one of the huge transatlantic freighters or cruise liners passing by. We follow the coast to the South to Cahuita, a small village with a typical Caribbean ambience. Check in at the hotel. The rest of t he afternoon is at your leisure, enjoy it with a drink in one of the reggae bars and have dinner in one of the local restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Suizoloco Lodge ***, Standard or similar

Day 6: Cahuita – Sixaola - PANAMA - Bocas del Toro
After breakfast, we load the luggage once more on the bus and drive the short way to Cahuita National Park, where you will start for a walk. At the entrance, you will be kindly requested a small donation. Besides of many species of birds, with a little bit of luck you can see sloths, monkeys and some more inhabitants of the jungle. Afterwards you continue to Sixaola, border town to Panama (approx. 1 pm). Your guide will help you with the immigration formalities and you will cross over a quite adventurous bridge (approx. 1pm). In Guabito, the Panamanian border town, your new guide is already waiting for you and you continue to Almirante. Here, you will load the luggage on a boat and drive about 30 minutes by boat to the islands of Bocas del Toro, a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea, until arriving at the main Island of Colón. After a short walk check-in at your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. The main island is called Colón (Columbus), and the main town is Bocas del Toro. Here you will find bars, restaurants, shops and souvenir stands in a very relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. The main attractions of the area are the beaches and the underwater world, inviting for snorkeling and diving. Your English-speaking staff in the hotel will be happy to inform you about the activities and organize optional tours, if you wish.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Swan´s Cay *** or similar

Day 7: Colón / Bocas del Toro
As already mentioned, one of the main attractions of these islands is the underwater world. Today you will enjoy a boat excursion to Laguna Bocatorito, where you can admire dolphins. In a nice local restaurant you can taste some delicious seafood. Coral Key is an ideal place for snorkeling. In the afternoon you continue to the Red Frog Beach, where you have time to swim or to explore the island. Passing by Hospital Point, you return to the hotel on the main island.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Swan´s Cay *** or similar

Day 8: Colón / Bocas del Toro - Flight to Panama City - City tour
Transfer to the airstrip of the island. Then you will enjoy a 1-hour flight to Panama City. After your arrival, your guide will take you for a city tour, where you visit the ruins of the old city, destroyed in 1671 by the pirate Sir Henry Morgan, the cathedral and the National Theater. Later you drive to Miraflores to get a first impression of the Panama Channel. Miraflores is one of the many locks, and you can observe the large ships cruising through this technical miracle.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Country Inn & Suites El Dorado **(*) or similar

Day 9: Partial Crossing of the Panama Channel
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the dock, where you board a larger ship for the unforgettable partial cruise of the Panama Channel. While passing some of the worlds famous locks, you will get very interesting information about the construction, the problems and stories othis miracle of techniques. You can also observe other ships passing the locks. You will have lunch on the boat, afterwards return to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Country Inn & Suites El Dorado **(*) or similar

Day 10: Return flight from Panama City
Transfer to the international Airport Tocumen of Panama City, where our services end.

Included meals: Breakfast

Included:
- All transfers and transportation during the roundtrip in comfortable vehicles with a/c and by boat according to programme Costa Rica: 1-6 Pax: Bus with 12 seats, 7-12 Pax: Bus with 19-22 seats Panama: 1-4 Pax car, 5-9 Pax Hiace Bus, 10-12 Pax Coaster
- Water transport as per description
- Flight from Bocas del Toro to Panama City in torist class (without guide), including taxes and 20kg luggage allowance
- Accommodation at the mentioned hotel categories in rooms with private bathroom
- Meals as per description
- English-speaking guide during the roundtrip with the following exceptions: Day 1: no guide on Interbus transfer from San José to La Fortuna. No guide during flight from Bocas del Toro to Panama City on day 8. Guides change per country.
- All entrance fees for the mentioned excursions and activities
- Travel documentation with useful information (the program itself has to be provided by the travel agent)


Not included:
- Border fees CR-PAN, currently USD 3,- per person
- Airport departure tax Panama approx. USD 40,- per person (normally included in the flight ticket)
- Surcharge for complete Panama Channel crossing
- Transfer in and pre-night, if desired (will be charged according to the manual of ARA Tours)
- Transfer out on other departure days as the corresponding to this itinerary (will be charged according to the manual of Gapa Travel)
- Eventual Fuel Surcharges
- Optional tours
- Voluntary tips
- Beverages
- Additional meals
- All extras in the hotels