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Explore and Relax Costa Rica and Panama Coast: Pacific route

13 days from £3,400pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Costa Rica / Panama

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Overview & Highlights

Spend time at an enchanting wildlife lodge in Costa Rica before moving on to Panama, full of delightful surprises and unspoilt landscapes. After these explorations, laze on a sunlit beach on Panama’s Pacific coast. 

Tiny Costa Rica is a volcanic country of fertile plains, rolling hills supporting acres of coffee plantations and tropical lowlands bursting with fruit. Throughout, it has a friendly, relaxed ambiance. Arriving at the modern capital San José, you’ll be taken out into the valley surrounding the city to peer into the steaming crater of Poás volcano. Move on to a wildlife lodge in an area of the Pacific coast where exotic flora and fauna is especially prolific, and follow trails through the rainforest.

Continue to Panama, an up-and-coming destination for nature lovers with some amazingly unspoilt beaches to boot. You’ll spend time in the glorious, rugged mountain landscapes surrounding Boquete, a centre for active adventures: you’ll be very tempted to pull on your walking shoes and get out on to the wooded trails in search of quetzals.

After this, travel to the Panamanian Pacific coast for a few days’ relaxation based at an intimate boutique beach hotel in low-key Boca Chica, a fishing village at the end of the road opposite a string of tiny islets. The beaches here are powder-white, backed by coconut palms and dense, untouched forest.

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  • San José: Guided excursion to Doka, Poás vocano and La Paz waterfalls
  • Osa Peninsula: Activities at the lodge
  • Boquete: Guided coffee farm visit
  • Boca Chica: Activities at the beach resort

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This itinerary offers a delightful holiday for those seeking adventure and relaxation. Whether it's a private cottage with a view of the Pacific Ocean or a stylish country inn in Panama's highlands, we have carefully selected properties that provide total relaxation before the next day's explorations.

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Chris Rendell-Dunn Travel Expert Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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