Brochure Type: Hidden Journey Central America 2017
The culture, contrasts and epic landscapes of Panama and Costa Rica are revealed on this trip, which ventures from capital to coast via Gamboa, Borinquen and Carrillo Beach.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... delving into local cultures whether it is riding a canoe to visit with the Embera Indians who live off the land in Panama or enjoying dance performed by local children in Costa Rica.
- City tour of Panama City
- Cruise a portion of the Panama Canal
- View the Nata basilica and Volcan Baru and Arenal Volcanoes
- Visit Panama Viejo, the historic district of Casco Antiguo, Gamboa Rainforest and Los Angeles Cloud Forest, Chagres and Arenal National Park, coffee plantations in the Chiriqui Highlands and in San Jose, Sarapiqui, Palo Verde National Park, Borinquen and Carrillo Beach.
- 15 full breakfasts.
- 8 dinners.
- 5 lunches (including 2 Be My Guests).
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Rain ponchos and umbrellas provided for your use
- A Trafalgar bonus - Intra-Air Flights: Panama City to David and Panama City to San Jose including porter service at airport
- Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage and local charges included
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
Call (317) 736-0528 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13153036
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 3/31/2017
- 16 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Panama City||Arrive Panama City (2 Nights): Bienvenidos a Panama City. You are greeted at the airport by a local host and transferred to your hotel overlooking the Bay of Panama. In the evening, join your fellow travel companions and your Travel Director at the hotel for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception|
Le Meridien Panama
|Day 2||Panama Canal Cruise||Panama Canal Cruise and Free Time: Board your vessel to cruise the Panama Canal. As you enter the most important waterway in the world, cruise down from the north end of the Galliard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. Cruise over the Continental Divide and under the Centennial Bridge and Bridge of the Americas. Snacks and lunch are included onboard. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, prepare for the best views of Panama City's modern, fast-changing skyline. Afterward, enjoy the evening in Panama City to sample local cuisine. Note: The start time of the canal cruise is dependent on ship traffic and in some instances the trip may operate in the afternoon.Full Breakfast, Lunch|
|Day 3||GAMBOA RAINFOREST||Panama City Sightseeing - Gamboa Rainforest (2 Nights): Visit Panama Viejo, site of the ruins of the original Panama City. Wander the quaint streets of Casco Antiguo-a UNESCO World Heritage Site-in Panama's Historic District. Afterward, stop at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum. Then head for the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the rainforest. Once at your resort, join a guide on an exciting nature walk and aerial tram ride. Visit the Observation Tower and admire the panoramic views of the Chagres River and Panama Canal. After dinner, join a discussion with a Smithsonian researcher, a Local Specialist, and learn more about the diversity of Panama. Full Breakfast, Dinner|
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
|Day 4||GAMBOA RAINFOREST||Gamboa Rainforest Sightseeing and Free Time: Embark on a different kind of water adventure and meet your boteros (boatmen) at the edge of the Chagres National Park. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths and monkeys. Arrive at the village of Emberá Drua where you are met with a traditional greeting and learn about the Emberá Indians' fascinating culture. Enjoy a Cultural Insight by tasting delicious patacones (fried plantains) with small samples of fried fish or chicken. Listen to local music and watch traditional shamanic dances. Back at the resort, the afternoon is free.Full Breakfast|
|Day 5||Boquete||Gamboa Rainforest - David - Cerro Punta - Boquete (2 Nights): Fly to David and travel up the mountain slopes of the Chiriqui Province. At Cerro Punta, take in the superb views of the prominent Volcán Barú volcano. An exclusive Be My Guest lunch awaits at a thoroughbred farm situated in Cerro Punta Valley. As guests of the owners, explore the farm and learn how they breed these magnificent horses. Later, arrive at your mountain resort in beautiful Valle Escondido.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner|
Valle Escondido Resort, Golf and Spa
|Day 6||Boquete||Boquete Sightseeing and Free Time: Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee in Panama is making a grand entrance on to the world stage of gourmet grounds. Learn about the coffee-making process with a Local Specialist and see the Ngobe-Bugle, an indigenous group who handpick the red coffee berries when they are perfectly ripe. The rest of the day is free before dinner this evening.Full Breakfast, Dinner|
|Day 7||Playa Blanca||Boquete - Santiago - Nata - Playa Blanca: Descend from the Chiriqui Highlands to Santiago. Then it's on to Aguadulce and Natá in Cocle Province, the heart of Panama's sugar cane industry. In Natá, view the beautiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in Central America. Arrive at your resort, nestled alongside the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy dinner on your last evening in beautiful Panama.Full Breakfast, Dinner|
JW Marriott Playa Blanca
|Day 8||San Jose||Playa Blanca - Panama City - San Jose: This morning, transfer to Panama City International Airport for an evening arrival into San José. Full Breakfast|
|Day 9||Arenal||San Jose - Sarapiqui - Arenal (2 Nights): Head toward the Poas Volcano area, where you visit a local coffee plantation. Learn about coffee production in Costa Rica from the owner and sample a cup of gourmet coffee. Continue to Sarapiquí, an off the beaten path area surrounded by dense rainforests and wildlife. Here you are welcomed by Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a Be My Guest experience at their home, Hacienda Pozo Azul. Enjoy a tour of the plantation before sitting down for a luncheon with your hosts. Afterward, continue to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the giant Arenal Volcano. The afternoon is free for you to relax before dinner. Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner|
Arenal Kioro Hotel Suites and Spa
|Day 10||Arenal||Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time: Start the day with an informative visit at the Asis Project, a wildlife refuge where you will learn how the centre helps preserve the life of endangered animals and get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals. Savour a typical Costa Rican lunch before an entertaining Cultural Insight, brightened by the dances of children at a local education center. Afterward, enjoy a guided visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level within the lush canopy. Back at the hotel, there is time to relax. Full Breakfast, Lunch|
|Day 11||Borinquen||Arenal - Borinquen (2 Nights): Today, head toward the Guanacaste province. Famous for its cowboys and cattle ranches, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking views of open fields. View Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, a smooth cinder cone volcano made up of 9 contiguous craters before arriving at your hotel in Borinquen. The beautiful resort offers an abundance of relaxing activities. Full Breakfast, Dinner|
Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa
|Day 12||Borinquen||Borinquen Free Time: The day is free for you to pursue your own interests. Thrill seekers can bike the miles of trails, zip line, take a hike, or set off on a horseback ride. The property's thermal hot springs and natural steam room are available if pure relaxation is what you're after.Full Breakfast, Dinner|
|Day 13||Carrillo Beach||Borinquen - Palo Verde - Carrillo Beach (2 Nights): Today, descend to Carrillo Beach. This white sand beach is a secret paradise framed by mountains. En route, enjoy a boat ride on the Tempisque River through the famous Palo Verde National Park. Cruise through 12 different types of habitats including 55 aquatic plants and 150 species of trees. After lunch is served in the park, continue your journey to the hotel where the rest of the day is free. Full Breakfast, Lunch|
Nammbu - Beachfront Bungalows
|Day 14||Carrillo Beach||Carrillo Beach Free Time: A white sand beach right off your bungalow, pristine and warm water and a beautiful blue sky-the perfect way to enjoy the "pura vida" way of living like the locals. The options are endless, and the choice is all yours. Your Travel Director is on hand to help you plan the perfect day. Full Breakfast|
|Day 15||Los Angeles Cloud Forest||Carrillo Beach - Los Angeles Cloud Forest: After a leisurely breakfast, travel to the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Later, join your Travel Director for a different type of experience as you are taken on a nocturnal visit through the Cloud Forest-when the sun goes down, the forest transforms itself like no other habitat in the world. You'll see countless species of animals, birds, insects and plants. Tonight, share experiences with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest Hotel
|Day 16||Depart San Jose||Cloud Forest - Depart San Jose: Travel back to San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Studio Hotel. Full Breakfast|
- Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
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- Hotel Class Key: D: Deluxe SF: Superior First Class F: First Class