per person based on 2 people sharing, including accommodation and road and boat transfers.
Discover the engineering feat that is the Panama Canal
Enjoy great walks in the Panamanian highlands, filled with coffee estates, volcanoes and rainforest
Sample sancocho or ceviche in one of Panama's many up-and-coming gourmet restaurants
Spot amazing wildlife in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce - great birding
Stay in individual and unique accommodation throughout
The best time of year to visit Panama is typically from December/January to April. The rainy season runs from May to December and tropical downpours can be torrential, so always pack good waterproofs if going at this time of year. Sunshine levels are highest in the winter months from January to April.
Costa Rica’s tropical coastal areas are warm and humid throughout the year. Much of Costa Rica is covered by rainforest so expect rain at any time, but the drier season on the Pacific coast is from December to April and the rainier ‘green’ season is from May to November with the heaviest rainfall being in September and October. Christmas, New Year and Easter are incredibly popular so it is best to book well in advance.
A fabulously varied itinerary combining the highlights of Panama and Costa Rica from buzzing cities, the world famous Canal, lush coffee plantations and majestic volcanoes to wildlife rich jungles, iconic national parks and off the beaten track beaches.
Discover the best that Panama and Costa Rica have to offer on this magical journey that begins in pulsating Panama City with 3 nights at the stunning American Trade Hotel in Old Panama. From here you can visit the famous Canal, dance in the coolest Latino clubs and discover why Panama City has become such a gastronomic capital.
Next discover Panama’s western side, exploring the dramatic volcanic landscapes, coffee estates and pristine cloud forests of the Boquete Highlands, staying 2 nights at the historic Panamonte Inn & Spa. Learn about the most expensive coffee in the world, follow mountain trails looking for the elusive quetzal, or just relax with a sundowner as you take in the splendid views towards Baru Volcano, the country’s highest peak.
From Boquete continue west to Costa Rica and the wildlife rich jungles of the Golfo Dulce. Nestled in the tranquil waters is the exclusive Playa Cativo Eco Lodge, which is accessible only by boat and set in 1,000 acres of private rainforest with both the Piedras Blancas National Park - a former extension of the Corcovado National Park - and its own pristine, sandy beach on its doorstep.
Surrounded by some of the most unspoilt rainforest in the world, Playa Cativo Eco offers an unrivalled opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. Excursions such as kayaking in the Rio Esquinas Mangrove-Ocean, hiking in the Piedras Blancas Nature, guided expeditions to the Nocturnal Rainforest, rainforest and wetland birdwatching tours, snorkelling trips, stand-up paddle boarding adventures, and dolphin and whale watching can be organised during your stay.
From Playa Cativo head by road and boat to Arenas del Mar near the famous Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Imagine wild, tropical beaches and rocky outcrops backed by lush forest home to monkeys, sloths and iguanas. Guests can hike the private nature trails, which include a hanging bridge and access to two sandy beaches. Tours and activities offered include white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, canopy tours, surfing at the nearby Espadillas Beach and horseback riding. Restaurants and bars are also within easy reach.
In the heart of the historic Casco Viejo, the American Trade is a stylish boutique bolthole. Decor transports guests to the glamour of the 1920s, with hand-painted tiles, polished dark floors and shady courtyards. A small rooftop pool adds to the allure.
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is located in the cool highlands of Boquete in the Chiriquí region of Panama and offers the most comfortable accommodation in the region, gracious hospitality, antique charm, beautiful surroundings and delicious cuisine.
Playa Cativo Eco Lodge is a beachfront boutique hotel on the Golfo Dulce offering an unparalleled experience set in 1,000 acres of private rainforest, surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, a former extension of the Corcovado National Park.
The secluded beachfront eco resort of Arenas del Mar is located close to Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park, home to wild, tropical beaches, unusual flora and fauna and rocky outcrops backed by lush forest.
Tropical birds circle overhead and the sound of the rainforest’s wildlife breaks the quiet calm as you make your way along this fantastic canal and engineering marvel. Navigating the Panama Canal is truly unforgettable.
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