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9-Day Caribbean Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro Adventurer

9-Day Caribbean Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro Adventurer

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9-Day Caribbean Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro Adventurer
from $1895 USD

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Experience exhilarating Caribbean locations at secluded comfortable eco-lodges on this unforgettable journey to Costa Rica and Panama! This is the perfect trip to totally unplug and escape. We take you from the lush jungles of Bananito Sur to the beautiful beaches of Cahuita & Bocas del Toro. We'll raft Central America's #1 river, the Pacuare River, and enjoy the original waterfall rappelling tour in Costa Rica at the fantastic Selva Bananito Eco-Lodge, located on the edge of Central America's largest nature preserve. From there, you'll visit Cahuita National Park, one of Costa Rica's top wildlife parks. It is lush, on the ocean and full of wildlife, similar to Manuel Antonio, but without the crowds of Manuel Antonio. From there, we assist you across the border to Panama, and soon you are in the sublime realms of Bocas del Toro Islands. Here enjoy several days to relax and restore yourself before heading back to San Jose and home.


-- Flights from Bocas del Toro to San Jose may be available only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. This flight arrives into Pavas (the domestic airport) in San Jose, Costa Rica typically around 9:00 a.m. We advise you book your international departure flight from San Jose 1 pm or later (or schedule a hotel night in San Jose and depart next day).

-- Departing on an international flight out of Panama City is also possible (any day).

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Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Arrive at Juan Santamaroa International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. You will be met and transferred to your hotel by the arrivals manager. Overnight in San Jose at the centrally located El Presidente Hotel in downtown San Jose.

Meals included: n/a
Luxury Accommodations: El President

Day 2: Pacuare River Rafting

Early this morning, we'll depart down the famous Pacuare River for an exciting class III/IV white water rafting trip through a beautiful expanse of rainforest. After the safety briefing, join your professional guides for 25 miles and 2 1/2 hours of fantastic rapids. At the take out, enjoy lunch, after which your driver will meet you and take you to the serene Selva Bananito Lodge. Selva Bananito is an extraordinary example for ecotourism: nature and adventure tourism services nestled in a pristine region of Costa Rica's Caribbean area, the Talamanca Mountains. The private reserve, Selva Bananito, is an important buffer zone or transition area to the 'International Park La Amistad'. Selva Bananito Ecolodge has achieved worldwide recognition as an example for Costa Rica ecotourism. Overnight at the comfortable Selva Bananito Lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Selva Bananito Ecolodge and Preserve

Day 3: Free day for optional horse riding in the rainforest, canyoning, or tree-climbing

Today is at your leisure to relax or enjoy the full day guided river hike with 2 waterfall rappels, or an introductory tree climbing and horseback riding combination tour. Overnight at Selva Bananito Lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Selva Bananito Ecolodge and Preserve

Day 4: Free morning / Transfer to Cahuita on the Carribean coast

This morning is free. You'll have time to relax around the lodge or you can take another optional active tour at extra cost before heading towards the laid-back Caribbean coastal town of Cahuita. You'll get a packed picnic lunch before departing. On arrival, settle in and relax. This afternoon is yours free to relax by the pool, stroll to the beach across the road or make a carefree wander into town, just 5 minutes away. Overnight in Cahuita at El Encanto Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Luxury Accommodations: El Encanto Hotel

Day 5: Wildlife hike / Free afternoon

Today enjoy a morning naturalist walk at nearby the Cahuita National Park, situated on fine Caribbean beaches and harboring a glorious stretch of rainforest reminiscent of Manuel Antonio. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe the classic Costa Rica wildlife which inhabits this park such as sloths, monkeys & many different species of birds, frogs, lizards, insects, and colorful snakes. Afterwards, we'll return to El Encanto for your overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast
Luxury Accommodations: El Encanto Hotel

Day 6: Early morning departure to the beautiful islands Bocas del Toro

Today an early morning private transfer will take you to Almirante in Panama, with assistance at the border, from here, you will board a boat to your lodge in Bastimentos Islands on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Overnight in Bocas del Toro. Our standrad property (included) is Eclypse de Mar, however you can customize and stay in - for example - Al Natural Lodge (for about US$100-200/person extra) or the remarkable Tranquillo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge (for approximately $1000/person extra).

Eclypse de Mar: This is an ideal property for couples. It's very romantic, with bungalows right over the water hosting 4 poster beds and billowing sheets as the warm sea winds course through open french doors facing the water. Besides unique accommodations, the property also offers wonderful excursions everyday and personalized service. It's situated over the water relatively close to Bocas Town and Bastimentos, so travelers who enjoy varied dining and more time in these Caribbean villages will also enjoy stays here!

Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge: This is one of my favorite eco-lodges in all of Central America for birders, lovers of sea adventures, families and people who simply and truly want to get away from it all. Tranquilo Bay is remote and quiet, with just 6 deluxe air-conditioned cabanas perched on a small hilltop, surrounded by pristine rainforest, mangroves, and sea. Right from the lodge you can go on fantastic guided nature walks (with excellent birding) plus enjoy snorkeling and sea kayaking in the lush mangrove forests and tranquil bays full of dynamic coral beds. The Lodge prides itself on it's broad selection of unique optional guided activities. For example, on a free day here, you can hike the lush cloud forest of Bosque Palo Seco high in the Talamanca range teeming with jungle wildlife, then return to the lodge and enjoy the moonrise over the Zapatilla Cayes. There are few places on Earth where this diversity is possible. Other activities include visits to the blissful Zapitillas Keys, sea kayaking trips further afield to idyllic beaches and cliffs, trips to the national park for wildlife viewing, and more at extra charge. The extra price to stay here includes all meals and beverages.

Al Natural: A magical place in complete harmony with nature. This is an eco-lodge that takes it's commitment to the environment very seriously. Private bungalows are stilt houses (built in a traditional Carib style) and are situated right on the beach. They provide occupants with uninterrupted views of the water and the lush flora that surrounds each unit. Similar to Tranquilo Bay, it's situated on the removed southeast corner of Bastimente Island, about 40 minutes by boat from Bocas Town.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Eclypse de Mar Aqua Lodge

Day 7: Free day in the Islands

Relax on a free day in the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Eclypse de Mar Aqua Lodge

Day 8: Free day in the Islands

Enjoy another free day in the Islands, relaxing or being as active as you wish.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Eclypse de Mar Aqua Lodge

Day 9: Fly to San Jose (or Panama City)

After a boat transfer to Bocas Town airport, fly back to San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City for your flight back home - this internal flight is included.

*** Note: we recommend you schedule your international departure for 1 pm or later today. Otherwise, we can help with an additional overnight in San Jose (not included) or Panama City. 

Meals included: Breakfast


9-Day Caribbean Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro Adventurer
from $1895 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Internal flight from Bocas del Toro to San Jose or Panama City to connect with your international flight
  • Services of local professional English-speaking guides and office staff
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Optional upgrades to Al Natural Resort (approx. US$100/person extra) or Tranquilo Bay Eco-Lodge (approx. US$1000/person extra) in Panama

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