This Central American getaway will see you delve deep into the history of Panama City for three nights to see for yourself the magnificent Panama Canal before delving into the jungles of Costa Rica. Marvel at excellent views of the Panama Canal, Arenal Volcano and Tortuguero National Park before relaxing on the sun-soaked beaches in Tamarindo!
The link between Central and South America, Panama is home to a vibrant mix of cultures and an extensive, world-renowned canal cutting through its core. Here, bulbous skyscrapers and thronging casinos merge with colonial gems and emerald-colored rain-forest, giving Panama that sought-after blend of old-meets-new.
During your whirlwind three-night stay here in the historic metropolis of Panama City, a jam-packed sightseeing tour will throw you into the crowds of all that the capital has to offer. Meander down the spaghetti-like streets of the Casco Viejo historic district (a World Heritage Site), feasting your eyes upon colonial treasures and timeworn architecture, and discover the Miraflores Locks, a vital part of the Panama Canal.
After falling in love with the refreshing, ‘mañana mañana’ attitude of the Panamanians, you’ll be whisked off to Costa Rica – Panama’s rugged, rain-forested Central American neighbor and home to a bountiful coastline, volcanoes and protected jungle.
For eight nights, you’ll be able to enjoy the culinary delights of Costa Rican cuisine, have the option to watch green sea turtles spawn on the beaches of Tortuguero (July to August) or see them hatch beneath a glittery night’s sky (September to October), and observe the majestic Arenal Volcano. Sound good? We think so too.
First, you’ll get to know the village of Tortuguero, nestled on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast and a significant nesting site for green sea turtles. Resting your head at a quaint lodge on the doorstep of the exuberant Tortuguero Jungle, you’ll rub shoulders with exotic wildlife and venture off on tours of freshwater canals before making your way to Arenal.
Feast your eyes upon the green-crested Arenal Volcano and then relax in sun-drenched Tamarindo, Guanacaste – a beach-hoppers paradise where golden shorelines and crystal-clear waters collide to create some of the country’s excellent beaches.
Days spent unwinding on Playa Blanca, scouring Santa Rosa National Park for rare birds and combing the mangrove-lined estuary of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge for howler monkeys and snapping crocodiles, will be the perfect way to cap off such an incredible getaway.