14 Day Panama & Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio

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14 Day Panama & Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio
Crowne Plaza Panama Panama City
Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham San Jose
Arenal Paraiso Arenal
Monteverde Country Lodge Monteverde
Si Como No Resort Manuel Antonio

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Additional Information:
It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive no later than 5 pm on Day 1.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces (cobblestone), stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities in Costa Rica can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Panama
Depart for Panama, a country rich in history and culture, home to many indigenous cultures. Arrive in spirited Panama City, a dynamic city with huge modern skyscrapers, bustling mega-malls, elegant casinos, shops and restaurants on every corner. This evening, meet with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a briefing on your journey through Panama and Costa Rica
Overnight: Panama City

DAY 2, Saturday - Full Day in Panama City
Spend today discovering Panama City independently. Perhaps participate in the optional not-to-be-missed partial transit of the Panama Canal that will take you on a ship through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. This is indeed a unique opportunity to see the remarkable workings of the canal first-hand and learn more about the history and operation of the canal. On the return, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and return back into Panama Bay. This evening, a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager
Optional: Panama Canal Partial Transit
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal and Panama City Tour
Today, start at Miraflores Locks at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Here, view the locks in operation and watch in amazement as over 20 million gallons of water are transferred in less than 10 minutes. The Panama Canal is an astonishing example of modern engineering, considered to be one of the "wonders of the world". More than 12,000 ocean-going vessels pass through it a year, over 30 a day! Hopefully, you'll see a freighter passing through the locks today; it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After lunch, continue with a tour of Panama City. View the magnificent Catedral de Panamá, elegantly dominating the Plaza de la Independencia, the National Theater and the bayside monument to French entrepreneurs who envisioned the Panama Canal. Continue to the ever-expanding modern section before enjoying an afternoon at leisure for personal explorations. Perhaps, join the optional tour to Frank Gehry's Biodiversity Museum. The first building in Latin America designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell you about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet's biodiversity
Optional: The Bridge of Life: Biomuseo Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Embera Indigenous Village
Begin your Embera adventure with the arrival in the rainforest at Chagres National Park, in the eastern sector of the Panama Canal. Here, transfer to a "piragua" (paddle dugout canoe) that takes you on a journey into the jungle to meet the indigenous Embera tribe known as the "keepers of the rainforest". You’ll be warmly welcomed with cultural dances and music that hasn't changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500's. Watch as the women craft baskets out of palm leaves and demonstrate their native art. If time allows, explore some of the local flora and learn about the rituals and medicinal uses. The Embera Indians will offer you a specially prepared traditional meal before you return back to civilization. The rest of the day is yours for leisure or take an optional afternoon excursion to discover the rich historical background of Panama on the Historic Trail of Panama and Canal. Learn about the United States involvement in the Panama Canal and see various sites that were involved in the military aspect of Panama. Tonight, celebrate your last evening in Panama with a "night on the town"
Optional: Historic Trail of Panama & The Canal Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Flight to San Jose
Transfer to the airport for your flight to San Jose, in beautiful Costa Rica. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and Meeting with your Costa Rica Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Arenal
Today, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and the public park La Sabana. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna endemic to the area. Afterwards, consider spending the evening relaxing in one of the local hot springs by joining the optional tour to the Eco Termales Hot Springs that also includes dinner
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Monteverde
In the morning, embark on a brisk two mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora & fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch at leisure en route to Monteverde, depending on time of arrival your guide will take you on a walk around town to familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Have the option to be ushered back into town for a dinner at your choice of local restaurants
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours. You can take part in the Selvatura Canopy tour where you will enjoy ziplining through the Cloud Forest’s canopy or the Selvatura hanging Bridges tour where you will walk along hanging bridges among treetops, a unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dinner at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired

DAY 10, Sunday - Travel to Manuel Antonio
Drive along the shores of the striking Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country with an exotic combination of exquisite beaches and an exuberant tropical forest. Travel through the scenic mountains to the ocean's shores - it's not unusual here to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach! Arrive in the bustling town of Jaco, a surfer's paradise, for free time to stroll and perhaps sample some of the local cuisines for lunch. Afterward, continue to Manuel Antonio. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this popular beach area. In town tonight, you're sure to find great food, music, trendy bars and lots of activity
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Enjoy all of the pleasures of your final day in Manuel Antonio National Park. Relax at the beach while savoring the gorgeous surroundings. Consider joining the optional Catamaran Cruise that sails along the coast with picturesque views of the wildlife and vegetation. You can relax in one of the two Jacuzzis, or have fun on the two giant trampolines or water slides. Time at Biesanz Beach for snorkeling while you have up-close sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
Today, tour Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most visited conservation areas. Its large land and marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs make this one of the world's most impressive natural habitats. Your Tour Manager will lead you through the paths of this tropical paradise with an opportunity to discover the mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, beach vegetation, and lagoons. Observe several species of monkeys, iguanas, and birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the best of nature and the peace and tranquility. optional adventures include diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, fishing, a canopy tour, and much more. Tonight, dinner together at one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio. It's time to bid farewell to your Tour Manager, traveling companions and to "Pura Vida"
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Travel to San Jose
Travel back to San Jose today stopping in Maravillas de Costa Rica to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently, revisit some of the galleries and museums or linger at a lovely restaurant for dinner tonight. The opportunities are endless in this energetic city
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Thursday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

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Optional Tours

Transfer from your hotel to the Gamboa area. Here, board a ship that takes you on a partial transit of the Panama Canal. Begin at Gaillard Cut (Corte Culebra), one of the most important attractions of the trip with its long history and then cross under the Centennial Bridge (Puente Centenario) on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks. When entering the Pedro Miguel Locks, experience a drop of 9 meters in one step into Miraflores Lake, an artificial lake that connects the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Now, enter the Miraflores Locks in the Pacific Ocean where you’ll be lowered 18 meters in two different steps. Then, sail on the Pacific Ocean to the disembarkation point at Amador Causeway after passing under the Bridge of the Americas (Puente de Las Americas). This fascinating experience ends in Panama Bay.

Transit route may change depending on date. Details to be advised locally.

**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Day #2 01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2017 $159.00
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The first building in Latin America designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet's biodiversity. Additionally, a Botanical Park will be a living extension of the museum's architecture, exhibits, and programs. An oasis with diverse experiences: shade and refuge, a safe place to observe nature, a place to learn, and a place to celebrate. Continue through to the Biodiversity Park before departing to the hotel.

Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $69.00
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This afternoon, depart your hotel and arrive at the French Cemetery monument where the Panama Canal history begins. Continue to the memorable cemetery of veterans of the USA army who fell in Panama while the construction of the canal and during the years as a military occupation. After, you move to one of the most historic monuments in Panama that describes the power of a United States Military Base in Panama, the Administration Building. Inside the lobby are various murals used to describe the history of the construction of the Miraflores Locks. Your next visit is the highest point of the City of Panama, the Cerro Ancon. This viewpoint covers the city of Panama and also the Pacific entrance to the Canal. This strategic point was used by the Spanish army in the colonial time to prevent the second city of Panama of an invasion of pirates. Many years later, the United States military used it as a strategic point for communications and also to control invasions from Panamanians or any intention from enemies to get in the canal from the Pacific. You will be able to see the three cities built in the area of the city of Panama and you will see a demonstrated point of view on why Panama has a cultural diversity and influence different from other countries. The expedition continues to explain the strategies and constructions of the United States military to protect the main entrance to the Canal on the Pacific. Visit a military bunker built from one of the Islands that forms the Causeway. See the perception and strategies that the United States conceived to protect the Panama Canal.

Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $85.00
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Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included traditional Costa Rican dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 11 Jan 2019 $54.00
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Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants,. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.

Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 11 Jan 2019 $60.00
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Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.

Day #9 16 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2019 $44.00
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Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #9 16 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2019 $27.00
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This morning, transfer to the Quepos dock where you will board your catamaran. The tour starts in Quepos at the Modern Marina Pez Vela, where this enormous catamaran is already warming up with live music, food and cold drinks. Head South around the coast and see Manuel Antonio National Park for a picturesque view of wildlife and vegetation. Feel free to relax in one of 2 Jacuzzis while enjoying the on board tropical bar. Also there is plenty of fun to be had on the two giant trampolines or race down the water cross slides from the second story of the catamaran. You will pass by panoramas adorned with islands, cliffs and rock formations. Drop anchor at Biesanz beach where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and enjoy sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat. A light lunch and drinks are included.

Suggested items to bring: sandals, sunblock, towel, swimsuit, and Dramamine (if prone to seasickness).

This tour may run in the afternoon depending upon the tides.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #11 01 Jan 2016 - 11 Jan 2018 $72.00
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