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Discover Costa Rica & Panama like a local!

 

18th October to 2nd November 2019

 

During this trip you will get the chance to experience the lifestyle and the culture of these two wonderful countries, outside their tourist zones. By deciding to join us we understand that you are looking for an unique adventure and, for that reason, you will be spending three nights on one of the most spectacular islands in the Caribbean. Its name is part of this trip's surprise and it will be disclosed only after we will get there.

 

Why you'll love this trip

  • We will be spending three days in Costa Rica in a Rastafarians’ village. We will enjoy snorkelling, sunbathing and cocktail sipping, as well as watching sloths, racoons and monkeys in their natural habitat.

  • We will party in Bocas del Toro, Panama, a city well known for its exciting nightlife. We will meet locals who have never seen cars, we will go on an adventure through the jungle and, finally, we will walk on the streets of the cosmopolitan Panama City.

Is this trip right for you?

For that particular reason we will present you some facts which you should take into consideration before deciding to join us. 

  • You should prepare to be patient since the transfers in between locations, such as the border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama, might take a while even though they are usually straightforward.

  • These countries’ climate is tropical, so it can get really hot and humid. You should wear loose clothes and you should make sure you stay hydrated throughout the whole trip, especially during walking tours.

  • We will be visiting places hidden from tourists and we will be sleeping in small villages. There, you may have to share a bed with another person, in case we won’t find housing which offers rooms with two single beds.

  • In order to make this experience as unique and unforgettable as possible we will sleep for a few nights in bungalows as the ones shown below. These bungalows can host up to 2, 3 or 4 people. They can have either a fan or an A/C.

Included services:

Flights:

  • Plane ticket from Bocas del Toro to Panama City;

  • Assistance through the process of buying tickets to San José, returning from Panama City;

 

 

Transportation:

  • Transfer from Panama Airport to ‘Heaven’ (by 4x4 Jeeps through the jungle and by boat);

  • Transfer from San José Airport to the hotel in San José (depending on your arrival time);

  • Transfer from San José to Puerto Viejo;

  • Transfer from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro (by bus/van and by speedboat);

  • Transfer from ‘Heaven’ to Panama City (by boat and by 4x4 Jeeps through the jungle);

Activities:

  • Speed boat ride;

  • Full day bike tour in Puerto Viejo.

 

Accomodation

  • Hotels: 12 nights;

  • 3 nights on a small island, in a cottage (dormitory or private style);

 

Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners;

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Throughout our journey there will be a guide who will speak both English and Romanian. Moreover, at some destinations, we will be greeted by local guides who will help us discover the most spectacular parts of their cities.

Not included services:

  • Plane ticket from your location to San José, returning from Panama City (its price, if you choose to fly from Europe, can be around 750-850€);

  • Optional trips;

  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions;

  • Other meals, besides the ones mentioned above;

  • Medical insurance;

  • Tips.

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Price - 1590 USD

Itinerary

Day 1 - San José

October 18, 2019

Welcome to Costa Rica!

 

Depending on what hour you will be landing, you will be greeted by our guide either at the airport or at the hotel. Those of you who will meet the guide at the hotel will be given all the information needed in order to get there easily.

 

After we will check-in at the Hotel we will go out to have dinner. Finally, we will have some time to relax after the long flight.

Day 2 - San José to Puerto Viejo

October 19, 2019

Since we will depart from San José to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca at 11:00AM, we will have an early start in order to explore a little bit Costa Rica’s capital. We will take a walk down the San José streets so as to experience the first Latin American vibes.

 

Our hotel is located at about 10 minutes walking distance to some of the city's main attractions such as:

  • Parque Morazán, the single largest park in San José which hosts the Temple of Music;

  • Plaza de la Cultura, where we can admire the wide gamut of San José street life with juggling clowns, itinerant vendors and cruising teenagers and where we can do some shopping;

  • Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, where the museum lovers can do a quick survey of the Costa Rican history;

  • Barrio Amón, one of the oldest neighborhoods in San José, rich in architectural buildings.

 

At about 4:00PM we will arrive at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and we will check in at a beautiful Lodge.We will go out to have dinner together during which we will get to know one another and, afterwards, we will get a taste of Puerto Viejo’s nightlife.

 

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small coastal town on the Caribbean sea surrounded by the lush tropical rainforest, gorgeous white sand beaches and a huge array of different wildlife. We will experience a diverse and multicultural vibe since Puerto Viejo has a mixture of Afro Caribbean, Bri Bri Indigenous, Ticos, Americans, and Europeans alike. Famous for its ‘Go Slow’ attitude, there is no other town more laidback in Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo is not for everyone, it is more suited for the down-to-earth traveler looking for an authentic experience. Puerto Viejo is still considered an isolated place, where the local community wishes to keep maintaining its roots and beautiful environment.

Day 3 - Puerto Viejo

October 20, 2019

Since it is going to be a Sunday, we should relax, lie back and enjoy the real ‘PURA VIDA’ vibe. Thrust us, this will be the most relaxing end of the week you will have ever lived.

 

For those of you who won’t feel like relaxing, there are some optional activities you could try out.

 

Those activities are:

  • Surfing, which is always a good idea if you enjoy practicing water sports;

  • Horseback riding at sunset time;

  • Rafting on Rio Pacuare or, if you are looking for a less challenging river experience, you can go with a kayak on Rio Negro or Rio Sixaola;

  • Snorkeling, right in front of the Village Beach.

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