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Tico Panameno

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Tico Panameno

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Tico Panameno

Overview

Tico Panameno is a tour to Costa Rica and Panama featuring the best experiences of southernmost Central America. This jaunt through Costa Rica and Panama showcases a range of natural wonders, including pristine coastal reserves, an artistically carved archipelago, and forested volcanic landscapes.

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Tico Panameno is a tour to Costa Rica and Panama featuring the best experiences of southernmost Central America. This jaunt through Costa Rica and Panama showcases a range of natural wonders, including pristine coastal reserves, an artistically carved archipelago, and forested volcanic landscapes.

While in Costa Rica, grab a flashlight for an eerie forest trek in search of nocturnal wildlife, soak in an inviting thermal creek, and embark on a jungle-river cruise that delivers you to an incredible nature reserve on the Caribbean shore.

In Panama, visit a remote fishing village that doubles as a fantastic surfing spot, explore a quaint island village amid collection of rock islands, and experience a scenic mountain community nestled in volcanic foothills.

On this tour to Costa Rica and Panama enjoy the fantastic cuisine and charming historic zones of both capitals, and check out the Panama Canal, to tie it all together!

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16Days

$ 1699

International airfare to Central America not included

Available dates

What's included on this trip?

Inspirit trip leader

15 nights accommodation

All transportation

Explorer walks, cultural experiences, and activities as indicated

Culinary experiences as mentioned

Expert local team

Start country

Costa Rica

End country

Panama

Physical rating

Normal

Group size

16 Maximum

Trip code

C-CRPAA

Minimum age

18

Maximum age

39

Your journey

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivals into San Jose, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica and San José's vibrant historic center! Your two-week, two-country journey takes off tomorrow but jump-start it today after hotel check-in. Your Inspirit guide will be glad to help get you get settled and point you in the right direction for exploring and dining in the Tico capital. Tomorrow you'll see more of San José before we embark on deeper adventures in Costa Rica. Our final Tico stop, an u…

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Welcome to Costa Rica and San José's vibrant historic center! Your two-week, two-country journey takes off tomorrow but jump-start it today after hotel check-in. Your Inspirit guide will be glad to help get you get settled and point you in the right direction for exploring and dining in the Tico capital. Tomorrow you'll see more of San José before we embark on deeper adventures in Costa Rica. Our final Tico stop, an untamed nature reserve on the Caribbean coast, leads us to our first stop in Panama — an incredible coastal archipelago. We'll also visit a scenic a mountain town, go surfing at an out-of-the-way beach village, and trek through Panama City's hip colonial quarter. Vamos!

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Day 1 - Arrivals into San Jose, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica and San José's vibrant historic center! Your two-week, two-country journey takes off tomorrow but jump-start it today after hotel check-in. Your Inspirit guide will be glad to help get you get settled and point you in the right direction for exploring and dining in the Tico capital. Tomorrow you'll see more of San José before we embark on deeper adventures in Costa Rica. Our final Tico stop, an untamed nature reserve on the Caribbean coast, leads us to our first stop in Panama — an incredible coastal archipelago. We'll also visit a scenic a mountain town, go surfing at an out-of-the-way beach village, and trek through Panama City's hip colonial quarter. Vamos!

Arrivals into San Jose, Costa Rica

Explore San Jose & meet your Inspirit guide

Hotel Le Bergerac or similar

Day 2 - San Jose, Monte Verde & Artisan Coffee Experience

After breakfast, start out by exploring San José and experiencing the best of the historical and cultural side of Costa Rica. Your guided City Explorer tour will also reveal some hidden gems tucked away off the beaten track in Costa Rica’s capital.

Back at the hotel refresh and get ready for your transfer on to Monteverde.  This journey will take us along scenic roads thro…

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After breakfast, start out by exploring San José and experiencing the best of the historical and cultural side of Costa Rica. Your guided City Explorer tour will also reveal some hidden gems tucked away off the beaten track in Costa Rica’s capital.

Back at the hotel refresh and get ready for your transfer on to Monteverde.  This journey will take us along scenic roads through Costa Rica’s Central Valley, with its towering volcanoes in the background.  We will stop along the way at a small community located in the Cordillera of Tilaran, which is considered one of Central America’s most important ecotourism destinations.  This is the home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous other reserves, which draw considerable numbers of tourists and naturalists from all around the world. 

A back road brings us to a very small artisan coffee plantation, where we learn first hand about how coffee makes its way from plant to cup.

Once we arrive at our hotel, the rest of the evening is up to you to do what you like.  Your guide is always full of local insights and advice.

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Day 2 - San Jose, Monte Verde & Artisan Coffee Experience

After breakfast, start out by exploring San José and experiencing the best of the historical and cultural side of Costa Rica. Your guided City Explorer tour will also reveal some hidden gems tucked away off the beaten track in Costa Rica’s capital.

Back at the hotel refresh and get ready for your transfer on to Monteverde.  This journey will take us along scenic roads through Costa Rica’s Central Valley, with its towering volcanoes in the background.  We will stop along the way at a small community located in the Cordillera of Tilaran, which is considered one of Central America’s most important ecotourism destinations.  This is the home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous other reserves, which draw considerable numbers of tourists and naturalists from all around the world. 

A back road brings us to a very small artisan coffee plantation, where we learn first hand about how coffee makes its way from plant to cup.

Once we arrive at our hotel, the rest of the evening is up to you to do what you like.  Your guide is always full of local insights and advice.

Official Inspirit Welcome Meeting

San Jose City Explorer

Private transfer to Monteverde via coffee experience

Historias Lodge or similar

Day 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

We will spend the day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, where you can take part in any number of optional activities that appeal to you.

Tonight, we will make a special excursion into a private wildlife reserve for a night walk, led by your specialist Inspirit naturalist guide. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, a…

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We will spend the day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, where you can take part in any number of optional activities that appeal to you.

Tonight, we will make a special excursion into a private wildlife reserve for a night walk, led by your specialist Inspirit naturalist guide. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three types of monkeys: the mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkeys. 

After the night walk, head back to town where you can enjoy a nice evening out in Santa Elena — a great opportunity to share your recent adventures with your fellow Inspirit travellers!

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Day 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

We will spend the day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, where you can take part in any number of optional activities that appeal to you.

Tonight, we will make a special excursion into a private wildlife reserve for a night walk, led by your specialist Inspirit naturalist guide. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three types of monkeys: the mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkeys. 

After the night walk, head back to town where you can enjoy a nice evening out in Santa Elena — a great opportunity to share your recent adventures with your fellow Inspirit travellers!

Explore Monteverde with optional activities

Creatures of the Night nature walk

Historias Lodge or similar

Day 4 - Arenal Lake & La Fortuna

This morning is free for additional optional activities. After lunchtime, we’ll depart over land, water, and then land again, on our way to La Fortuna. Enjoy impressive views of the majestic Arenal volcano as we cross the lake of the same name.

Along the way, we treat ourselves to a bath in a thermal hot-spring creek, covered by the dense vegetation.

La Fortuna is a small town mostly famous for b…

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This morning is free for additional optional activities. After lunchtime, we’ll depart over land, water, and then land again, on our way to La Fortuna. Enjoy impressive views of the majestic Arenal volcano as we cross the lake of the same name.

Along the way, we treat ourselves to a bath in a thermal hot-spring creek, covered by the dense vegetation.

La Fortuna is a small town mostly famous for being situated at the base of Arenal Volcano, which had its last major eruption in 1968. Today La Fortuna is an adventure jump-off point of sorts, with many high-energy activities available within easy reach.

The evening is free to explore the town with your group and Inspirit guide.

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Day 4 - Arenal Lake & La Fortuna

This morning is free for additional optional activities. After lunchtime, we’ll depart over land, water, and then land again, on our way to La Fortuna. Enjoy impressive views of the majestic Arenal volcano as we cross the lake of the same name.

Along the way, we treat ourselves to a bath in a thermal hot-spring creek, covered by the dense vegetation.

La Fortuna is a small town mostly famous for being situated at the base of Arenal Volcano, which had its last major eruption in 1968. Today La Fortuna is an adventure jump-off point of sorts, with many high-energy activities available within easy reach.

The evening is free to explore the town with your group and Inspirit guide.

Private transfer to La Fortuna

Boat transfer across Lake Arenal

Thermal creek visit

Arenal Rabfer or similar

Day 5 - Explore La Fortuna

Today you have a free day to enjoy optional activities.  This is a place of great natural attractions you can take advantage of. Enjoy an adventurous day out with whitewater rafting, hiking to the La Fortuna waterfall, or exploring the cloud forest at the foothills of Arenal. In the afternoon, unwind in relaxing thermal pools.

Day 5 - Explore La Fortuna

Today you have a free day to enjoy optional activities.  This is a place of great natural attractions you can take advantage of. Enjoy an adventurous day out with whitewater rafting, hiking to the La Fortuna waterfall, or exploring the cloud forest at the foothills of Arenal. In the afternoon, unwind in relaxing thermal pools.

Explore La Fortuna with optional activities

Arenal Rabfer or similar

Day 6 - Tortuguero National Park

Today our travel takes us overland and by riverboat to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the coastal village of Tortuguero — one of the most bio-intense regions of Costa Rica. Once you enter the dense jungle by boat, you'll be amazed by the vegetation and wildlife. 

Upon arrival enjoy free time for a …

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Today our travel takes us overland and by riverboat to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the coastal village of Tortuguero — one of the most bio-intense regions of Costa Rica. Once you enter the dense jungle by boat, you'll be amazed by the vegetation and wildlife. 

Upon arrival enjoy free time for a stroll at the beach, a walk along the quiet village streets, or just relax in a hammock.

In the evening, we get together for a delicious creole dinner with a local Afro-Caribbean family. Enjoy hearing stories of our host family, learning about their traditions and the origins of Tortuguero.

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Day 6 - Tortuguero National Park

Today our travel takes us overland and by riverboat to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the coastal village of Tortuguero — one of the most bio-intense regions of Costa Rica. Once you enter the dense jungle by boat, you'll be amazed by the vegetation and wildlife. 

Upon arrival enjoy free time for a stroll at the beach, a walk along the quiet village streets, or just relax in a hammock.

In the evening, we get together for a delicious creole dinner with a local Afro-Caribbean family. Enjoy hearing stories of our host family, learning about their traditions and the origins of Tortuguero.

Private transfer to Tortuguero riverboat dock

Jungle riverboat ride to Tortuguero

Explore Tortuguero village and beach

Hotel Miss Junnie or similar

Day 7 - Explore Tortuguero

Immerse yourself fully today in the National Park, which supports an incredible array of biodiversity. Migratory and resident birds; mammals, such four species of monkey and the jaguar; reptiles big and small; and all kinds of insects thrive here.

Start off with an early morning guided canoe tour of Tortuguero's pristine waterways and mangrove canals, where you can see some o…

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Immerse yourself fully today in the National Park, which supports an incredible array of biodiversity. Migratory and resident birds; mammals, such four species of monkey and the jaguar; reptiles big and small; and all kinds of insects thrive here.

Start off with an early morning guided canoe tour of Tortuguero's pristine waterways and mangrove canals, where you can see some of incredible wildlife in the water, along the shore and in the treetops.

You can enjoy the rest of your day relaxing in a hammock, strolling through Tortuguero village and along the beach, or mingling with the locals to learn more about the laid-back lifestyle of this intriguing place.

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Day 7 - Explore Tortuguero

Immerse yourself fully today in the National Park, which supports an incredible array of biodiversity. Migratory and resident birds; mammals, such four species of monkey and the jaguar; reptiles big and small; and all kinds of insects thrive here.

Start off with an early morning guided canoe tour of Tortuguero's pristine waterways and mangrove canals, where you can see some of incredible wildlife in the water, along the shore and in the treetops.

You can enjoy the rest of your day relaxing in a hammock, strolling through Tortuguero village and along the beach, or mingling with the locals to learn more about the laid-back lifestyle of this intriguing place.

Explore Tortuguero National Park with optional activities

Hotel Miss Junnie or similar

Day 8 - Puerto Viejo Town

Relax this morning and take in your last impressions of Tortuguero as you embark on a 3-4 hour boat journey through lush vegetation with abundant bird life. Once on land, board a bus for a short journey to Puerto Viejo, a lively Caribbean beach town with plenty of fun on offer. 

Your Inspirit guide will take you out this evening for a City Explorer trek, going behind the scene…

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Relax this morning and take in your last impressions of Tortuguero as you embark on a 3-4 hour boat journey through lush vegetation with abundant bird life. Once on land, board a bus for a short journey to Puerto Viejo, a lively Caribbean beach town with plenty of fun on offer. 

Your Inspirit guide will take you out this evening for a City Explorer trek, going behind the scenes in this bustling surf hangout and party spot. Afterward plunge into Puerto Viejo's club scene, but don't go crazy with the ganja and guaro (sugarcane-based liquor) — tomorrow we'll depart in the morning for Panama.

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Day 8 - Puerto Viejo Town

Relax this morning and take in your last impressions of Tortuguero as you embark on a 3-4 hour boat journey through lush vegetation with abundant bird life. Once on land, board a bus for a short journey to Puerto Viejo, a lively Caribbean beach town with plenty of fun on offer. 

Your Inspirit guide will take you out this evening for a City Explorer trek, going behind the scenes in this bustling surf hangout and party spot. Afterward plunge into Puerto Viejo's club scene, but don't go crazy with the ganja and guaro (sugarcane-based liquor) — tomorrow we'll depart in the morning for Panama.

Scenic riverboat transfer

Public bus to Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo City Explorer

Hotel Cabinas Jacarandas or similar

Day 9 - Bocas del Toro archipelago

This morning we'll get an early start toward Panama and the scenic archipelago of Bocas del Toro and to Isla del Drago, nowadays known as Isla Colón. Bocas del Toro is an eco-tourism favorite, with seven bio-diverse islands offering a range of activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, and nature hikes.

In the evening hit the back streets of Bocas del …

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This morning we'll get an early start toward Panama and the scenic archipelago of Bocas del Toro and to Isla del Drago, nowadays known as Isla Colón. Bocas del Toro is an eco-tourism favorite, with seven bio-diverse islands offering a range of activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, and nature hikes.

In the evening hit the back streets of Bocas del Toro with your guide to find the best local foods, among them of course coconut rice, plantain or meat patties, a variety of seafood tasters, and more. This Streets and Eats culinary outing is part of your Inspirit experience.

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Day 9 - Bocas del Toro archipelago

This morning we'll get an early start toward Panama and the scenic archipelago of Bocas del Toro and to Isla del Drago, nowadays known as Isla Colón. Bocas del Toro is an eco-tourism favorite, with seven bio-diverse islands offering a range of activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, and nature hikes.

In the evening hit the back streets of Bocas del Toro with your guide to find the best local foods, among them of course coconut rice, plantain or meat patties, a variety of seafood tasters, and more. This Streets and Eats culinary outing is part of your Inspirit experience.

Transfer to Almirante, Panama

Boat transfer to Bocas del Torro

Bocas "Streets & Eats" street-food tasting tour

Hotel Swan's Cay or similar

Day 10 - Explore Bocas del Toro

Today is free for optional activities such as snorkeling, sailing to nearby islands, scuba diving, or simply renting bikes to ride around the island. Your Inspirit guide can help you arrange some great optional activities.

Day 10 - Explore Bocas del Toro

Today is free for optional activities such as snorkeling, sailing to nearby islands, scuba diving, or simply renting bikes to ride around the island. Your Inspirit guide can help you arrange some great optional activities.

Explore Bocas del Toro with optional activities

Hotel Swan's Cay or similar

Day 11 - Bocas del Toro, Boquete

Transfer by boat and minivan along a scenic drive, heading out of a tropical and into a subtropical climate, as we ascend to Boquete, located in the foothills of the Baru Volcano. En route, we’ll stop to soak in natural thermal springs.

The lush mountain village of Boquete is the perfect jump-off point for a variety of adventure tours, including hiking, ATVs, zip lining, and …

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Transfer by boat and minivan along a scenic drive, heading out of a tropical and into a subtropical climate, as we ascend to Boquete, located in the foothills of the Baru Volcano. En route, we’ll stop to soak in natural thermal springs.

The lush mountain village of Boquete is the perfect jump-off point for a variety of adventure tours, including hiking, ATVs, zip lining, and whitewater rafting. There are also low-key activities such as coffee tours. And of course, there's always the option just to chill out. Boquete is a fantastic place to unwind.

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Day 11 - Bocas del Toro, Boquete

Transfer by boat and minivan along a scenic drive, heading out of a tropical and into a subtropical climate, as we ascend to Boquete, located in the foothills of the Baru Volcano. En route, we’ll stop to soak in natural thermal springs.

The lush mountain village of Boquete is the perfect jump-off point for a variety of adventure tours, including hiking, ATVs, zip lining, and whitewater rafting. There are also low-key activities such as coffee tours. And of course, there's always the option just to chill out. Boquete is a fantastic place to unwind.

Boat transfer back to the mainland

Private transportation to Boquete

Visit local hot springs

Hotel Rebequet or similar

Day 12 - Explore Boquete

Today is free for optional activities such as hiking the volcano, ATV adventures, canopy tours, or horseback riding. Your Inspirit guide can help you arrange some fun optional activities.

Day 12 - Explore Boquete

Today is free for optional activities such as hiking the volcano, ATV adventures, canopy tours, or horseback riding. Your Inspirit guide can help you arrange some fun optional activities.

Explore Boquete with optional activities

Hotel Rebequet or similar

Day 13 - Santa Catalina, Pacific Coast

Today we travel by public and private transport to the Pacific beach town of Santa Catalina. Part of our drive is along the historic Pan-American Highway, CA1.

Santa Catalina, a laid-back fishing village located on the Chiriquí Gulf, is an off-the-beaten-path beach and surfing destination. Featuring some of Panama’s best waves for advanced surfers, the beach also has some g…

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Today we travel by public and private transport to the Pacific beach town of Santa Catalina. Part of our drive is along the historic Pan-American Highway, CA1.

Santa Catalina, a laid-back fishing village located on the Chiriquí Gulf, is an off-the-beaten-path beach and surfing destination. Featuring some of Panama’s best waves for advanced surfers, the beach also has some great beginner’s waves for learning to surf. 

Enjoy the beach!

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Day 13 - Santa Catalina, Pacific Coast

Today we travel by public and private transport to the Pacific beach town of Santa Catalina. Part of our drive is along the historic Pan-American Highway, CA1.

Santa Catalina, a laid-back fishing village located on the Chiriquí Gulf, is an off-the-beaten-path beach and surfing destination. Featuring some of Panama’s best waves for advanced surfers, the beach also has some great beginner’s waves for learning to surf. 

Enjoy the beach!

Public and private transportation to Santa Catalina

Explore Santa Catalina with optional activities

Oasis Surf Camp or similar

Day 14- Explore Santa Catalina

Today is a free day to enjoy the beach, go surfing, or explore the surrounding area. Take a snorkeling and nature tour to the island of Coiba, which has been compared to the Galapagos Islands in terms of biodiversity. It's a fascinating visit, possibly a once in a lifetime chance to explore a place like this.

Day 14- Explore Santa Catalina

Today is a free day to enjoy the beach, go surfing, or explore the surrounding area. Take a snorkeling and nature tour to the island of Coiba, which has been compared to the Galapagos Islands in terms of biodiversity. It's a fascinating visit, possibly a once in a lifetime chance to explore a place like this.

Explore Santa Catalina with optional activities

Oasis Surf Camp or similar

Day 15 - Panama City Old Town

Today we’ll travel back to Panama City by public transportation, arriving with enough free time to book an optional visit of the Panama Canal or explore more of the vibrant capital.

In the evening your Inspirit guide will take you to for a city tour in Casco Viejo, the historic colonial section of the city, with charming streets, live music, and great atmosphere — a perfect…

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Today we’ll travel back to Panama City by public transportation, arriving with enough free time to book an optional visit of the Panama Canal or explore more of the vibrant capital.

In the evening your Inspirit guide will take you to for a city tour in Casco Viejo, the historic colonial section of the city, with charming streets, live music, and great atmosphere — a perfect way to finish off a fantastic trip.

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Day 15 - Panama City Old Town

Today we’ll travel back to Panama City by public transportation, arriving with enough free time to book an optional visit of the Panama Canal or explore more of the vibrant capital.

In the evening your Inspirit guide will take you to for a city tour in Casco Viejo, the historic colonial section of the city, with charming streets, live music, and great atmosphere — a perfect way to finish off a fantastic trip.

Public transportation to Panama City

Free time to visit the Panama canal (optional extra)

Casco Viejo (Old Town) City Explorer

Hotel Centroamericano

Day 16 - Panama City Departures

Our Costa Rica and Panama adventure ends today, but there’s more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities based on your preferences and lodging that fits your budget.

Day 16 - Panama City Departures

Our Costa Rica and Panama adventure ends today, but there’s more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities based on your preferences and lodging that fits your budget.

International departures from Panama City

Trip information

Arrival - San Jose, Costa Rica

Closest Airport: San José Juan Santamaria International Airport - SJO

Meeting Point: San José - Hotel Le Bergerac
Hotel address: First entry to Los Yoses, 50 mts. South , San José 60111, Costa Rica
Tel: +506 2234 7850

It’s a 20-minute ride to the hotel.  To start off your experience on the right foot, take advantage and book the transfer to the hotel with one of our trusted drivers.  Please let us know if wish to do so.  Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Arrive at any time on Day 1 (Saturday). Our service starts with a night at the hotel. Our guide is available throughout the day and is happy to help you get settled and make you feel at home right away. We meet at 7 pm at the hotel reception for an informal group dinner outing. It's a good chance to meet your guide and fellow travelers to connect and have fun!

Departure - Panama City, Panama

Closest Airport:  Panama City - PTY

End Point: Hotel Centroamericano

Hotel address: Av. Justo Arosemena y Av. Ecuador, Panama City

Tel: +507 227-4555

It’s a 30-minute ride to the airport. End your adventure hassle free by using one of our trusted drivers for your airport transfer.  Please let us know if you would like to book this. Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Depart at any time on day 16 (Sunday). Our guide is available throughout the day to assist in any way. If you like/are staying longer we are happy to assist in anyway. Please let us know.

Temperatures

In Central America temperatures can vary significantly depending on time of year and altitudes. Use the guidelines below so you can adjust your packing list accordingly.

This trip visits the following climate zones:

Highlands

  • Temperatures on the highland plateaus are generally warm during the day and cool to cold at night. Daytime maximum Temperatures can range from 29 degrees Celsius / 84 Fahrenheit to 5 degrees Celsius 42 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Coastal/Lowlands

  • In the coastal region and adjoining lowlands it is usually hot during the day and warm at night. Day time maximum Temperatures can range from 40 degrees Celsius / Fahrenheit to 104 Fahrenheit to 10 degrees Celsius 50 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Physical Rating

Use the physical rating to help you decide if a particular trip is right for you.

This trip is rated:  Normal

This is your regular everyday type of physical activity. There may be some physical aspects of the trip, but nothing that should require specific training in advance. We walk a lot on our trips. We climb hills, temples, and negotiate uneven surfaces. Paths are generally unpaved, and even pavements may feel “off road” in most places we visit. Good, sturdy footwear is required.

Additional Activities

When designing our itineraries, we look for that perfect balance of included activities and free time. Our general rule is to include the best value-for-money activities each day, allowing you to experience the “must-see-and-do’s,” or simply giving you a flavor for the local culture and nature. We also want you to enjoy a hassle free vacation, and not have to worry about searching for local activities each day of your trip. Generally, there is usually one day, maybe two, on each of our week-long trips that include some free time for booking additional activities. This is generally in the larger cities, beach destinations, or tourist hotspots, where there are many local activities and adventures to choose from. Do keep in mind that additional activities are optional, and it is totally up to you how to use that time best for yourself. Sometimes the best activity is no activity at all. Find a hammock and chill!

This trip has free time in the following destinations:

  • Monteverde
  • La Fortuna
  • Bocas del Toro
  • Boquete
  • Santa Catalina

Things to do in:

Monteverde

  • Cloud Forest Hiking ($20)
  • Canopy Tour ($45)

La Fortuna

  • Waterfall Fortuna ($10)
  • Organic Farm Experience ($25)
  • Cloud Forest Hiking ($30)
  • Thermal Springs ($15-$40)
  • White Water Rafting ($70)
  • Cannoning and Rappelling ($70)

Bocas del Toro

  • Cycling Tour of the Island ($25)
  • Island Hopping Snorkeling Tour ($65)
  • Scuba Diving ($90)

Boquete

  • Baru Volcano Hike ($30)
  • Mountain Bike Tours ($45)

Santa Catalina

  • Surfing Lessons ($25)
  • Coiba Island Tour ($80)
  • Scuba Diving ($80)

(Prices are in USD and are for reference only as these are not operated directly by Inspirit)

 

General information

Inspirit Welcome Meeting

Our welcome meeting takes place in the morning of Day 2 of each itinerary. You’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travelers as well as your guide. Get acquainted with an overview of the itinerary, destinations visited, the Inspirit travel style, and many more details on the experiences to come. Ask any questions you may have, and let the fun begin!

For those traveling on combination trips, you’ll have the opportunity to join the meeting each week and help welcome any new passengers that are joining the trip.

Emergency contact information

For any emergencies that cannot be immediately handled with the assistance of your trip leader, our operations staff is on call 24/7. You can call / SMS  / Whatsapp / on +506 7025 9328 (Costa Rica). For local calls within Costa Rica you do not need to add the +506 country code.

Eating/dietary preferences

The food is local and delicious! Our guides will always suggest locally owned restaurants and will take you to the best value-for-your-money places we have found. A wide variety of options are available to cater for different tastes and dietary requirements. Outside of the more developed areas, it can be a challenge to cater to very specialised diets, but the locals are friendly and accommodating and will always make sure that you find enough to eat!

Water

In most areas we visit, it is not advisable to drink water from the tap (except Costa Rica). We provide you with refillable water bottles that we use throughout the trip, refilling them along the way from purified sources -- such as at your hotel, or at restaurants we visit along the route. Our aim here is to avoid single-use plastic bottles and containers to reduce our impact on the environment.

Money

Payments are best made by major credit cards. Visa is the most widely accepted card in the region. We recommend bringing emergency cash (around $300), as sometimes ATMs can be hard to find in rural areas, or the one ATM in town could be out of service.

Tour guide

Our trip leaders are Central America locals, and all are licensed tour guides in their country of origin and experts in their field. They are fun, charismatic, highly organized, and dynamic individuals with a passion for travel. Trained in areas of safety, group dynamics, effective communication, and much more, our leaders are ready to deal with any challenges that might arise on a trip.

Fellow travelers

Inspirit travelers are probably a lot like you. No matter your age, you are young at heart and have an adventurous spirit. You are interested in discovering new places, meeting new people, and having a ton of fun along the way.

Luggage

We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. Backpacks are better than large suitcases, as we may be carrying our bags onto public buses where space is limited. Sometimes we may need to walk for a while over uneven surfaces to get between transportation hubs to to our hotel.

Keep the weight under 44 pounds (20kg). An additional day-pack is essential for excursions and transfers. Your main backpack may get stored on the roof of the bus, or in the luggage hold underneath, so you’ll want a smaller backpack that you can carry with you to keep your essential items safe. It’s a good idea to bring a TSA approved padlock to keep your bags secure.


Packing List

Things to bring to help reduce our eco footprint:

  • Refillable coffee mug (one that is easy to travel with)
  • Reusable food storage container (think Tupperware) for transporting foods you may buy en route
  • Towel
  • Organic soap and shampoo
  • Biodegradable washing detergent (if you plan to wash clothes en-route -- note: laundry services are available in most places)

Recommended:

  • Toiletries
  • Personal items such as prescriptions, medicine, etc.
  • Sun protection (SPF 50+), sunglasses, lip balm, after-sun moisturizer
  • Insect repellent and insect bite cream
  • Eye mask and ear plugs
  • Antibacterial gel and or hand wipes
  • First-aid kit
  • Just-in-case kit with aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, etc
  • Smartphone – as if you would forget!
  • Electrical adapter (if your devices don't plug into North American outlets)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (small rechargeable one)
  • Sweater/microfleece
  • Long-sleeve top
  • Long trousers (zip-off trousers are very versatile)
  • Jeans/trousers/shorts
  • T-shirts/cotton shirts
  • Good all-terrain walking shoes
  • Sandals/tevas (with a strap)
  • Socks/underwear
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

ATTENTION: Be sure to bring clothing that covers your knees and shoulders for visits to religious sites and during travel on public transportation (in case of chills from the AC). Avoid any kind of provocative clothing, such as military style, and shirts / jackets with slogans or images that may be offensive in the countries you visit.

Optional

  • Camera equipment
  • Spare batteries/chargers
  • Books, etc
  • Travel pillow
  • Flip-flops

Safety Guidelines

Cash: Bring small bills (No larger than USDS 20s). Most activities can be paid by credit card.

Credit cards: Do not write down passwords / PINs.

Out and about: Use common sense, take a taxi back if it's late, do not accept any drinks or rides from strangers.

Travel insurance

You must have travel insurance to participate in any Inspirit trip. Insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses, with a minimum coverage to include medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Insurance must cover all dates of travel with Inspirit.

Proof of insurance must be provided prior to the start of any trip. Without proof of insurance, you will not be allowed to participate in the trip.

We strongly encourage you to purchase additional insurance that covers trip cancellation, curtailment, and loss, damage, injury, delay, or inconvenience while traveling.

Transport

Our trips use a mix of private and public transportation. We may be in minibuses, inter-city coaches, local “chicken buses,” or taxis. We may also use water taxis, ferries, and local flights.

Responsible travel

As you see in our packing list, we strive to protect the natural surroundings that make our destinations so special. Our travel style incorporates environmental responsibility to minimize our carbon footprint wherever we go. Leading by example, we also educate our local partners about how they can make small but important changes in their day-to-day activities that will benefit the environment.

You can help by bringing a reusable mug for warm drinks, small bags for market purchases, and a reusable container (Tupperware style) for food. We provide you with a durable water bottle to refill throughout your trip, and we may even try some local eco-hacks such as eating off a banana-leaf instead of a plate made from Styrofoam! Check our packing list and please do your part to help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Fair play

Inspirit retains the right to dismiss from a trip any passenger for reasons affecting their own safety, the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of fellow travelers, or the safe and effective operation of the trip. Non-compliance with local laws and regulations of the countries and regions visited, or Inspirit’s own responsible travel policies, may also warrant dismissal. Refunds for unused services or costs related to travel arrangements required as a result of trip dismissal will not be provided. 

Travelers are responsible for costs incurred by Inspirit or Inspirit’s suppliers for property damage, destruction, or theft they cause while on a trip.

Medical

Inspirit does not provide medical advice, and travelers are responsible for assessing the risks and responsibilities of each aspect of a trip to determine whether it is suitable for them. Travelers should seek their physician’s advice on all medical matters, including travel precautions and vaccinations.

Inspirit trips may visit remote regions in developing areas, where medical care may not meet the standards of those found in a traveler’s home country.

In consideration of the safety and enjoyment of all travelers and the safe operation of a trip, pre-existing medical conditions that may impact a traveler’s ability to participate in any aspect of a trip, including pregnancy, must be disclosed at the time of booking.

Inspirit reserves the right to deny permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a trip at any time where Inspirit determines that a physical or mental condition represents a danger to the traveler or to others.

Age

Travellers under the age of 18 on the date of arrival are considered minors and must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age for travel on any trip, unless otherwise specified, is 15 years. All bookings including minors are subject to approval, and accompaniment or written consent by a parent or legal guardian is required.

There is no upper age limit for our trips.

Changes

Where reasonably required an itinerary may need to be modified either before or after departure. If a change affects at least one in three full days of the itinerary (a major change), Inspirit will provide notice as soon as reasonably possible before departure. In the event of a major change, travelers may accept the change or request a full refund of the land-only portion of their trip.

Once a trip has departed, unforeseen circumstances may present operational concerns, or concerns for the health, safety, and well-being of passengers, and may require an itinerary change. Travelers are responsible for incidental expenses during a trip, including expenses arising from a change of itinerary. Inspirit will not be liable for losses associated with itinerary changes.

Flexibility

Travelers acknowledge that any foreign travel may require a certain amount of flexibility, and some changes or adjustments to the trip itinerary, schedule, activities, modes of transport, or other may be reasonably accepted due to local circumstances.

Risk

Travelers acknowledge that trips operated and sold by Inspirit are adventurous by nature, and participation involves a significant amount of risk to their personal health and safety. In full consideration and acknowledgment of the inherent risks involved in foreign adventure travel and participation in adventurous activities, especially in a foreign country that may not have the same standards of hygiene, accommodation, transportation, medical care, and other infrastructure as a traveler’s home country, travelers assume full responsibility for all such risk and release Inspirit from any and all claims and causes of action arising from loss, damage, injury, or death resulting from these inherent risks.

Travelers acknowledge that the degree of risk depends on the specific activity booked, and activities of a physical nature, extreme sports, or other high-risk activities, whether included on an Inspirit trip, or suggested by an Inspirit trip leader or other representative of Inspirit, may add additional risk.

Travelers must take all measures to help ensure their own safety by proper use of safety devices (seatbelts, harnesses, flotation devices, helmets, etc.) and obey all health and safety warnings, either written or verbal.

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