Tour Details

Duration: 8 nights

Departs: Daily

Difficulty: Easy. No restrictions

Not included: International flights; gratuities of any kind; meals not specified in itinerary; incidentals at hotels; trip insurance.

From: $959 per person (in double occupancy based on low season rates)                   REQUEST THIS TRIP

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose. Transfer to Braulio Carrillo. Nocturnal safari. Overnight

Day 2: Braulio Carrillo: Morning forest walk (B)

Day 3: Private transfer to Arenal (B)

Days 4/5: Arenal: At leisure (B)

Day 6: Transfer to San Jose for flight to Panama City (flight not included). Transfer to hotel. Overnight (B)

Day 7: Private Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks (B)

Day 8: Panama City: At leisure (B)

Day 9: Departure transfer (B)

 

Memorable Moments

  • A nocturnal forest hike in search of wildlife
  • Waking up to the sounds of the rainforest at Tapirus Lodge
  • Admiring Arenal Volcano’s perfect cone from your hotel balcony
  • Fascinating History Tour of Colonial Panama City
  • Watching the ships traverse the Panama Canal locks

 

Places you will visit

Braulio Carrillo

Arenal

Panama City

 

The Journey

Day 1: Arrive in Braulio Carrillo: Unfasten, unpack, unwind…

Upon arrival at the airport in San Jose, you will be greeted by our local crew and escorted to Braulio Carrillo area, where our rainforest lodge is located. Your personal guide will review your vacation plan with you before retiring to your room for some deserved rest. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the lush surroundings on your own. This evening, after dinner, you can join our guides for a night safari in search of colorful frogs, bats, and other nocturnal animals. Overnight.

Services included today:

  • Private airport arrival transfer
  • Nocturnal safari
  • Accommodations at Tapirus Lodge

 

Day 2: Welcome to the jungle!

This morning you will learn about the rainforest during a guided morning walk along our forest trails. The rest of the day is free to enjoy on your own. Optional tours at extra cost include a ride on our aerial tram, gliding over the canopy and exploring the forest layers in the company of a naturalist guide; a thrilling canopy tour; a rafting excursion; or an adventurous jungle trek. This evening, after dark, join our guides for a night safari in search of colorful frogs, bats, and other nocturnal animals.

Services included today:

  • Breakfast
  • Guided forest hike
  • Optional nocturnal safari
  • Accommodations at Tapirus Lodge

 

Days 3-5: Arenal, the land of fire

A mighty volcano towers over lush green pastures and plantations of yucca and papaya; rushing waters heated by the volcano are channeled into natural hot springs, offering a relaxing experience after a day of explorations. A natural playground made for both children and children at heart, Arenal offers an endless array of possibilities to explore the pristine surroundings. You may explore the area on horseback, mountain bikes, ATVs, soaring over the canopy, hiking on hanging bridges, or paddling down a river. If you don’t feel playful, you may always join a relaxing wildlife observation tour, soothe your muscles in the hot springs, indulge in a spa treatment, or just sit down in your hotel balcony and watch the mighty volcano. Time to rumble!

Services included:

  • Private transfer from Braulio Carrillo to Arenal
  • Daily breakfast
  • Overnight accommodations

 

Day 6: On to Panama City

Say farewell to the land of fire as our crew drives you to San Jose in time for your departure flight to Panama. We will be waiting upon your arrival to take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Panama’s capital city or simply rest and enjoy your beautiful hotel facilities.

Services included today:

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Private overland transfer to San Jose airport for your flight to Panama City (flight not included)
  • Private airport transfer upon arrival in Panama City
  • Overnight accommodations

 

Day 7: Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks, 10am: massive vessels are lifted to make the transit between two great oceans in one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Your will be there to watch it, from the vantage point at the Visitor Center’s sheltered terrace. Your personal guide will answer any doubts and then invite you to join him in a visit to the amazing onsite museum for a great overview of the construction of the Canal, its history, and significance for Panama and the entire world trade. Then, stroll around Casco Antiguo, the beautiful Old Quarter, traveling back in time as you admire the lovely restored colonial mansions, French balconies, narrow alleys, and impressive churches. Listen to the city’s fascinating history as you sip a cup of renown Panamanian coffee or hot chocolate before visiting San Jose Church and its golden altar, French Plaza, the city walls, and the Central Plaza.

Services included today:

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Private, guided Miraflores Locks and Colonial Quarter
  • Overnight accommodations

 

Day 8: Panama City at your own pace

Leisure day to enjoy at your own pace in Panama’s capital city.  Spend a day with the Embera Indians (highly recommended), visit Panama La Vieja, do some shopping, stroll or bike along the Amador Causeway, attend a folkloric show with a typical Panamanian dinner, enjoy Panama’s pulsating nightlife in Calle Uruguay or in one of the trendy terraces in Casco Antiguo…

Services included today:

  • Breakfast
  • Overnight accommodations

 

Day 9: Return home, energized and wiser

Time to bid farewell to this magnificent land. Your driver will take you to the airport in time for your departing flight. We hope you have enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Safe journeys…

Services included today:

  • Breakfast at hotel (if schedule permits)
  • Private airport departure transfer

 

HOW TO REQUEST THIS TRIP

1-    Click on the REQUEST THIS TRIP button below

2-    Fill in the request form choosing your preferred hotels in each city from the drop-down menus

3-    We will send you a quote based on your hotel preferences within 24 working hours as well as a credit card form that you can use to send us your deposit

4-    Upon receipt of your deposit, we will confirm your trip within 48 working hours. If one of your choice hotels is not available, we will confirm one of similar price and characteristics. If you are not happy with our selection, we can try another property or we will refund your deposit immediately.

From: $959 per person (in double occupancy based on low season rates)                   REQUEST THIS TRIP

*“From Rates” are estimated PER PERSON in double occupancy (two people sharing the same room) and correspond to LOW season. Prices may vary depending on season, holidays, and type of accommodation. For an accurate quote, please fill out the request form. We will return your inquiry within 24 working hours.

Deposit for this trip: $500 per person.

If your trip begins within 90 days of your request, then full payment is due upon confirmation of services.

 

Cancellations and Refunds

Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. If you must cancel before departure, the following cancellation fee schedule applies:

More than 60 days prior to departure: Deposit is forfeited plus any non-refundable cancellation fees already advanced to airlines or hotels.

31-60 days prior to departure: 50% of cost

30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost