The culture, contrasts and epic landscapes of Panama and Costa Rica are revealed on this trip, which ventures from capital to coast via Gamboa, Borinquen and Carrillo Beach.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like... delving into local cultures whether it is riding a canoe to visit with the Embera Indians who live off the land in Panama or enjoying dance performed by local children in Costa Rica.
15 nights' accommodations, 15 full breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||AvailabilityPrice|
|13 Jan 17||28 Jan 17||$4,750pp||
|10 Feb 17||25 Feb 17||$4,750pp||
|17 Mar 17||1 Apr 17||$4,750$4,300pp||
$4,750 $4,300 pp
|8 Dec 17||23 Dec 17||$4,950$4,480pp||
$4,950 $4,480 pp
Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.
Festive Departures: Christmas or New Year's Eve celebration for these departures.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,495.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $166 per person.
Land and Intra-Air: prices include economy air and air-related charges for flight between Panama City - David and Panama City - San Jose and are accurate as of May 1st, 2016.
Luggage: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Sarapiqui hotel.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
U.S. citizens traveling to Panama and Costa Rica must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.
The currency in Panama is the Balboa and in Costa Rica is the colón. You can pay with your debit or credit card at many places in Panama and the most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend bringing an extra credit card and informing your financial institutions of your travel plans before leaving the country.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. In Costa Rica food mild and simple with many dishes centered on rice, beans, vegetables and meat. Try the local ceviche prepared with octopus, shrimp, tilapia and seabass cured with lemon juice and spices. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy including plantains, coconut, papaya and mango. Costa Rican coffee is strong and rich; try it black or order it with milk (café con leche).
In Panama the food is varied and reflects the influence of Spanish, American, and Afro-Caribbean cultures on the country’s cuisine. A typical meal consists of coconut rice, beans, and meat served with yucca and plantains. Other popular foods include empanadas, tamales, and sancocho stew packed with meat and veggies. For dessert, try a piece of decadent tres leches cake.
We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen will come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
It is appropriate to tip 10 percent at restaurants in Panama. Restaurants in Costa Rica are required by law to add 13 percent tax and 10 percent gratuity to the bill. For this reason Costa Ricans do not tip. If you would like to leave an additional tip to reward good service, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent for your waiter.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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