Costa Rica Panama Expedition Tour

NOTE: Rates based on Triple & Quad occupancy for the students and double rooms for the teachers. No single rooms available unless a single supplement is paid.

DURATION: 10 Days / 9 Nights
CHAPERONES: One free ticket for every 20 students. Minimum 20 students.
INCLUDE: 9 nights lodging in high quality Hotels, all land transportation within Costa Rica, all airport/ hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/ departures dates only, specified meals, specified tours, private transportation and naturalist tour guide.
NOT INCLUDE: International air fare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.
WHAT´S TO BRING: Hiking Shoes, Bathing Suit, Binoculars, Camera, Beach Sandals, Suntan Lotion, Hat, Mosquito Repellent.
GROUP RATE: $ 1.375 Minimum 20 students.
NOTE: Rates quoted based on 2 double beds per room. Students could share 1 bed. In the case the teacher requests a single bed per student, we should re-quote the package.

EDUCATIONAL OBJETIVES: To learn about Rivers and waterfalls, Active Volcanoes, Caribbean Beaches, Tropical Rainforest & wildlife, marine wildlife, coral reef, mangrove forest.

LETTER CODES: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1. WELCOME TO COSTA RICA (D). Arrival to the International Airport Juan Santamaria. Upon arrival at the San Jose airport, you will be met by one of our representatives how will explain your itinerary, answer any questions and provide you with a package of vouchers and information about your trip. Transfer to Hotel Park Inn and free time at leisure.

Optional and depending on arrival time: City Tour: Visiting: San Jose, University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, Principal buildings as National Museum, National Teather, Congress, Yellow House, Plaza de la Cultura, Gold Museum, etc. Residential areas and principal Malls. Welcome Dinner in San Jose City.

Day 2. LA PAZ WATERFALLS (B, L, D). Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Beautiful complex of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.

Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, toucan feeding, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, hummingbird hand feeding in the mornings and afternoons, Serpentarium (snake exhibit), jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, typical house with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit.  All these offered at one place, makes us the best Eco Park in Costa Rica.

Our tour includes a delicious Buffet Lunch. It includes multiple selections of Traditional Costa Rican Dishes, Full Salad Bar, Pizza, Garlic Bread, French Fries, Fresh Fruits, Rice Pudding and unlimited Fresh Fruit Juice, Coffee and Tea.

By the middle of the afternoon, return to your hotel. Free time for rest. Dinner at the hotel or nearby restaurant.

Day 3. ARENAL VOLCANO (B, L, D). Break at the hotel and hotel check out. Transfer to the beautiful region of Arenal Volcano. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel Arenal Country Inn.

Lunch in a local restaurant in La Fortuna Town.

During the afternoon, visit to Arenal´s Lake, the biggest one in Costa Rica and boat tour for enjoy its beauty and have a perfect view of the impressive Arenal Volcano. Evening dinner in Fortuna town

 

Day 4. ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES TOUR & HOT SPRINGS (B, L, D). Arenal Hanging Bridges is a new tourism attraction in La Fortuna. Visitors who love nature can enjoy 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, friendly design along 3 km rain forest circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks to prevent slipping. The bridges are build of aluminum, galvanized steel and concrete, to ensure maximum security for their visitors. They were designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world. Guided by a naturalist, who through the natural history will open for you the doors of a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.

 

After the tour, transfer to Baldi Hot Springs, where the students will be able to enjoy the Thermal pools and enjoy in the multiple water slides. At Baldi Hot Springs you will find an endless dreamed stay, where the natural environment, colorful natural gardens, therapeutic waters, pure air and our care combine on a perfect state; the dream came true.

The unique frame where your experience turns into the most unforgettable one. In here you will enjoy multiple thermal pools, a giant stem room, luxury pool bars, Giant water-slides, relaxing areas and much more.

Dinner included at the Spa.

Day 5. ARENAL VOLCANO TO PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMON. (B, L, D). Breakfast at the hotel and departure to our next destination in the province of Limon, the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. The driving to Puerto Limon is a beautiful experience where the students will learn about many important crops such as Bananas and Pineapples. Costa Rica is the second largest producer of Bananas in the world and first one in Pineapple production. Huge Plantations will be seen along the way and our naturalist tour guide will stop for interesting lectures about these important products for the Costa Rican economy. Once in Puerto Limon, a City Tour of the province will show the local culture and history. History records that in 1502 Christopher Columbus landed in Costa Rica at the place known as Puerto Limon, in a very small island right in front of the city called Isla Uvita. Continuing the journey, a nice road along the coast will take us to Cahuita and them Puerto Viejo de Limon. Once at our destination, check in at hotel Azania Bungalows or similar. Diner in Puerto Viejo Town.

Day 6. PUERTO VIEJO & MANZANILLO (B, L, D). Breakfast at the hotel and excursion to Manzanillo Reserve.

The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is situated in one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of Costa Rica. Located just a few kilometers north of the Panama border in Talamanca County, this wildlife refuge protects some the region’s most endangered flora and fauna. Lying on the Caribbean coast of Limon province and bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east, this refuge is classified as a humid tropical rainforest and also looks after the only natural mangrove oyster beds found along the reefs of the coast.

Encompassing several rare habitats like a lowland rainforest, a wetland and a mangrove swamp, the Refugio Gandoca Manzanillo also safeguards the only orey and jolillo palm swamps in Costa Rica. This wildlife reserve is very important from an ecological point of view because it contains the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic, and the primary lowland small rainforest found here is the only one of its kind in the region. A unique habitat, this reserve includes a 10-kilometer beach strip, a 740-acre forest, a coral reef and 2 swamps. The Refugio Gandoca Manzanillo is also the nesting area for several species of turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, tarpons and dolphins. The turtle nesting season here lasts from March to May. Lunch & Diner in Puerto Viejo Town.

Day 7. PUERTO LIMON – PANAMA BORDER – BOCAS DEL TORO (B, L, D) Breakfast at the Lodge and departure to the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Due the high transit at this point, the group should leave very early in the morning. As soon as the Border Authorities open, we must try to be the first ones crossing to Panama. Once we are set and get our permission to cross, will continue the journey to Bocas del Toro. The driving time to the port of Almirante is about 30 minutes. Once in here, a boat will take us to Isla Colon in the Province of Bocas del Toro. The boat tour is just amazing, crossing crystal waters and mangrove forests. This service takes about 20 minutes. Isla Colon is a small town and the main attractions are at a walking distance. For this reason, upon arrival, we should walk to our hotel, located at about 5 minutes’ walk from the wharf.

Check in at Hotel el Limbo or similar. Lunch in a local restaurant. During the afternoon, tour to Playa Estrellas, a beautiful beach where many giant sea stars are easy to find close to the shoreline. In here, free time is given for enjoy the place. Return to the hotel by 5:00 PM and free time. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 8. BOCAS DEL TORO TOUR. (B, L, D). Today the group will have a great day taking part of several amazing tours around the island. Dolphin Bay is a lagoon in Bocas del Toro that hosts bottlenose dolphins throughout much of the year. Known locally as Laguna Bocatorito, Dolphin Bay is located between the east side of Cristóbal Island and an irregularly shaped peninsula that juts out from the mainland. It’s about 6 miles (10 km) from Colón Island, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach by boat.

At its widest point the bay is 4 miles (6 km). The bay has calm waters and is surrounded by mangroves, which draw an abundance of small fish and crustaceans into the water—this makes it a perfect habitat for dolphins, especially mothers and calves. The best time of year to see dolphins is June and July, when rough seas make the calm water of the bay especially appealing for dolphins. The dolphins are usually spotted in pairs, or in pods of five or six.

After the dolphin´s encounter, we will continue our journey to a very special place called Cayo Coral.

The coral reefs emerging around Cayo Coral are among the most beautiful in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Their particularly calm, clear waters, sheltered from the caprices of the open sea, have led to the development of fine, colorful coral, attracting varied underwater life. They are on the surface of the open waters, and can only be reached by boat. Lunch will be included in a nice restaurant surrounded by crystal waters and coral reef.

Continuing our journey, we will be visiting Red Frog Beach.  The afternoon will be spent at Red Frog Beach one of the premier beaches of the region. Spend a few hours at this oceanfront beach with waves, sand and sun. Late afternoon your adventure returns to Bocas Town. Diner in Town.

Day 9. BOCAS DEL TORO – SAN JOSE COSTA RICA (B, L, D). During this morning return to Costa Rica. Breakfast and hotel check out. Boat and bus transfer to the border. Immigration paperwork and once at Costa Rica Territory, bus transfer to San Jose. Arriving by 5:00 pm to San Jose, hotel Park Inn check in and free time for a short siesta. Lunch on route. Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Day 10. TRANSFER OUT (B). Transfer to the International Airport according with your scheduled flight and good bye.

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