From Rain Forest to Panama Canal

Tours to Costa Rica & Panama

Did you know that Costa Ricans call themselves “ticos” and “ticas”? That the country has 5 active volcanoes? And that Panama City is the only capital city that has a rain forest within the city limits? Let’s discover these unforgettable countries together!

Highlights of Tours to Costa Rica & Panama

  • Tours of the coffee and cocoa plantations
  • Magical walks on suspended bridges through the cloud forest
  • Animal paradise with sloths make their way through forest canopies and monkeys swinging through trees, colorful birds
  • Pristine nature: live volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and clean beaches
  • Tour of historic parts of San Jose and Panama City, and Panama canal cruis

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

January 23rd – 31st, 2021

9 days

$2795 / 2995

December 4th – 12th, 2021

9 days

$2795 / 2995

Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

Day 1
San Jose

“Costa Rica and Panama are more than a vacation destination; it is an interactive sensory experience .”

Afternoon         Arrivals in San Jose

Evening             Historic tour of San Jose: National Theatre, Main Square and ruins of XIV century church (part of the UNESCO list)
                             Welcome group dinner

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Tirimbina Reserve

Morning        Tour of the coffee plantation – we learn about cultivating and processing Costa Rican gold and discover what makes their coffee so good during the coffee tasting through Tirimbina Reserve

Afternoon     We walk through the longest suspension bridge to a cacao plantation. The sahe of the cacao fruit resembles an American football ball. And what does its beans tastes like? You can find out for yourself, as well as learning about the process of fermentation, drying, roasting, grinding beans, and brewing a wonderful chocolate drink 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3
La Fortuna

Morning        Hike the low-impact 3-mile trail at Arenal National Park to Costa Rica’s most active volcano
by La Fortuna Waterfall. The waterfall is located just outside the main town, with a deep pool that is perfect for swimming. We reach it by easy hiking and then refresh in its waters

Afternoon     Time to relax in Baldi Hot Springs: The thermal pools are all-natural and filled with minerals, and there are plenty of them to enjoy

Meals included: breakfast, lunch 

Day 4
Drive to Monteverde

Morning        Drive to Monteverde

Afternoon     One of the most amazing things in Monteverde is walking along some of the hanging bridges in the forest. There are various hanging bridges throughout Monteverde but we choose the most famous one: Sky Bridge

Evening         Nigh walk through the jungle

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5
Monteverde

Morning        Monteverde Cloud Forest is the most popular, so we start very early to avoid the crowds. This amazing forest with rich flora is situated in high elevation reaching the clouds. It makes the forest moist and prone to rain and is a unique ecosystem for certain animals

Afternoon     Free time – our staff can help you choose different activities in the area such as: zip lining through the Rain Forest with one of the longest zip lines (over 1 km); visit the butterfly and humming day gardens 

Evening         Departure to San Antonio Park

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6
Manuel Antonio Park

Morning        Manuel Antonio Park is a real animal paradise. We arrive as soon as the park opens to see as many animals as possible. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing sloths, bats, monkeys, and colorful birds in their natural habitat

Afternoon     Relaxing afternoon at Playa Manuel Antonio

Evening         We enjoy dinner in a lively but less touristy town of Quepos

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 
San Jose – Departure to Panama City

Morning        Departure to Panama City

Afternoon     Historic tour of Casco Viejo – the old town

Evening         Free evening and dinner on your own

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 8
Panama City

Morning        Panama canal tour. We board the boat to learn the history of the world’s most famous canal

Afternoon     Free time

Evening         Goodbye group dinner

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 9
Panama City

Departures

Meals included: breakfast 

Tour Operator

info@colibriboston.org

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237 

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Costa Rica – Country Code  +506 | Police 506 | American Embassy: (+506) 2519 2000 Address: Vía 104, C. 98, San José, Costa Rica

Panama – Country Code  +507 | Police 106 | American Embassy: (+507) 317-5000 Address: edificio 783, Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas, Panamá

Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

  • Flights between countries
  • All activities listed on itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Guides
  • Tickets to all scheduled sites
  • Ground transportation
  • 24h bilingual tour director support
  • Pre-departure Q&A

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Optional airport pick up and drop off - 45 USD (both ways) per person
  • Alcohol
  • Additional health & evacuation insurance

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Steps to enroll:

  1. Download registration form below, fill it out and send to info@colibriboston.org or mail to Colibri Boston, 210 Broadway, Suite 201, Cambridge, MA 02139.
  2. Send us a copy of your passport and deposit check.
  3. Pack your bags and enjoy!

Small group:

8 - 20 ppl

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Reviews

A group of 6 of us (3 couples, 55-73 years old) joined tours to Costa Rica in a small group with Colibri Boston...great choice! Colibri went above and beyond to make sure we saw all the animals we wanted to see and had a choice of skipping any activity we weren’t comfortable with, for example, zip-lining. We went on several amazing hikes, the cocoa tasting was incredible, we loved seeing all the birds and animals. Having a little taste of Panama was an extra bonus. Hotels were comfy and beautiful, with lots of nature around and great food. Great tour!

Dick Z. Andover, MA

After doing some research online into tours to Costa Rica and Panama companies, we decided to give Colibri Boston a chance. On arrival, we were welcomed with fantastic guide, Roberto. We felt like we just met our new, best friend. He cracked his first joke and did not stop for the rest of the trip. We met 8 people from the group and went to explore San Jose (which sadly is not a very interesting town). We dined in a great restaurant and had lots of laughs (again Roberto was simply hilarious). Our next day's excursion was to a coffee plantation to start the day and then boarded a coach, fully air-conditioned and safety belted and set off for our day of adventure in the jungle. The rest was just one amazing experience after another. The cocoa tour and tasting, volcanos, animals, bird watching relaxing in hot springs, beach day, meals, and finally two days in Panama. I have never been on such a well put together and enjoyable tour! A special shout out must go to Roberto. His passion and expertise and sense of humor were second to none! Thank you

Carl J. Burlington, VT

We chose the Colibri tours to Costa Rica and Panama because I always wanted to see the Panama canal, and it combined both countries. The tour itself was excellent. I love that they do it in small groups so it is easy to move around. As travel to Costa Rica, it was a great experience, lots of nature, good food although I was surprised how “Americanized” the country was. Lots of American stores and about 80 % of the tourists were from the States. It felt like an extension of the US. Panama had a better nationality mix and the Panama canal history was really interesting although the Panama canal is a bit less impressive than I imagined. I loved our hotels, guides and will travel with Colibri Boston again. The tour leader was also talking about Cuba so that is next on our list.

Ulianna S. New York, NY