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Panama Highlights

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days PSPA

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Costa Rica, Panama

Start City

End City

San Jose Panama City
Panama Highlights

When hiking in Boquete keep an eye out for the resplendant quetzal, a bird with near-mythic status around these parts. Sacred to the ancient Mayans and Aztec people, the feathers of its gorgeous red breast and green crest were worn by priests during ceremonies. In 1944, Dr Alexander Skutch described the male as “a supremely lovely bird; the most beautiful, all things considered, that I have ever seen.”

Panama Highlights


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Real or similar, San Jose

Activities:

Day 2-3: San Gerardo de Dota

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Trogon Lodge or similar, San Gerardo de Dota

Activities:

Day 4-5: Golfito

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Esquinas Rainforest Lodge or similar, Golfito

Activities:

Day 6-7: Boquete

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: La Casa de la Abuela or similar, Boquete

Activities:

Day 8-10: Panama City

Meals included: 3 breakfasts

Accommodation: The Saba Hotel or similar, Panama City

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

No particular level of fitness is required however a certain degree of agility is best and you should be in good health.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Costa Rica

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Costa Rica. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Please note that Costa Rican authorities require a Yellow Fever Certificate for visitors arriving from some countries in South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela).

Panama
At the time of writing, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Americans and British citizens do not require a visa to visit Panama for up to 90 days. All other nationalities should check with the Panama Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Costa Rica

Exploring Costa Rica-The Tico Times Costa Rica The Ecotravellers-Les Beletsky Wildlife Guide

Panama

Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 - David McCullough
Panama Fever - Matthew Parker

The Captain and the Enemy - Graham Greene
Panama: A Novel - Carlos Ledson Miller
The Tailor of Panama - John Le Carre


Important Information


Public Holiday Inconveniences
Ocassionally sights such as museums and churches are closed to tourists on public holidays.


Hurricane Season
Please note that Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.


Costa Rica Tourism Industry
Costa Rica has done a great job of looking after its natural wonders yet maximising their potential as tourist attractions. As a result, you should expect to pay for nearly every optional activity available. This allows everyone to individually have the choice of deciding on which activities they particularly want to participate in - from white water rafting to hiking - and also to plan their own budget. Prices in Costa Rica can be higher than in the rest of Central America but this also means high standards of service, well maintained gear, clear paths and signalling and well trained local guides that allow you to make the most of every activity.

Emergency Contact: Viaventure

24 Hour Emergency:+502 5778 4052 or + 502 5207 4914

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

9 April 2014


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