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San Jose to Panama

Trip Length

Trip Code

18 days PSKK

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Costa Rica, Panama

Start City

End City

San Jose Panama City
San Jose to Panama

Squeezed in between the pounding swells of the Pacific and the crystal hues of the Caribbean, dotted with live volcanos and gifted with generous swathes of lush jungle, Costa Rica and Panama often feel like the lands that time forgot. Thanks to some green-minded conservation decisions on the part of progressive governments, this delightful slither of Central America will enchant and enthrall nature boffins and adventure enthusiasts alike. From the smouldering crater of Arenal Volcano to the tranquil beach town of Golfito, the mist-shrouded foliage of the Monteverde cloudforest to the steaming jungle of Manuel Antonio National Park and the contrasting sides of Panama City, this is one journey sure to bestow impressions not easily relinquished.

Why we love it:

San Jose to Panama

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Real or similar, San Jose


Day 2-3: La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Casa Luna Lodge or similar, La Fortuna


Day 4-5: Monteverde

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Historias Lodge or similar, Monteverde


Day 6-7: Manuel Antonio National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Los Almendros or similar, Manuel Antonio


Day 8-9: San Jose

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Real or similar, San Jose


Day 10-11: San Gerardo de Dota

Meals included: 2 breakfasts


Day 12-13: Golfito

Meals included: 2 breakfasts


Day 14-15: Boquete

Meals included: 2 breakfasts


Day 16-18: Panama City

Meals included: 3 breakfasts


Your Trip

What's Included


Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

What to know


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


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).

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


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 ( 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


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.

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

17 June 2014

General Contact Details

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