SAN JOSE TO PANAMA CITY BOLT

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San Jose to Panama City BSP
DEPARTS SAN JOSE to PANAMA CITY
Trek Code:
BSP
Destination:
Central America
Departs:
Jan-Dec
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18+
Best of Trek:
  • > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca coastal town
  • > White sands of Isla Bastimentos
  • > Explore Panama City
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Tour Overview

Blessed with an untouched white sand coastline, verdant national parks and untold opportunities to explore and have fun, this tour of Costa Rica and Panama is the perfect introduction to Central America. Nature trails, surfing communities and some close encounters of an animal kind make this an absolute treat to savour. No matter what you're hoping to experience: culture, gold, adventure or some of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet, then this is where you get to do all of the above and then some.

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Included Highlights
  • Visit Costa Rica & Panama
  • Splash about in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea
  • Mix with locals in San Jose
  • Enjoy beachside fun at Bocas del Toro
  • Explore the eclectic streets of Panama City
  • Soak up the Santa Catalina surf vibe
  • Dial the relaxation up a notch in Boquete
  • Chill out in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Plus you get...
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation - 10 twin share & 2 multi-share hotel nights.
  • Maximum group size of 16
What is a BOLT tour?
What is a BOLT tour?

BOLT (Buses or Local Transport) are a great, affordable way to travel in Central America. You'll stay in a mix of budget hotels and homestays, with most nights on a twin basis, and travel from A to B in buses, collectivos, taxis, ferries and overnight buses. BOLT trips offer plenty of free time, lots of exciting activities to choose from and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget, all with the help and security of your local tour leader.

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Various optional activities are available with a selection of the most popular listed below. All activities are arranged and paid locally with your tour leader. Please see the day by day itinerary for a full list of activities available each day.

  • > Poas Volcano half day tour, San Jose US$46
  • > Poas Volcano & La Paz waterfalls full day tour, San Jose US$96
  • > Irazu Volcano, Ososi Valley, Lankester garden full day tour, San Jose US$80
  • > Bicycle rental, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$5 per day
  • > Cahuita National Park, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$2
  • > Kekoldi Iguana Reserve, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$4
  • > Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$15
  • > Surf lesson, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$25 per hour
  • > Calderas hot springs, Boquete US$25
  • > Coffee Plantation tour, Boquete US$25
  • > Guided bicycle tour, Boquete US$55
  • > Rock climbing, Boquete US$40
  • > National Museum, San Jose US$7
Tour Itinerary

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

  • Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Take your time to relax and acclimatise prior to meeting the rest of your group and your tour leader at this evening's welcome meeting. This is a great opportunity to find out who you'll be travelling with and an optional group dinner also presents a chance to get a taste of the delicious local grub. San Jose is a really eclectic capital city and you'll quickly discover a blend of modern shops and artisan handicraft stalls as well as lots of museums and surrounding national parks if you want to start exploring straight from the off. For all those with expensive tastes you may wish to check out the Gold Museum however, with so many local vendors plying their wares you may wonder where you'll fit it all in.

    Another optional activity has to be a visit to the National Museum of Costa Rica that was once used as a military barracks and still has plenty of bullet holes left over from the civil war. The museum itself contains loads of artefacts and exhibits to help you find out more about the culture and the history of Costa Rica and if you're a fan of ceramics or just can't enough of all that gold then head to the pre-Columbian section or the gold room for a mind-boggling array of shiny stuff. If you're hoping to head out of the city for a half or full day tour then volcanoes, waterfalls and coffee await which all adds up to a whole heap of awesomeness and it's only day one!
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 2-4: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

    Today is where your adventures start to really hot up as you travel overland by local bus to the coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Over the next couple of days you'll be able to learn to surf, explore the area by bike and get up close and personal to the local animals of Cahuita National Park. Aside from the sloths, monkeys and raccoons at Cahuita NP, animal lovers will no doubt jump at the chance to visit the jaguar rescue centre to find out more about this intrinsically beautiful yet deadly natural born predator.

    Further animal action can be had at the Kekoldi Iguana Reserve which pretty much does exactly as it says on the tin so any lizard lovers out there - you know where to head for. As with many of the projects that you'll encounter, the chance to volunteer and help out is always an option for another trip and if you're hoping to find out more then check with your guide or ask in resort as it's never too late to make good things happen.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 5-7: Isla Bastimentos, Panama

    Next stop are the legendary limits of Panama and once you've crossed the border you'll be free to explore an incredible array of white sand and lush green islands that have got exotic paradise stamped all over them. This is where your tour really starts to kick in and the chance to rest and relax amongst such an exceptional environment will no doubt bring home what an absolute pleasure it is to be alive. Touring the islands of Bocas del Toro and Bastimentos will bring you into contact with some incredible white sand beaches and picture postcard tropical views and the chance to see a red poison dart frog in its natural environment is an absolute treat.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 8-9: Boquete, Panama

    You maybe departing one tropical screen-saver but don't despair as you're heading for another where hot springs, volcano treks and some darn fine coffee are all ready and waiting to make your acquaintance. Boquete is pretty much regarded as one of the finest spots for lovers of nature anywhere on the planet and if haven't already fallen head-over-heels with Central America then you certainly will do now.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 10-11: Santa Catalina, Panama

    Head out to the Pacific coastline as you use local transport to take you to some of the most remote and undeveloped locations on the Central American trail. This is where those surf lessons in Puerto Viejo come in handy but if you just fancy kicking back and relaxing or visiting beautiful Coiba National Park then you've still got plenty of time left to do so. Although you're nearing the end of the tour there are still plenty of optional activities to try and even if you haven't learned to surf yet, don't worry, Santa Catalina's an ideal spot to get your water wings.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 12-13: Panama City, Panama

    Your final couple of days will be spent amongst the world-famous sites of Panama City and from the UNESCO World Heritage old quarter of Casco Viejo to the thoroughly modern lanes and locks of the Panama Canal, this is your chance to really absorb every last drop of Central American culture. Tobaga Island, Soberania National Park and Isla Barro Colorado can all be visited on your penultimate day however, if you just want to write your postcards as you sup yet another cup of local coffee then who could blame you?
    Accommodation: 1 night hotel included

This BOLT trip is run by our sister company and there are no age limits on these departures. We also offer a range of BOLT tours specifically designed for 18-39 year olds. Please contact us for more details.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own TrekAmerica departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Hotel Hemingway Inn

SAN JOSE - HOTEL HEMINGWAY INN
This restored colonial mansion offers free wi-fi, cable TV, bar and restaurant and is surrounded by tropical gardens.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Hotel Centroamericano

PANAMA - HOTEL CENTROAMERICANO
This hotel offers a friendly atmosphere and facilities including air conditioning, bar, restaurant, room safe, Wi-Fi and laundry facilities.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


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