Sloth Is Not A Sin

Boquete
See the Panama Canal at Miraflores Lock
  • Kick things off in Costa Rica, chow down on some churros the San Jose way, get your rasta on in Puerto Viejo and mimic the slo-mo sloths. Blink and you won’t miss ‘em. Cross the Panamanian border by foot, dibs a seat on yellow chicken bus (may or may not involve actual chickens), surf the Santa Catalina swell and hit a caffeine high in Boquette. 

     

    Fun animal fact #684: sloths are the world's slowest mammals. They're so slow that algae actually grows on their coat. Blink and you won't miss them. In fact, you could probably take a three hour snooze in the time it takes them to yawn.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - San Jose

    Meet your group and local tour guide in San Jose, or 'Chepe' as the Ticos (Costa Ricans) call it. Don't miss the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica (national theatre) and the sweet and crispy churros (doughnuts) at Churreria Manolo's.

    Your trip starts on arrival in San Jose.

    A pre-departure meeting will be held in the evening on Day 1

    • If you arrive early spend free time exploring and getting acquainted with San Jose - see the list of optional activities for suggestions

    Day 2-4 - Puerto Viejo

    Get to know your Caribbean: reggae, snorkel, surf, mountain bike, dive and meet sloths and howler monkeys at Cahuita National Park.

    • Spend three nights in Puerto Viejo, located on the Caribbean Sea
    • Enjoy optional activities including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, diving and snorkelling
    • Soak up the local culture, discover the local reggae or sample the indigenous handicrafts on offer
    • Take a day trip to Cahuita by public bus
    • Visit Cahuita National Park to see wildlife

    Day 5-7 - Bocas del Toro

    There's plenty of time here to get acquainted with Panama's favourite drink, seco. It's a lot like vodka or rum, but it's about 80 proof. Mix it with milk like the locals or order a 'chichita Panama' with pineapple and grapefruit juice.

    • Cross on foot into Panama over an old train bridge (which serves as the border)
    • Perhaps wander across to Red Frog Beach, rent a bike or go dolphin-spotting

    Day 8-9 - Boquete

    Don't ask why we're driving you to the village of Boquete on a yellow school bus, just enjoy the randomness. If you feel you've earned a bit of pampering, head to the Caldera Hot Springs for a massage.

    • Journey on a public bus to Boquete
    • Perhaps visit the Paradise Gardens Wildlife Rescue Center, climb the rim of the Baru Volcano, take a dip in the Caldera Hot Springs or go whitewater rafting or kayaking
    • Go on a coffee tour

    Day 10-11 - Santa Catalina

    • One of the best sites for surfing in Central America, Santa Catalina is a good place to get critical. Or, you can go fishing, diving and visit Coiba National Park, and not get critical at all.
    • Travel by local bus to Santa Catalina, on the Pacific side of Panama (approx 8 hrs)
    • Santa Catalina is still very remote and undeveloped, it's one of the best sites for surfing in Central America
    • Next day is free
    • Perhaps surf, fish, dive or visit Coiba National Park.

    Day 12-13 - Panama City

    See the mad engineering feat of the Panama Canal. Finish things up with a Balboa beer and a final plate of yuca frita and sancocha.

    Day 12

    • Travel on the Pan-American highway on a public bus to Panama City
    • Cross the Bridge of the Americas (finished in 1962) before arriving in Panama City
    • Perhaps jump aboard a ‘chiva’ (party bus) or head down to Calle Uruguay
    • See the Kuna Indians sell their ‘molas’ (part of their traditional costume) 
    • Walk around the French Quarter
    • Stop by the San Jose Church, the Plaza Bolivar and the Presidential Palace
    • Visit the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Locks

    Day 13

    • Trip finishes after breakfast
  • What's Included

    • An experienced regional tour guide plus there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, meals, entrance fees, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

    Safety Information

    Active Volcanoes
    This tour passes through volcanic areas.  In the instance a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Geckos will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Geckos.

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