2020 dates for our Costa Rica and Panama tour are January 13 - 22 and March 17 - 26. We will likely add more dates during summer but that's all we have set for high season.
The cost of the tour is $3000 per couple or $1,800 per single in a single room. The tour includes all entry fees, all transportation within Costa Rica and Panama, all lodging, all meals except two lunches and two dinners, all national park fees and even airport transfers. For other tour dates, use this for a reference. Hotel choices may change based on availability.
We have a special treat on the January tour since the Flower Festival will be running in Boquette Panama, which we will be visiting. This tour won't be staying at our guest house in Ojochal so if you want to see Pacific Lots of Costa Rica, please sign up for our March tour instead of this one. We will see some real estate in Ojochal but this tour is 95% tourism and not much real estate. The tour in March will be more about real estate.
Day 1: We have you take a taxi from the airport to the hotel Martino, the hotel will pay for the taxi when you arrive. If you arrive early in the day you can go to the zoo across the street from the hotel (at your own expense) and meals are on you that day since guests will be arriving at all different times of the day. We will have a welcome cocktail party on day one at 6:30 pm at the Hotel Martino bar. No meals are included today.
Lodging - Hotel Martino http://www.hotelmartino.com
Day 2: 8 am trip to Doka Coffee Plantation https://dokaestate.com/coffee-tour and then to La Paz Waterfall Gardens www.waterfallgardens.com. All meals are included on day 2. Staying another night at the Hotel Martino
Day 3: We’ll start the day after our included breakfast leaving for Manuel Antonio early morning and staying at the Costa Verde Hotel www.CostaVerde.com. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the tour fee. We’ll try to watch the sunset from the Hotel La Mariposa www.hotelmariposa.com (time permitting) and dinner will be at the Barba Roja or El Avion restaurant. The hotel has several tours available including zip-lines (at your expense) but most of us will go to Manuel Antonio National park that afternoon, which is included in the tour fee http://www.fodors.com/news/story_1320.html beach, hiking trails, lots of animals..
Day 4: Relaxing morning at the hotel or optionally go to the beach in Manuel Antonio via taxi if desired ($5 taxi). We'll be leaving the hotel at noon and heading to the Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical later that day. www.villasriomar.com We'll have lunch in Dominical and head to the outside crafts market at the beach. We'll end the day early to enjoy the pool at the hotel and dinner is included at Fuego Restaurant that night. Laundry service is available at this hotel (for a fee) to keep from having to pack everything for the entire 10 days. All meals included.
Day 5: We will be touring the area around Dominical. We'll be visiting the Hacienda Barú Nature Reserve with optional zip line tour for those who dare, in the morning and have lunch at Maracatu. We also offer a jungle walk/mangrove tour at the Hacienda Baru. we’ll likely go to the el Pavone Waterfalls and have lunch there and get a chance to swim in the waterfall. Lunch is on us while dinner that night will be at our guest house in Ojochal. We can enjoy the pool after dinner and the night is free to relax. All meals included. We will be staying at our guest house in Ojochal.
Day 6: We will visit a few home owners in our developments to see our custom home building services and giving you a chance to talk to owners in our developments. We will also get a chance to view some lots available for sale, see our 10,000 wood shop where we make our windows, doors, cabinets, counters, etc. We'll see the 80,000 square foot hospital in Cortez, visit a local supermarket and end the day with a swim in the ocean at Playa Ventanas, where we will see the caves to the ocean. All meals are at our guest house and we'll spend the evening by the pool.
Day 7: We depart our lodging after breakfast and will be going on a river cruise on the Sierpe River to see birds, animals, flora and fauna. We will have lunch at Kokopelli and then head to the border of Panama and then head on to David where we will spend the night at the Grand Nacional Hotel and Casino. The border crossing requires a bit of time since there's typically 15 of us but it goes smoothly. We arrive in David around 5 pm and have a chance to unwind at the Gran Nacional. All meals are included.
Day 8: We head to Panama City after breakfast. This is the longest driving day and we stop a few times along the way to break up the drive. We have a scheduled stop in Santiago for lunch. We are staying at the Eurostars Hotel in Panama City. https://www.eurostarshotelcompany.com/EN/eurostars-panama-city.html. Since it is high season in Panama, we've splurged to add this luxury 5 star hotel. With 300 rooms and built in 2011, the Eurostars features a great view of the Panama skyline and is centrally located – We'll visit the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo and the Fish Market among other things on this day. Lunch is included at Tantalo restauranthttp://tantalohotel.com/kitchen/#lunch in Casco Viejo and dinner will be on your own. There's a great restaurant at the hotel as well as a variety of options within walking distance of the hotel.
Day 9: We will be touring around Panama City, seeing some of the highlights including the Armador Causeway and the municipal fish market in Panama City, an amazing quick visit to a very comprehensive fish market.
Day 10: Property tour of Panama City condos in the morning and providing transport to the airport, PTY airport code, Optional lodging in Panama City at the Eurostars for those who want to stay in Panama City another night. The rate for an extra night will be $75 including tax.
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