Antarctica & Arctic
Nicaragua’s enchanting landscape is vast and relatively untouched by tourism. Costa Rica is a tropical paradise bursting with wildlife and verdant scenery. Your last stop is Panama, an undiscovered jewel of the region.
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13 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, transportation, flights and activities as specified and services of specialist local guides.
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See the peaks of Ometepe Island
Tortuguero National Park
Discover the Panama Canal
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Arrive in Managua and make your own way to your hotel in Granada.
Explore Masaya Volcano National Park and witness the most active volcanoes in the country. Discover Granada on a walking tour around the cobbled streets and striking colonial buildings. Take a boat ride around Las Isletas in Lake Nicaragua. (B)(L)
Visit San Juan de Oriente and Catarina, known as ‘pueblos blancos’ or white towns with their striking colonial churches. Cross by ferry to Ometepe Island which has a rich archaeological heritage due to the mix of tribes that inhabited the island. (B)(L)
Visit the Ometepe museum and continue to San Juan del Sur town, which hosts a small fishing community nestled in a tranquil bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (B)
Depart Nicaragua and cross the border in to Costa Rica. Arrive into the small town of La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano, by mid-afternoon. (B)
Take a guided hike through Arenal Volcano’s secondary forest and lava fields. The high vantage points on this walk provide great views overlooking Lake Arenal and the birdlife is plentiful. (B)
Set off to the north-east of Costa Rica and Tortuguero National Park. Accessible only by boat, Tortuguero’s vast network of waterways, canals and swamps is remarkably tranquil and unspoiled. Tortuguero is probably most famous as a nesting site for the endangered green turtle. (B)(L)(D)
This morning there will be a boat trip to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of Tortuguero. At this time of day wildlife is usually at its most active and you are likely to encounter monkeys, caiman, iguanas, butterflies and many of the 300+ bird species. (B)(L)(D)
Travel to the region of Cahuita on the Caribbean coast and enjoy Cahuita’s famous white sand beach. (B)(L)
The journey continues alongside vast banana plantations, crossing the border on the banks of the Sixaola River and entering Panama. Board your shuttle boat to the Bocas del Toro Islands. (B)
Today is at leisure to explore the beautiful islands. (B)
Take a boat transfer to the mainland. The journey continues to the small village of Boquete, nestled in the highlands and well known for its beautiful scenery and high quality coffee. There will be a coffee tour to discover the region’s most famous crop: Arabica coffee beans. (B)
Fly to Panama City. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the old town, known as Casco Viejo, with its numerous colonial monuments and churches. In the afternoon visit the Panama Canal to see the spectacular Miraflores Locks in action and marvel at this incredible feat of modern engineering. (B)
Your trip ends this morning. (B)
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