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10 days in Costa Rica, Panama - Costa Rica & Panama Trip: 10 Days (For 18 - 35 years) tour

10 days in Costa Rica, Panama - Costa Rica & Panama Trip: 10 Days (For 18 - 35 years)

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 1,060 $ 106 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Whitewater Raft Down the Rio Pacuare
  • Go Scuba Diving
  • Go Snorkelling
  • Sail through the Caribbean
  • Fly Under Water
  • Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too
  • Practice Yoga on the Beach
  • Caribbean Bicycle Parade
  • Puerto Viejo Waterfall Tour
  • Tasty Tuesday Fiesta at Tasty Waves Cantina!
  • Beach Cleanup

Short Description

This chilled out 10-day trip is all about the Caribbean vibe: white-sand beaches, reggae music, hammock siestas and serene turquoise water. We journey down to the Rastafarian town of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica by rafting down the extravagant Rio Pacuare, named 1 of the 5 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic! We then settle in the wonderland of Bocas del Toro in Panama to experience everything that the Caribbean has to offer. There's a very cool mixture of Latin and Creole culture present in this region and English-speaking locals give you a break from practicing your Spanish to joke about with the people here. There’s also some stellar diving and snorkeling in the unbelievably clear water, as well as very underrated waves for surfing on the picturesque Caribbean beaches. And no trip through the Caribbean is complete without hopping on a yacht and gliding across the crystal waters with a beverage of your choice in hand and your entire Free & Easy group around you!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural High Adventure

Destinations

Costa Rica Panama

Cities & Attractions

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Trip Includes

Accommodation (Central Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-6 person rooms throughout the trip
Transportation
  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders
  • Knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook
Meals: Costa Rica & Panama (10 Days)
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch during White Water Rafting day trip
  • Sunset beach BBQ
Activities: Costa Rica & Panama (10 Days)
  • White Water Rafting down the Pacuare River
  • Underwater surfing session
  • Jaguar rescue centre tour
  • Tasty waves party
  • Sunset beach BBQ

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Puerto Viejo

Puertio Viejo may be in Costa Rica, but it is definitely a Caribbean town first and a part of Costa Rica second as Afro-Caribbean culture dominates here. Reggae music and a nice smelling smoke comes out of virtually every door you'll pass as you cruise down this one-road town on a sweet cruiser bicycle. Adding to its Caribbean feel is several spectacular beaches, amazing food, wicked surfing and an overall chilled out attitude that could make even the most high strung individual relax and take life 'free and easy'. A pretty rowdy late night scene may keep you up late here enjoying the party, but come morning you'll want to spring right up and forget about being hungover to ensure you get a good look at the miles of pristine Caribbean beach surrounding this awesome town!

Day 2 - Bocas Del Toro

Bocas del Toro consists of six Caribbean islands just 32 km from the Costa Rican border in Panama, and between those six islands and the clear turquoise water that separates them there is a wonderland of beauty and activity to behold. Life in Bocas provides everything from stunning Caribbean white-sand beaches to wondrous snorkelling and diving opportunities through pristine reefs to awesome surfing on surreal Caribbean breaks to just hanging out on a yacht, casting out a fishing line out and sipping your drink. And the vibe in Bocas is very much Caribbean, with some delicious local cuisine and the overall laid-back Rasta vibe felt throughout the islands. Plus Panama's insanely cheap beer and rum has created in Bocas one of the wildest party scenes in Central America!

Day 3 - Alajuela, San José

Alajueal is a small city in the plateau of the Costa Rican mountain range that helps make up the Central Valley along with San Jose, Heredia and Cartago the Central Valley is surrounded by mountains and 4 active volcanos, Poás, Barva, Irazú and Turrialba. Alajueal is a great place to walk around and see what a city in Costa Rica really looks like. Busy and busily streets are adorned with small colourful shops of all shapes, sizes and varieties while markets fruit stands, church parks and restaurants are closely scattered around the city. 

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Nov-04-2019Nov-04-2019$ 1,0609 Reserve
Dec-03-2019Dec-03-2019$ 1,0608 Reserve
Jan-16-2020Jan-16-2020$ 1,06011 Reserve
Feb-25-2020Feb-25-2020$ 1,06019 Reserve
Mar-26-2020Mar-26-2020$ 1,06018 Reserve
May-10-2020May-10-2020$ 1,06018 Reserve
Jul-09-2020Jul-09-2020$ 1,0605 Reserve

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10 days in Costa Rica, Panama - Costa Rica & Panama Trip: 10 Days (For 18 - 35 years)

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Absolutely one of the best experiences of my life! LOVED Costa Rica and Panama!! The layout of the trip, the activities, the leaders and the people I met made the entire trip what it was- AMAZING! From white water rafting, to waterfalls, to hostels on the ocean, to beach days and bike rides- I could not have asked for a better experience. THANK YOU!
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Optional Activities

  • Caribbean bicycle tour
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Waterfall tour
  • Catamaran booze cruise
  • Caving

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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