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Wild Costa Rica and Panama

Wild Costa Rica and Panama

Wild Costa Rica and Panama Overview

Discover the hidden natural treasures of Costa Rica and Panama on our coast to coast adventure.

Costa Rica and Panama are two diminutive countries that pack a punch when it comes to adventure and unparalleled immersion into wild, untamed jungle; mist-shrouded cloud-forest and untouched coastline. Costa Rica is rightly renowned for its incredible biodiversity; but for many Panama remains an enigma, far off the beaten track. This is a region rich in nature and steeped in a fascinating history of conquistadors, marauding British pirates and the tragic human story behind the construction of the Panama Canal. Our adventure starts in San Jose; walking the trails of some of its premier national parks and reserves including the trails of Tirimbina Biological Reserve,  the world-famous turtle-nesting beaches of Tortuguero National Park and the protected coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. Crossing the land border into Panama, we explore pristine cloud-forests dominated by the towering Volcan Baru from a range of hanging bridges suspended high in the canopy. There is also a zip-line tour which enables us to safely fly across the valleys and tree-tops, affording us a unique perspective of the landscape. We continue to the Chiriqui National Marine Park off the Pacific Coast, and by boat explore remote untouched islands and coral reefs. During the whale-watching season we will head to the area renowned for observing these majestic mammals. Flying internally to Panama City, our action-packed adventure nears it end. Before we leave, however, we will walk the atmospheric streets Casco Viejo and visit the impressive Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, where we can observe ships passing through the gigantic locks. We stay in a range of comfortable hotels, chalets and eco-lodges, all picked for their character or convenient location.
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