9 or 12 days
San José, Cartago, Puerto Limón region, Caribbean Coastal region, Chiriquí region, David, Panama City

Bask in the beauty of Costa Rica and Panama, two Caribbean countries that look like paradise.

You’ll explore stunning beaches, a culturally rich Indigenous village, Caribbean cuisine, and so much more. From snorkeling through Cahuita National Park to spotting reptiles and waterfalls on a gondola ride to ziplining through a Boquete rainforest, adventure is around every corner.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: San José | Cartago | Puerto Limón region

    Travel to Cartago

    Take an in-depth tour of Cartago

    With your Tour Director you will visit:

    • Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles
    • Santiago Apóstol Parish Ruins
    • Cartago Municipal Museum

    Visit the Guayabo National Monument, the pre-Columbian ruins of an ancient city that bustled about 3,000 years ago

    Travel to the Puerto Limón region, known for its Afro-Caribbean culture

  • Day 3: Puerto Limón region

    Visit Cahuita National Park with an expert local guide

    Go snorkeling amongst colorful fish while observing 600 acres of living coral reefs 

    Enjoy a Calypso dance class

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Limonese cooking class

    Limonese cooking class

    Enjoy a Limonese cooking class. You’ll learn to cook a classic dish such as gallo pinto using ingredients that are common in Limonese cuisine, like large red beans, coconut milk, thyme, and Panamian peppers.

  • Day 4: Puerto Limón region | Caribbean Coastal region

    Visit the Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure Park, where you will: 

    • Spot animals like snakes, frogs, and other reptiles
    • Take a gondola ride to a waterfall 

    Travel to the Caribbean Coastal region

    Enjoy an interactive drumming lesson and performance

  • Day 5: Caribbean Coastal region

    Visit the Bri Bri Indigenous Village, where you will:

    • Take a cacao tour and try some local chocolate samples
    • Enjoy a freshly grown, authentic Bri Bri lunch 

    Enjoy an outdoor adventure at Punta Uva beach, where you’ll go river kayaking

  • Day 6: Caribbean Coastal region | Chiriquí region

    Travel to Chiriquí region by crossing the border into Panama

    Take a guided tour of Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

    With your expert local guide you will encounter a plethora of wildlife, including crocodiles and tapirs 

  • Day 7: Chiriquí region

    Enjoy a ziplining adventure through the Boquete treetop (Participants must weigh less than 200 lbs) 

    Take a canopy tour, where you’ll:

    • Travel through the jungle via hanging bridges  
    • Spot unique flora and wildlife as you explore the ecosystem of jungle canopies 
    • Take in amazing aerial views 
  • Day 8: Chiriquí region | David | Panama City

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Whitewater rafting

    Whitewater rafting

    Experience the thrill and excitement of whitewater rafting on this excursion! Use teamwork to navigate a path through the free-flowing waters of the Río Gariche rapids (level 2-3), all while admiring lush Panama scenery as you pass by stretches of tropical forest.

    Travel to David

    Fly to Panama City

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Panama City

    Visit Panamá Viejo, the ruins from pirate attacks on the original Panama City

    Take a tour of Casco Viejo

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Stop for a photo at the Amador Causeway for a view of the Panama City skyline

  • Day 10: Panama City | Gamboa

    Take a boat ride on Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal where you will learn about the different species on Monkey Island

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

    Stop for a photo at the Panama Canal Administration Building

  • Day 11: Panama City | El Palmar

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Surfing lesson

    Surfing lesson

    Learn to surf on the white sand beaches of one of Panama’s premier surfing locations. Here, an instructor will teach you how to stand on your board as well as how to paddle and pass waves. Once in the water, you'll have the chance to surf by yourself under the supervision of your instructor.

    Participate in a folklore evening with authentic Panamanian food and a traditional dance show

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: San José | Cartago | Puerto Limón region

    Travel to Cartago

    Take an in-depth tour of Cartago

    With your Tour Director you will visit:

    • Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles
    • Santiago Apóstol Parish Ruins
    • Cartago Municipal Museum

    Visit the Guayabo National Monument, the pre-Columbian ruins of an ancient city that bustled about 3,000 years ago

    Travel to the Puerto Limón region, known for its Afro-Caribbean culture

  • Day 3: Puerto Limón region

    Visit Cahuita National Park with an expert local guide

    Go snorkeling amongst colorful fish while observing 600 acres of living coral reefs 

    Enjoy a Calypso dance class

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Limonese cooking class

    Limonese cooking class

    Enjoy a Limonese cooking class. You’ll learn to cook a classic dish such as gallo pinto using ingredients that are common in Limonese cuisine, like large red beans, coconut milk, thyme, and Panamian peppers.

  • Day 4: Puerto Limón region | Caribbean Coastal region

    Visit the Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure Park, where you will: 

    • Spot animals like snakes, frogs, and other reptiles
    • Take a gondola ride to a waterfall 

    Travel to the Caribbean Coastal region

    Enjoy an interactive drumming lesson and performance

  • Day 5: Caribbean Coastal region

    Visit the Bri Bri Indigenous Village, where you will:

    • Take a cacao tour and try some local chocolate samples
    • Enjoy a freshly grown, authentic Bri Bri lunch 

    Enjoy an outdoor adventure at Punta Uva beach, where you’ll go river kayaking

  • Day 6: Caribbean Coastal region | Chiriquí region

    Travel to Chiriquí region by crossing the border into Panama

    Take a guided tour of Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

    With your expert local guide you will encounter a plethora of wildlife, including crocodiles and tapirs 

  • Day 7: Chiriquí region

    Enjoy a ziplining adventure through the Boquete treetop (Participants must weigh less than 200 lbs) 

    Take a canopy tour, where you’ll:

    • Travel through the jungle via hanging bridges  
    • Spot unique flora and wildlife as you explore the ecosystem of jungle canopies 
    • Take in amazing aerial views 
  • Day 8: Chiriquí region | David | Panama City

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Whitewater rafting

    Whitewater rafting

    Experience the thrill and excitement of whitewater rafting on this excursion! Use teamwork to navigate a path through the free-flowing waters of the Río Gariche rapids (level 2-3), all while admiring lush Panama scenery as you pass by stretches of tropical forest.

    Travel to David

    Fly to Panama City

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Panama City

    Visit Panamá Viejo, the ruins from pirate attacks on the original Panama City

    Take a tour of Casco Viejo

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Stop for a photo at the Amador Causeway for a view of the Panama City skyline

  • Day 10: Panama City | Gamboa

    Take a boat ride on Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal where you will learn about the different species on Monkey Island

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

    Stop for a photo at the Panama Canal Administration Building

  • Day 11: Panama City | El Palmar

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Surfing lesson

    Surfing lesson

    Learn to surf on the white sand beaches of one of Panama’s premier surfing locations. Here, an instructor will teach you how to stand on your board as well as how to paddle and pass waves. Once in the water, you'll have the chance to surf by yourself under the supervision of your instructor.

    Participate in a folklore evening with authentic Panamanian food and a traditional dance show

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach; internal flight

  • Hotels

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (11 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Dinner on arrival day; 3 meals Days 2–8 (and Days 9–11 with extension); breakfast on departure day

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by a licensed local guide (4 with extension); 1 sightseeing tour led by your Tour Director

  • Entrances

    Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles; Santiago Apóstol Parish Ruins; Cartago Municipal Museum; Guayabo National Monument; Cahuita National Park; snorkeling; Calypso dance class; Veragua Rainforest & Adventure Park; drumming lesson; Bri Bri Indigenous Village visit and cacao tour; kayaking; Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge; ziplining; hanging bridges (with extension: Panama Viejo Ruins & Museum; Biomuseo; Gatun Lake boat ride; Miraflores Locks Visitor Center; folklore evening)

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • Personalized Learning Support

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
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