9 or 12 days
Guanacaste, Arenal region, Sarapiquí, San José, Panama City, extension to Chitré
Journey into the heart of Central America as you experience Costa Rica and Panama. Begin in Costa Rica, where you’ll discover the volcanic Arenal Region and the rich wildlife of the Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste. During your time in Panama, explore the area’s abundant flora and fauna at the Biomuseo and see one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Guanacaste

    Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity

  • Day 3: Guanacaste • Arenal region

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Canopy tour

    Canopy tour

    Zip lines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! With local expert guides at your side to instruct you on safety protocol, you can decide which view you prefer—from below the trees or from above. 

    Note: This activity reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh under 200 lbs to participate.  

  • Day 4: Arenal Region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall 

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 5: Arenal region • Sarapiquí • San José

    Travel to Sarapiquí

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion

  • Day 6: San José • Panama City

    Fly to Panama City

    Enjoy a walking tour of Cinta Costera

  • Day 7: Panama City

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

  • Day 8: Panama City • Gatun Lake

    Take a boat ride on Gatun Lake

    See Monkey Island

    Take a tour of Casco Viejo

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore evening

    Folklore evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Panamanian dinner. After dinner, an interactive dance show will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Panama City • Chitré

    Travel to Chitré

    Visit a local farm to learn about the agriculture of the Azuero Peninsula

  • Day 10: Chitré • Panama City

    Visit with local artisans and learn how traditional Panamanian crafts are made 

    Travel to Panama City

  • Day 11: Panama City • Chagres National Park

    Take a day trip to Chagres National Park

    Take a canoe ride on the Rio Chagres

    Visit an Emberá indigenous village

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Guanacaste

    Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity

  • Day 3: Guanacaste • Arenal region

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Canopy tour

    Canopy tour

    Zip lines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! With local expert guides at your side to instruct you on safety protocol, you can decide which view you prefer—from below the trees or from above. 

    Note: This activity reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh under 200 lbs to participate.  

  • Day 4: Arenal Region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall 

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 5: Arenal region • Sarapiquí • San José

    Travel to Sarapiquí

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion

  • Day 6: San José • Panama City

    Fly to Panama City

    Enjoy a walking tour of Cinta Costera

  • Day 7: Panama City

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

  • Day 8: Panama City • Gatun Lake

    Take a boat ride on Gatun Lake

    See Monkey Island

    Take a tour of Casco Viejo

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore evening

    Folklore evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Panamanian dinner. After dinner, an interactive dance show will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Panama City • Chitré

    Travel to Chitré

    Visit a local farm to learn about the agriculture of the Azuero Peninsula

  • Day 10: Chitré • Panama City

    Visit with local artisans and learn how traditional Panamanian crafts are made 

    Travel to Panama City

  • Day 11: Panama City • Chagres National Park

    Take a day trip to Chagres National Park

    Take a canoe ride on the Rio Chagres

    Visit an Emberá indigenous village

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

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

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director

  • Entrances

    Rincón de la Vieja National Park; snorkeling; kayaking on Lake Arenal; La Fortuna Waterfall; Arenal hot springs; whitewater rafting; Biomuseo; Miraflores Locks Visitor Center; Gatun Lake boat ride; with extension: local farm visit, local artisan visit, Emberá indigenous village

  • 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.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    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.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 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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