January 21 - February 11, 2020
Tour Status - Available
This HOSTED agriculture tour with Select Holidays, in Costa Rica, is the place where varied ecosystems live together to create impressive landscapes and unique scenic points. This location is definitely strategic, right in the heart of the occidental hemisphere... just the perfect paradise to enjoy exceptional vacations in the tropics.
The narrowest point of a land bridge between North and South America, Panama shares the biodiversity of both, making for world-class birding and wildlife viewing. This departure is truly a remarkable one to join!
*EARLY BOOKING BONUS:
SAVE $300.00 per person
Deluxe Accommodations & Transportation in Costa Rica & Panama
ALL meals with juice & water with every meal
Farms / Markets / Village Tours
River & Canal Boat Rides plus Lake Cruise
Tortuguero National Park / Volcano National Park / Tabacon Hot Springs
2-Nights at an ALL INCLUSIVE Beach Resort
English Speaking Local Guide
Hosted by Select Holidays
Rural Farm Technical Visits
Driving on Pan-American Highway
Local, English speaking guide
Day 01: Jan 21, 2020: ARRIVE SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA [D]
Depart Canada and fly to San Jose, Costa Rica and transfer to hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy the pool and gardens. WELCOME TO COSTA RICA!
*Due to flight times, a pre-tour extra night may be required at an additional cost.
Day 02: Jan 22, 2020: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Depart after breakfast for farm tours that specialize in carrots for the North American market as well as cabbage, potatoes, onion, strawberries and flowers. Following lunch return to the hotel in time to enjoy the facilities and the wonderful gardens.
Day 03: Jan 23, 2020: TORTUGUERO VILLAGE, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Depart the hotel early, stopping enroute for breakfast. At the river dock, take a boat down the river and canals to Tortuguero National Park. Upon arrival at the Pachia Lodge, check in then have lunch. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the pools or take an optional visit of the local village and visit the beach where the Green Turtles come annually to lay their eggs. Later, take a guided nature walk before dinner.
Day 04: Jan 24, 2020: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
The only way to see the National Park is from a boat. Early in the morning, depart the lodge to search for wildlife before the day gets too warm. Return to the lodge for breakfast and a chance to use the pools and relax before departing once more in the afternoon to travel the canals and wetlands in search of more wildlife. Return to the lodge for a happy hour and dinner.
Day 05: Jan 25, 2020: ARENAL, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
This morning, travel back up river to the dock where the bus will be waiting to take you to La Fortuna in the Arenal area. After lunch, a stop will be made at a local market that sells the fruits produced in the area such as pineapple, bananas, sugar cane and mangos. You visit a pineapple farm that also raise water buffalo as feeder cattle. Continue the drive to Arenal to enjoy a 3-night stay at the four star Arenal Kioro Hotel & Spa where each room has fantastic views of the volcanic coned Arenal, (weather permitting) and delightful pool areas.
Day 06: Jan 26, 2020: TABACON HOT SPRINGS /ARENAL, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Today, visit to an family farm that produces papaya, vegetables and other fruits. Make tortillas and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch with entertainment. Later in the afternoon, visit to the Tabacon Hot Springs to enjoy these soothing hot mineral pools that flow along a river from the volcano. Dinner will be at the Tabacon Hot Springs before returning to the hotel.
Day 07: Jan 27, 2020: ARENAL NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA [B/F/D]
This morning’s visit will include a coffee plantation with lunch. There will be time to shop in the town of La Fortuna on your own before returning to the hotel. In the afternoon, there is an optional hike planned along the base of the volcano. Those not choosing to hike can enjoy the hot soothing waters of the pools back at your hotel.
Day 08: Jan 28, 2020: MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA [B/F/D]
Today, transfer by boat to the other side of Arenal Lake and travel the country roads to Monteverde. There is some magnificent scenery enroute as well as a visit to the Brenes Family Coffee Farm with a light lunch before continuing to the hotel in the Santa Elena area for a 2-night stay and some fantastic sunset views.
Day 09: Jan 29, 2020: MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
This morning visit the Selvatura Walkways. This is a 1.9 mile walking trail suspended in the misty clouds high above the forest. For those not choosing to take part in this walk can visit the Hummingbird and Reptile Park instead. After a lunch, return to the hotel to enjoy an afternoon at leisure OR you may wish to book the optional Zip Line Tour.
Day 10: Jan 30, 2020: ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Depart this morning, travelling to the Puntarenas region of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. Have lunch while enjoying a boat cruise on the river to view the colorful scarlet macaw flying through the tree tops and view the crocodiles and learn about their fascinating habitat. Check into a hotel on the beach for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Jan 31, 2020: ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
This morning enjoy the hotel and the beach before traveling back to San Jose for the night. This evening enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” to Costa Rica and local dance show in a restaurant overlooking the city.
Day 12: Feb 01, 2020: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - PANAMA CITY, PANAMA [B]
Transfer to the San Jose Airport for your flight into Panama City. Arrive and transfer to hotel for a 4-night stay.
Day 13: Feb 02, 2020 PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Panama city is known as “The Dubai of the West”. Dinner at hotel. [B/D]
Day 14: Feb 03, 2020 PANAMA CITY & REGION
Today the tour starts as you travel to the end of Gatun River where the “Embera Quera Indigenous Community” is located. Your adventure begins with a 30-minute ride on the river in a motorized canoe where you can admire the flora and fauna along the river. Once at the village, members will explain about their culture, food, language and traditions. A presentation of their traditional dances and music plus a light lunch can be enjoyed at the village. There is an opportunity to shop for local crafts before transferring to the city of Portobelo, on the Caribbean coast and one of the more important American ports during colonial times. One of the highlights will be the beautiful carved statue of Jesus of Nazareth, which, because of the dark wood used, is known as the “Black Christ”. This full day tour finishes with a train ride back to Panama City on the Trans-Isthmian railway system built in 1850 and traveling beside the Panama Canal. Dinner at hotel. [B/L/D]
Day 15: February 04, 2020 PANAMA CITY
Depart today on a city and area tour. The first stop will be at “Miraflores Locks” visitors center where you learn the history of building the Panama Canal. Afterward, transfer to the “OldQuarter” of Panama built in 1673, and where you can view some of the prominent architectural styles found there. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in the “Old City”. From there, travel out onto the Amador Causeway to visit the Biomuseum. The museum focused on the natural history of Panama, whose isthmus was formed very recently in geologic time, with major impact on the ecology of the Western Hemisphere. Its galleries tell the story of how the rise of the isthmus of Panama changed the world. Have dinner at the “Bucaneros Restaurant”, located on beautiful Flamenco island at the very end of the Amador Causeway. Return to hotel for the night. [B/L/D]
Day 16: February 05, 2020 PANAMA CITY - SANTIAGO
Your travels today will be driving north, crossing over the “Bridge of Americas”, and driving on the “Pan-American Highway”. Visit an orange farm for a tour with lunch featuring Panamanian food in Cocle Province. Cocle is situated in central Panama along the Pacific coast and is primarily an agricultural province. Continue to the city of Santiago and check into hotel for an overnight stay. Dinner included at hotel. [B/L/D]
Day 17: February 06, 2020 SANTIAGO - BOQUETE
You continue driving north into the Province of Chiriquí this morning. Chiriquí claims to have it all: Panama’s tallest mountains, longest rivers and most fertile valleys. The province is also home to spectacular highland rainforests and the most productive agricultural and cattle-ranching regions in the country. A visit is made to Athanasiadi’s chicken farm. Poultry and egg production in Panama brings millions of dollars into the Panamanian economy annually. A Panamanian lunch will be served at the farm before continue driving to Boquete for a 2-night stay. The town is situated in a beautiful valley and is a paradise for birdwatchers and produces some of the finest coffee in the world. [B/L/D]
Day 18: February 07, 2020 BOQUETE - DAVID - BOQUETE
Your first visit today will be into the countryside to visit a sugar cane field before arriving at the “Hacienda Carta Vieja Rum Factory” for a tour and tasting. Since 1915, Carta Vieja has been the best rum in Panama. Their process of slow aging obtained from the juice of sugarcane, gives it an unparalleled flavor and quality. Drive to the city of David for lunch before transferring back to the hotel in Boquete. [B/L/D]
Day 19: February 08, 2020 B0QUETE - ISLA COLON
After breakfast, travel out to the Elida Estate Coffee Farm for a tour. The farmer of this tour has won the award for the most expensive Geisha beans that sold for $800.00 USD per pound on the International Market. Lunch is included during the tour. Transfer to the David airport for a short flight back into Panama City. Here, you transfer to another flight and a short boat ride that will take you to an island resort on the Caribbean side of the country. Check into “Playa Tortuga Resort” for a 2-night stay. The Resort is situated on the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which consists of nine main islands. The Resort is on the waterfront, and within walking distance to the Botanical Garden and Playa El Istmito. Dinner on own. [B/L]
Day 20: February 09, 2020 ISLA COLON
You will have a whole day of fun, sun, sand and sea. Transfer to the marina to join a boat tour to tour Dolphin´s Bay where you are almost always guaranteed to see bottle nose dolphins. Sail on to Crawl Cay, noted for fantastic snorkeling with snorkeling gear supplied if you are so inclined. Zapatilla Cay are two beautiful islands on a coral platform that are surrounded by reefs. The Cays have pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters and is where the Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles come to lay their eggs, in season. Lunch included at an open-air restaurant during today’s touring. Return back to hotel later in the afternoon. Dinner included at “Be Nice Restaurant”, a seafood restaurant. [B/L/D]
Day 21: February 10, 2020 ISLA COLON - PANAMA CITY
Free time to enjoy the resort. Lunch on own at the resort before transferring to the Bocas del Toro airport for the flight back into Panama City. Transfer to the hotel in Panama City for the overnight stay. Enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” this evening at the hotel. [B/D]
Day 22: February 11, 2020 END OF TOUR
Transfer to Tocumen International Airport to check if for your flight back to North America. [B]
Ask about extending your stay in Panama after the main tour ends. Call for details.
per Person, Double - $TBD CAD includes air
PLUS Hotel/Gov’t Taxes: $TBD
Deposit - $2,000.00 per person
Second Deposit - $2,000.00 per person, due before August 30, 2019
Final Payment - per person is due before November 10, 2019