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Central America Journey

Price per person / Double occupancy
Taxes Included

Central America Journey – once you begin your Central America travel, you will discover a small country with an incredible amount of biodiversity. More than one-quarter of the nation is protected land, cloud forest, rainforest, dry forest, impressive waterfalls, volcanoes, abundant wild life and immaculate beaches, making Costa Rica a nature lover’s paradise.

In addition to exploring Costa Rica we will continue up to discover Nicaragua, a country blessed by natural treasures, colonial charming cities and friendly people—our small group will have the chance to visit the highlights of Granada and Omepete. After a couple of days we will return to Costa Rica to visit the colossal Arenal volcano and its relaxing hot springs, navigate the fascinating Tortuguero Canals and enjoy the vibrant life of Puerto Viejo. The journey continue to Bocas del Toro, the region is part of a much larger protected area, La Amistad, crossing into Costa Rica and spanning some 2.5 million hectares. Its intense biodiversity and pristine state have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. We will take a local flight to Panamá City, a cosmopolitan city full of life; you will discover Casco Viejo, the historic district and cultural gem of Panama City. Live the party, dance the night away to live Salsa or just admire the city from a RooftopBar.

Introduction
Itinerary
Hotels
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Introduction

Trip Style: Leisure & Nature Exploring
Operational Season: Year Round
Departures: Every Day

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Greet & meet at the Airport. Transfer to San José
  • Day 2: San José – Monteverde – Hanging Bridges at Selvatura
  • Day 3: Monteverde – Peñas Blancas / Nicaragua – Ometepe
  • Day 4: Ometepe – Granada City Tour – Granada
  • Day 5: Granada – Masaya Volcano –  Boat Tour Las Isletas – Granada
  • Day 6: Granada –  Los Chiles / Costa Rica – La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano
  • Day 7: Arenal National Park –  Thermal Springs
  • Day 8: La Fortuna – Tortuguero
  • Day 9: Tortuguero National Park tour
  • Day 10: Tortuguero – Puerto Viejo Beach
  • Day 11: Cahuita – Bocas del Toro
  • Day 12: Bocas del Toro – Boat excursion to watch dolphins
  • Day 13: Bocas del Toro – local flight – Panamá city tour
  • Day 14:  Partial Panama Canal tour & Dinner
  • Day 15: Return flight from Panama City

Highlights

  • Discover the cloud forest of Monteverde, the majestic Arenal Volcano, the Tortuguero Canals and the Carbbean coast in Costa Rica.
  • Combination of active and easy excursions
  • Explore the colonial city of Granada, the Masaya Volcano National Park and the ‘Isletas’, an archipelago of 350 little islands in Nicaragua
  • Be amazed by the beauty of Bocas del Toro and enjoy the nightlife at Panamá City.
  • Bilingual local guide in each country, cultural experiences and fun adventures

Brief Itinerary

Enjoy 15 days traveling and discovering the highlights of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panamá. Make new friends and explore nature reserves, know friendly locals, immerse yourself in new cultures… An amazing gay journey you will never forget!

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Greet & meet at the Juan Santa Maria International Airport where your private driver and tour guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. Comfort Hotel, Gay Owned***Colours Oasis, Budged Saver.

Included

  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • Lodging at San José

Day 2

San José – Monteverde

Right after breakfast, your fantastic experience starts with an expedition up to the mountains of Monteverde, our cloud forest jewel. The last 35 km will be a quite bumpy adventure. Here, we will check in at our country lodge, Trapp Family Lodge. After that we will visit Selvatura to take a guided tour through the hanging bridges, from here you may see many birds and plants in the dense green forest. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure, you can enjoy an optional canopy tour, spend time at the butterfly garden or if you prefer just walk through the natural trails of the park. Comfort hotel, Gay Friendly***Trapp Family Lodge or similar, Standard Room. (B)

  • Breakfast
  • Hanging Bridges Tour, round trip transportation, equipment and bilingual guide
  • Lodging at Monteverde

Day 3

Monteverde – Omepete, Nicaragua 

After a delicious breakfast you will head back to the Highway and continue via Guanacaste northwards to Peñas Blancas, border town to Nicaragua (approx. 11:30h). After passing the immigration formalities at the border, your Nicaraguan guide will take the group over and you continue along the large Lake Nicaragua. During the trip enjoy a scenic drive to the volcanic Island of Ometepe. In Moyogalpa our local transportation will be waiting for you and you continue to Playa Santo Domingo, passing by some colorful towns. Comfort Hotel, Gay Friendly***Villa Paraiso, Superior Cabins. (B,L)

  • Breakfast
  • Round-trip transportation, tours and local guide
  • Lodging at Omepete

Day 4

Omepete – Granada city tour 

Today in the morning we will visit the museums “El Ceibo” and stop at the renowned laguna “Charco Verde” before taking the ferry back to the mainland. From San Jorge, we keep on towards Granada, the oldest city in the Americas, founded in 1524 by the conqueror Hernández de Córdoba. You will explorer and enjoy the historical centre of this colonial gem during a guided walking tour. Gay Owned Boutique Hotel***La Islita, suite. (B&D)

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Round-trip transportation and local guide.
  • Tours
  • Lodging at Granada.

Day 5

Granada – Masaya Volcano – Boat tours Isletas

After breakfast, you will be ready for today’s excursion. Our next destination is the Masaya Volcano National Park, where you can watch the Santiago Crater. Due to its extraordinary activity, local people call this crater ‘mouth of the devil’. Then, you will continue to Catarina, a traditional town, to appreciate the spectacular panorama of Apoyo Lagoon and the area nearby. On the way to Granada you will stop by the ‘Isletas’, an archipelago of 350 little islands. During a boat tour you will discover some of these fascinating islands just offshore Granada and observe the wildlife of this region. Return to your hotel at Granada. Gay Owned Boutique Hotel***La Islita, Suite Room. (B & L)

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Round-trip transportation and local guide.
  • Tours mencioned
  • Lodging at Granada.

Day 6

Granada – La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Today after the breakfast and check out, we will leave Granada and drive to San Carlos. Enjoy the different sceneries and learn more about this Nicaraguan region during the trip. From San Carlos we will take a private boat along the Rio Frío to Los Chiles, where you reach Costa Rican territory. Again your local guide will wait for you at Los Chiles / Costa Rica, from there the journey continues by land transportation to La Fortuna town, located at the foot of the active Arenal Volcano. Check in at your hotel. After dinner you may enjoy the hotel’s own hot springs until 10:00 pm. Comfort Class Hotel, Gay Friendly***Arenal Paraiso, Superior Room.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Transportation from Nicaragua to La Fortuna.
  • Lodging at La Fortuna town.

Day 7

La Fortuna – Rio Balsa Rafting tour – Thermal Springs

Experience the thrill and adrenalin of white water river rafting on this adventure on the class 2/3 Balsa River. After meeting with you river guide we will drive 30 minutes to put in where the fun starts! Your guides explain the security procedures and safety gear before embarking down the river. Enjoy up to 2 exciting hours of white water action on this stunning tropical river. Get wet and wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. Enjoy a swim, various fresh tropical fruits and cold drinks followed by a energetic Costa Rican lunch at a local farm. The lunch spot is a tour in itself. Return to La Fortuna to discover the famous The Springs Hot Springs. Comfort Class Hotel***Arenal Paraiso, Superior Room. (B & L)

  • Breakfast
  • Picnic lunch
  • White water rafting tour & Visit to the Hot Springs
  • Lodging at La Fortuna

Day 8

La Fortuna -Tortuguero National Park

Today after your early check out, we will depart to the Caribbean region of Costa Rica, we will stop for a typical breakfast and continue to the Pavona dock, here we’ll board a boat to get to the Lodge. Enjoy your lunch and discover the amazing wildlife of the area. At afternoon you can visit the Tortuguero town. Comfort Class, Gay Friendly Lodge***Turtle Beach, Standard Room. (B, L & D)

  • Breakfast on the road
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Visit to the Tortuguero Village
  • Lodging at Tortuguero

Day 9

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero and its labyrinth of natural waterways give the tourist the chance to experience a true rainforest experience, the illusion of exploring dense and endless jungles, full of flora and fauna without getting off the boat. Discover the delightful canals of Tortuguero and explore the rainforests, exotic plants, the wildlife like river & sea turtles, crocodiles and other animals in this incredible and outstanding adventure and nature tour. Comfort Class Lodge***Turtle Beach, Standard Room. (B, L & D)

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tour to the Tortuguero Canals including the entrance fee, guide and transportation
  • Lodging at Tortuguero

Note: Optional Nesting tour at night for only $30.00 per person

Day 10

Tortuguero National Park – Puerto Viejo

After breakfast, we leave the beautiful area of Tortuguero by boat. At La Pavona Dock, the bus is waiting for you. We will travel to the Caribbean coast, a place full of life and music. We follow the coast to the South to Puerto Viejo, a small village with a typical Caribbean ambience, a relaxed vibe and cool people. Check in at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure, enjoy it with a drink in one of the reggae bars, take a bike to explorer the village and have dinner in one of the local restaurants. Comfort Class Lodge, Gay Owned***Banana Azul, Standard Room. (B & L)

  • Breakfast.
  • Transportation by boat and private van to Puerto Viejo.
  • Lodging at Puerto Viejo

Day 11

 Puerto Viejo – Bocas del Toro, Panamá

After breakfast, morning at leisure, around 11 am is time to continue to Sixaola, border town to Panama. Your guide helps you with the immigration paperwork and you cross over a quite adventurous bridge (approx. 1pm). In Guabito, the Panamanian border town, your local guide is already waiting for you and you keep on to Almirante. Here, you will load the luggage on a boat and navigate about 30 minutes the islands of Bocas del Toro, until arriving at the major Island of Colón. After a short walk check-in at your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Here you will find bars, restaurants, shops and souvenir stands in a very relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. Comfort Class Gay owned Hotel***Plantation Island, Deluxe Room. (B & D)

  • Breakfast.
  • Transportation by boat and private van to Bocas del Toro.
  • Lodging at Bocas del Toro

Day 12

Bocas del Toro – Boat Tour

Today you will enjoy a boat excursion to Laguna Bocatorito, where you can watch dolphins. In a nice local restaurant you can taste some delicious seafood. Coral Key is an ideal place for snorkeling. In the afternoon we will visit the Red Frog Beach or the Stars Beach, where you have time to swim or to explore the island. Passing by Hospital Point, you return to the hotel on the main island. Comfort Class Lodge, Gay Owned***Plantation Island, Deluxe Room. (B & L)

  • Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Tour to Laguna Bocatorito, Coral key and Red Frog Island.
  • Lodging at Bocas del Toro

Day 13

Bocas del Toro – Panamá City

Today you will enjoy a boat excursion to Laguna Bocatorito, where you can watch dolphins. In a nice local restaurant you can taste some delicious seafood. Coral Key is an ideal place for snorkeling. In the afternoon we will visit the Red Frog Beach or the Stars Beach, where you have time to swim or to explore the island. Passing by Hospital Point, you return to the hotel on the main island. Comfort Class Lodge, Gay Owned***Plantation Island, Deluxe Room. (B & L)

  • Breakfast.
  • Local Flight to Panamá City
  • City Tour
  • Lodging at Panamá City

Day 14

Panamá City – Partial Crossing of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an engineering masterpiece that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Partial transits typically sail round-trip from Florida ports. The ship will enter the first set of locks, then turn around in Gatun Lake and exit the canal the way it entered. Partial transits give you a sampling of the workings of the Panama Canal, but in less time than a full canal transit. Comfort Class Hotel, Gay Friendly***Casa Nuratti, Standard Room. (B & L)

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Partial Panamá Canal Tour
  • Lodging at Panamá City

Day 15

Panamá- Return flight from Panamá City

Transfer to the international Airport Tocumen of Panama City, depending on your departure time. Here our services end.

  • Breakfast.
  • Private transfer to the International Airport Tocumen.

Hotels

Colours Oasis

Combining modest luxury and Spanish style with extraordinary value, Colours Oasis Resort is San José’s leader full-service boutique hotel for gay and hetero/straight friendly adult clients. Warm, friendly and open minded Colours welcomes gays, bisexual, lesbian, straight people of all ages: singles, couples and groups.

Trapp Family Hotel

The Trapp Family hotel is the nearest hotel to the famous Monverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Whether you prefer comfort, the feeling of being in the middle of a captivating cloudforest, or an authentic family hospitality, you have found the right place. The Hotel is an ideal option for an unforgettable vacation, surrounded by a paradise of flora and fauna. You will be capable to enjoy Monteverde’s unique beauty.

Villa Paraiso Hotel

The hotel is situated 24 km from Moyogalpa, the most important port on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua and 14 km from the new port of San Jose del Sur.  Villa Paraíso Hotel is also located right on the lovely Santo Domingo beach; an exotic tropical accommodation, with staff enthusiastic to welcome and assist you.
The hotel has private cabins dispersed among natural vegetation and overlooking the beach.

La Islita Hotel

La Islita originally was constructed using reclaimed wood, recycled roof tiles and doors from deteriorating haciendas in the area; it was designed around the gigantic mango tree which is the heart of the property. This boutique gay owned hotel is ideally located at the end of a safe and quiet street, only two short blocks from Granada’s main attractions and restaurants.

Arenal Paraiso Hotel

The hotel is situated in La Fortuna, close to the National Park Arenal Volcano, the accommodations are surrounded by lush tropical gardens and walking trails and guests will get pleasure from using the hotel’s swimming pools and hot springs. Hotel Arenal Paraiso has an amazing 14 swimming pools. All pools are fed by natural spring water and are thus high in mineral content. Some pools are smaller and intimate, while others are pretty large. The pool temperatures range from 107°F (42° C) to 78° F (26° C).  In addition to these pools, the hotel also offers guests use of their private trails, which extend throughout the hotel’s 160 acres (65 ha).

Turtle Beach Lodge – Tortuguero

Turtle Beach Lodge in Tortuguero National Park, is a isolated lodge spanning 175 acres. It includes miles of jungle trails, a meandering private canal and a half mile of secluded beach on the Caribbean Sea.

The lodge offers highly skilled staff and guides who ease you into an amazing jungle experience. Tortuguero has incredible biological assortment due to the existence of eleven unlike habitats, including rainforest, swamps, beaches and lagoons. The lodge’s grounds practically explode with an spectacular array of colorful flowers and plants, trees and a singular medicinal garden with plants native to Costa Rica.

Banana Azul – Puerto Viejo

The Banana Azul hotel is a small and cozy hotel in Puerto Viejo Beach. The owners, Colin Brownl band Jorge Fernández, will welcome you to their lodge created with care using local products and a philosophy that highlights relaxation. Beautiful gardens decorate the property. Relax, drink or eat under one of the beach shade ranchos or relax in one of the several freely-hanging hammocks where you can take an afternoon napping or read a book. The accommodations consist of 14 beautiful guest rooms, all with private bath and free wireless internet to perfect for adventurous travelers looking for a comfortable, peaceful place to stay while visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Island Plantation – Bocas del Toro

Island Plantation is a petite Bali-Style Eco Resort located right in front of beautiful and unspoiled Bluff Beach on the most important island of the Bocas archipelago.  Three comfortable and stylishly appointed King bed Deluxe guest rooms and a two-bedroom Suite (one king bed, two twins) make up this small paradise!

The owners and managers are skilled hospitality professionals that understand the importance of excellence, fine food and wine, outstanding service, and the modest extras that make any stay special.

Casa Nuratti – Panamá City

Casa Nuratti was planned thinking of those who enjoy the practical things of life. Since the dominant color of the 14 rooms, white, each one assures lovely rest, through a blend of details that are a temptation to stay.
The decor is simple and clean, incorporating characteristic elements of Panamanian environment, including remnants of the local culture, which are skylights to the society, history and geography of the country.
Similarly, in recognition of the history of the property, in each one of the spaces, Casa Nuratti allows guests to learn one characteristic of Panama, which are not always in view of the common tourist. For this reason, a complete tour of our rooms can get a broad overview of the country, its people, their culture.