Costa Rica & Panama
Bounty of the Canal
This customizable Costa Rica and Panama luxury holiday explores some of the most beautiful and bountiful regions of Central America. Your “10 days in paradise” begins along the untouched coastlines of southern Costa Rica. It then concludes in Panama amid the fertile plantations of Boquete and the modern engineering marvels the famed Panama Canal.
Ker & Downey’s Costa Rica and Panama luxury holiday first begins with an evening of relaxation in San José amid the Victorian beauty of Hotel Grano de Oro. After a good night’s rest, retreat to the rainforest-meets-beach serenity of Playa Cativo along Costa Rica’s untouched southern peninsula.
Your three days here invite you to completely immerse yourself within the secluded nature of Piedras Blancas National Park. You will also revel in the the tranquil waters of Golfo Dulce and Cativo Bay. Indeed, every activity guarantees intimate encounters with the biologically diverse wonders on land and sea. Additionally, enjoy farm-to-table gourmet meals and romantic Pacific Ocean views.
Say farewell to southern Costa Rica and cross the border into Panama’s Chiriquí region, or the “Land of Eternal Spring”. Your Panama luxury holiday continues in the charming town of Boquete for three days. Each morning, wake to the sound of birdsong and rushing rivers. Also delight in family grown and freshly roasted coffee — the perfect jumpstart to any day.
Get to the heart of the Chiriquí Highlands by setting out on a day hike along the famous Quetzal Trail. Indeed, this is widely considered the best hiking trail in Panama. Additionally, tour the many coffee plantations that dot the volcanic hillsides for a glimpse into their processes and a taste of their final product.
The final destination on your Panama luxury holiday lies in Central America’s most attractive metropolis, Panama City. Your accommodations at the Bristol Panama are consistently ranked as the best in Panama — as well as the top 10 in Latin America. They are also the perfect springboard for your all-encompassing three-day experience in the country’s capital.
Take time to meander through the city’s Casco Viejo (Old Town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, look out for its notable interspersing of French architecture. The cornerstone of your stay is a full-day exploration of the Panama Canal. Begin at the Gatún Locks on the Atlantic side of the Canal. Witness the ships and freighters make their 50-mile journey from Pacific to Caribbean, and tour the expansion efforts currently underway for a deeper look into the historical context and future aspirations of the Panama Canal and the region it continues to influence.