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Bocas del Toro, Panama


After picking you up at your hotel, we will go by microbus to Sixaola, which is the town on the border with Panama. We will cross the Rio Sixaola, pass through immigration and then take another minivan which will take us to Almirante where a small passenger boat will take us to Bocastown on Isla Colon. Depending where you stay in Bocas, you will have to take another short taxi boat ride to Isla Solarte or walk to your hotel on the main island.

For the ones staying for one night, you can either go snorkeling or deepboarding in the afternoon before enjoying a nice dinner in Bocastown or at your lodge. The next morning you have off to discover the islands or relax on a secluded beach. At noon you will start the trip back to Puerto Viejo.

If you stay two nights, you will have the rest of the day free to visit one of the nearby islands or just have a walk in town. On the second day you will go on a tour to Cayo Zapatillo, where you can try out deepboarding, the new way to snorkel. The tour includes lunch and snorkeling equipment. After a day on and in the water, you can enjoy the evening in Bocastown or at your lodge and then return to Puerto Viejo the next day after breakfast. If you like an additional morning to explore the world of Bocas, we can also schedule you for the afternoon shuttle (not possible for San Jose).

For an extra charge we can also pick you up and/or drop you off in Cahuita and San Jose. Or you can chose the option to fly from and to San Jose, though flights are not available daily.

Panama is our neighboring country but tourism has a different significance than in Costa Rica. Though we select our providers carefully, you may get less value for your money. The weather can also play a role. When departing from Puerto Viejo, you are 3 hours travel away from Bocas del Toro and weather conditions can change quickly. Safety is the primary concern of the tour operator and so they reserve the right to modify the overall itinerary or a single tour. No refund will apply in this case.

You choose the grade of luxury

Our standard package comes with the choice of a more economic/midrange option or the upgrade to a more luxury option. Both places have charm and we believe that you get a good value for what you pay. The more economic option is settled on Isla Solarte and offers peace and tranquil time. Our more luxury option is settled in Bocastown but has all the amenities one wants and has a fantastic view over the water.

Hotel: Bambuda Lodge


Tropical Suites


Features: Bambuda Lodge is on Isla Solarte, just a 5 minute taxi-boat ride from Bocastown. It overlooks a private bay with coral reef and has incredible views of the mountainous spine of mainland Panama. The lodge is on 14 acres of pristine tropical rainforest.The main building has large spacious decks out front for lounging or sunbathing around the massive swimming pool. The lodge offers a mix of dorm and private rooms. The private rooms are located in the second house at the back of the property, away from the front building. Breakfast and free wifi are included. Children under the age of 16 are not accepted. This oceanfront boutique hotel offers 16 suites with either inland or ocean view. It is perfectly situated in the heart of beautiful Bocas del Toro. Resting on the tranquil Caribbean shoreline, the hotel is a short stroll to fantastic over the water restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops. In addition to incredible ocean view suites, the hotel’s modern concrete construction provides a quiet and comfortable refuge for the discerning traveler.
Room Features: Spacious rooms in wood constructed, with private bathrooms, handmade wooden beds, deluxe mattresses and hot water showers. The wrap-around veranda has a huge day bed and offers views of the ocean and jungle. All rooms come with two double or a king bed, private balcony (built over the water or with Town Center View), Generous bathroom with double sink vanity, premium LCD flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchen with mini fridge and coffee maker, air-conditioning and complimentary wifi. Includes an over the water, cooked to order breakfast.
Location: Isla Solarte Bocastown
Pricing: Economy to Midrange Luxury

Should our standard hotels be full we will offer you alternative options. The price then may vary, depending on the option you choose.

Package information:

Duration: 2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights
Cost per person: 2 day/1 night package: from $189.00 p/p (economy) or $219.00 p/p (luxury)
3 day/2 night package: from $279.00 p/p (economy) or $359.00 p/p (luxury)
Note - Rates are not valid for holiday seasons.
Includes: Return transportation from Puerto Viejo area hotels to Colon Island or Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro, Panama • One or two nights of lodging in one of our partner hotels • Local activity or one day tour to Cayo Zapatillo • Gecko Trail Costa Rica service charge
Not included: Exit fee of $9 to be paid on the Costa Rica border; Bocas airport departure tax $15 for those choosing the return to San Jose by air option • $10/way additional charge per person for pickup in Cahuita • $45/way additional charge per person for pickup in San Jose • Single supplement if single room(s) needed • transportation from and to tour(s)
What to bring: Bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, Passport and onward ticket leaving Costa Rica (or Panama if you are ending the tour there) for border crossing

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  1. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip. For last minute bookings please check availability first.
  2. Cancellation charges vary by the provider, please contact us for details.
  3. Most services run daily unless they have reached capacity on your date or have not reached a minimum number of persons required for the service to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or promptly refund your payment, less bank fees.
  4. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe, so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  5. Should your plans change and you need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you at another time or refund your money according to our terms & conditions.
  6. The client is responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your arrangement and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to re-accommodate you.
  7. For arrangements within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. We also recommend to have a printed version of your flight ticket, to proof that you will leave the country. Border crossing fees may apply.
  8. Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice are non-refundable.
  9. Cancellations of single bookings will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges). Changes of dates or times may be possible without a fee depending on availability or vendor policy; otherwise the cancellation fee will apply.
  10. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  11. Cancellations must be made in writing.
  12. No shows are subject to a 100% penalty.
  13. Please note that we cannot comfirm your booking until we have received the complete passport info for ALL passengers.
  14. Effective since Feb 1st 2011, every person crossing the Panamanian-Costa Rican border has to provide a copy of their passport and pay a fee of $3.
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Bocas del Toro, Panama - Terms and Conditions

  1. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip. For last minute bookings please check availability first.
  2. Cancellation charges vary by the provider, please contact us for details.
  3. Most services run daily unless they have reached capacity on your date or have not reached a minimum number of persons required for the service to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or promptly refund your payment, less bank fees.
  4. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe, so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  5. Should your plans change and you need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you at another time or refund your money according to our terms & conditions.
  6. The client is responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your arrangement and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to re-accommodate you.
  7. For arrangements within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. We also recommend to have a printed version of your flight ticket, to proof that you will leave the country. Border crossing fees may apply.
  8. Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice are non-refundable.
  9. Cancellations of single bookings will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges). Changes of dates or times may be possible without a fee depending on availability or vendor policy; otherwise the cancellation fee will apply.
  10. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  11. Cancellations must be made in writing.
  12. No shows are subject to a 100% penalty.
  13. Please note that we cannot comfirm your booking until we have received the complete passport info for ALL passengers.
  14. Effective since Feb 1st 2011, every person crossing the Panamanian-Costa Rican border has to provide a copy of their passport and pay a fee of $3.