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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 upgrades to Ocean View Suites are available.

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 boutique hotel offers 16 suites with either inland or ocean view. All rooms come with king beds, private balcony (built over the water or with Town Center View), full jacuzzi bathtub with shower, premium LCD flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchen with mini fridge and coffee maker, air-conditioning, complimentary wifi and luxury spa bathroom amenities. Breakfast is included and served in a nice cafe next door.
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. King beds, private balcony (built over the water or with Town Center View), full jacuzzi bathtub with shower, premium LCD flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchen with mini fridge and coffee maker, air-conditioning and luxury spa bathroom amenities.
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.

Información de Paquete:

Nota Importante: No podemos confirmar su reserva hasta que hayamos recibido la información completa del pasaporte para todos los pasajeros. Si no se proporciona esta información en el momento oportuno será tratado como un no-show.
Duración: 2 días/1 noche o 3 días/2 noches
Precio por persona: 2 day/1 night package: $139.00 p/p (economy) or $199.00 p/p (luxury)
3 day/2 night package: $225.00 p/p (economy) or $345.00 p/p (luxury)
Incluye: Transporte de regreso desde los hoteles de la zona de Puerto Viejo a Isla Colón o Isla Solarte en Bocas del Toro, Panamá • Una o dos noches de alojamiento en un hotel de su elección en uno de nuestro hotel asociados • Bote a través del archipiélago de Bocas, visita a Bahía Delfín, buceo en Cayo Coral (máscara y snorkel incluido) y visita a la Playa Rana Roja • guía local • cargo por servicio Gecko Trail Adventures
No Incluye: Pago de $3 por persona para el cruce de fronteras • Impuesto de $15 de salida del aeropuerto de Bocas para los que decidan el regreso a San José vía aerea • Cargo adicional de $10 por persona para su recogida en Cahuita • Cargo adicional si es necesario habitación individual (s) (note que este tour requiere un mínimo de dos personas para operar, por lo que si viajas solo tendremos que tratar de programar su tour en el mismo día que otro viajero)• Transporte desde y hacia el tour (s)
¿Qué llevar? Traje de baño, lentes de sol, protector solar, toalla, pasaporte y un tiquete aéreo o de autobús previamente comprado que compruebe su salida de Costa Rica, (o Panamá si usted está terminando su viaje en ahí) para el cruce de fronteras

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Bocas del Toro, Panama - Booking Form

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We cannot confirm your booking until we have received the complete passport and other required info for ALL passengers. Not providing this info in a timely manner will be treated as a no-show.

Shuttle passengers crossing international borders (Costa Rica to/from Panama or Nicaragua) are required to give us additional info. Please specify in the box above for EACH passenger:
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• Destination hotel for Bocas del Toro bound passengers
• Passengers to Managua or Panama City on Tico Bus service must also email or fax us a color copy of their passport before we can confirm their booking.

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$45 additional p/p for pickup in San Jose (shuttle transport), $10 additional p/p for pickup in Cahuita. If you would like a flight option San Jose to Bocas please advise in comments and we will advise price.
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$45 additional p/p for return to San Jose (shuttle transport), $10 additional p/p for return to Cahuita. Deducts $30 if you will end your tour in Bocas. If you would like a flight option from Bocas to San Jose please advise in comments and we will advise price.
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Terms and conditions
  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours 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. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
  11. No podemos confirmar su reserva hasta que hayamos recibido la información completa del pasaporte para todos los pasajeros. Si no se proporciona esta información en el momento oportuno será tratado como un no-show.
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Bocas del Toro, Panama - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours 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. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
  11. No podemos confirmar su reserva hasta que hayamos recibido la información completa del pasaporte para todos los pasajeros. Si no se proporciona esta información en el momento oportuno será tratado como un no-show.