21 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Taxi:  16 h
1
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16- hour combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): stroll around Parque Nahomi, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 18th (Thu), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with El Salto, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca travel route planning site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Highlights from your plan
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Iglesia de San Pedro in Isla Taboga--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, take an in-depth tour of Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and visit Casco Viejo.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Panama City trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vara Blanca to Panama City. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vara Blanca to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

2
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 26th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and finally stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, then kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, then appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, and finally head off the coast to Johnny Cay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island sightseeing app.

Getting from Panama City to San Andres Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip builder site.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

Start your trip to Bogota by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in November, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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