58 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Cartagena Itinerary

58 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Cartagena Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 6 nights
Taxi to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
Ferry to Almirante, Drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 5 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, indulge in some personalized pampering at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in November: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Panama City, Panama

— 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get out of town with these interesting Panama City side-trips: Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner.

Fly from Cartagena to Panama City in 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take the subway to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

San Blas Islands, Panama

— 2 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore San Blas Islands. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Perro.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Blas Islands trip planner.

Traveling by subway from Panama City to San Blas Islands takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in San Blas Islands, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Boquete.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Boquete, Panama

— 6 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Change things up with these side-trips from Boquete: Los Cangilones de Gualaca (in Gualaca), Hot Spring (Pozos Termales) (in Hato Viejo) and Finca Dracula (in Cerro Punta). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Baru National Park, get outside with Finca Lerida Activities, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

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Fly from San Blas Islands to Boquete in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bocas Town, Panama

— 4 nights
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Take a break from Bocas Town with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Tajada de Sandia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town day trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Boquete to Bocas Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. November in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 5 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Tarantulas Way, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Uvita, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Uvita: San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa (in Ciudad Cortes) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). On the 7th (Tue), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita travel route planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Zipline, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Spend the 11th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Jungle Avenue.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip maker.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas), Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Montezuma (Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia & Montezuma Falls). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, surround yourself with nature on Costa Rican Tropical Tours, and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Alajuela (Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center & Souvenir Museum), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

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You can drive from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 8 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and walk around Bogarin Trail.

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You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.