22 days in Colombia & Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Colombia & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
Taxi to Santa Marta, Bus to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Punta Cana

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Bogota, Colombia — 1 night

Athens of South America

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, then see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

You can plan Bogota trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to Bogota is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Punta Cana in January, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tayrona National Park.
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Museums · Shopping

Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tayrona National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Bogota to Tayrona National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Tayrona National Park is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cartagena.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Cartagena, Colombia — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, make a trip to Plaza De Los Coches, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Centro Historico, then kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de Toros Cartagena de Indias.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Outdoors
Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia — 4 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia del Cove. Visit Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with Banda Dive Shop, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and stroll through La Piscinita.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coffee & Tea Tours and Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and stroll through Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Parks · Nature
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 21st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas.

Plan my day in Manuel Antonio using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Side Trip

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Copal. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Isabella Massage.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, then get a dose of the wild on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde in 3 hours. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sat).
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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