60 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia Itinerary

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 10 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Los Tornos to see Finca El Paraiso about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Monteverde is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaco.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Jaco, Costa Rica — 3 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco travel route tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips

Drake Bay, Costa Rica — 4 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Piedras Blancas National Park in Golfito (about 1h 55 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 25th (Fri) at Cano Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from Drake Bay to Tortuguero by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Parks · Nature
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 7 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Four Seasons Golf Club (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Jose.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf
Side Trips

San Jose, Costa Rica — 4 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: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Massage Therapy, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip maker site.

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums
Side Trips

Panama City, Panama — 10 nights

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: Chagres River (in Gamboa) and Isla Taboga (Taboga Island Beaches & Iglesia de San Pedro). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, get outside with Ancon Hill, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Summit Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in March, with highs in Panama City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

San Andres Island, Colombia — 6 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Banda Dive Shop, stroll through La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Andres Island takes 5 hours. When traveling from Panama City in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Medellin, Colombia — 4 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin road trip site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Medellin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bogota.
Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Bogota, Colombia — 4 nights

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Desal). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Bta Capital, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

Plan a Bogota trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in April, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia — 6 nights

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.
Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cartagena holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.