14 days in Cartagena, Panama City & San Jose Itinerary

14 days in Cartagena, Panama City & San Jose Itinerary

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14 days in Cartagena, Panama City & San Jose Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
Fly:  16​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Drive:  13​h
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Berlin, Germany

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de la Trinidad and St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, make a trip to Portal de Los Dulces, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Cartagena is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Scuba & Snorkeling
San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort San Lorenzo and Iglesia del Carmen. Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Punta Chame (in Punta Chame) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Gamboa). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, delve into the distant past at El Arco Chato, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Panama City day trip site .

You can fly from Cartagena to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. February in Panama City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Fort San Lorenzo, Playa Punta Chame
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Playa Punta Chame ©
Playa Punta Chame

2
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zoo Ave and J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. Take a break from the city and head to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose journey website .

Getting from Panama City to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Panama City in February, things will get slightly colder in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

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