22 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fly:  15​h
Fraijanes, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Jaco, Costa Rica
— Few hours
bus:  2​h
Dominical, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
Dominical, Costa Rica
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
car:  6​h
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
car:  3​h
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h 30​min
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Fraijanes, Costa Rica

Fraijanes
Poas Volcano has been added to your itinerary.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia to Fraijanes is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Fraijanes is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in June, expect Fraijanes to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Vara Blanca.

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Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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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.
Frogs Heaven has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Frogs Heaven.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca travel planning app .

Vara Blanca is just a short distance from Fraijanes. In June, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Frogs Heaven
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Frogs Heaven ©
Frogs Heaven

2
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Butterfly Conservatory, Rio Celeste and Ecocentro Danaus. On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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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.
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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Jaco.

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Zipline

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Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungle Crocodile Safari. On the 21st (Thu), make a trip to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles and then take an exotic tour of Jungle Crocodile Safari.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jaco travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

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Tarcoles
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Jungle Crocodile Safari ©
Jungle Crocodile Safari

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Dominical, Costa Rica

Dominical
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
You've now added Hacienda Baru to your itinerary.

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Getting from Jaco to Dominical by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Dominical

#Wildlife, #Parks

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Hacienda Baru
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1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Biesanz as well as MidWorld Costa Rica. On the 23rd (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning app .

Getting from Dominical to Manuel Antonio by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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Dominical, Costa Rica

Dominical
To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dominical trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Dominical takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Uvita on the 24th (Sun).

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita visit planner.

Uvita is just a short distance from Dominical. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Uvita to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off toCahuita.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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days
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Get outdoors at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Cahuita National Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cahuita trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Tortuguero to Cahuita by combination of flight, taxi, and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tortuguero in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Cahuita. You'll set off for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 30th (Sat).

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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
You've now added Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get in touch with nature with Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center and then stroll through Playa Chiquita.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to Cahuita. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toBocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
days
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Playa Bluff, then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Bay Preserve.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off toPanama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

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Playa Bluff
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Dolphin Bay Preserve ©
Dolphin Bay Preserve
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

4
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You've now added Panama Canal to your itinerary. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Avenida Balboa and head off the coast to Blue Adventures Panama.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City travel route planner .

You can fly from Bocas Town to Panama City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bocas Town in July: highs in Panama City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off tohome.

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#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal

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