29 days in Colombia, Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Colombia, Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia

— 3 nights

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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bogota online trip maker.

Riga, Latvia to Bogota is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riga to Bogota, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Riga in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Medellin, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

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 parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin route planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Medellin at 82°F and lows at 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Tayrona National Park, Colombia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park travel app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Medellin in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tayrona National Park: highs are around 92°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. In January in Panama City, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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San Andres Island, Colombia

— 4 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Andres Island takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from San Andres Island to Vara Blanca with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Andres Island to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll around Parque Nahomi, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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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.

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.

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.