13 days in Costa Rica & Colombia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Las Catalinas
Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Medellin
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night


Las Catalinas, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Las Catalinas is a 490ha beach town on the Pacific Ocean in the Guanacaste Province of northwest Costa Rica. Las Catalinas is known for adventure, beaches, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Prieta Beach, explore and take pictures at Playa Dantita, stroll through Playa Danta, and identify plant and animal life at ConnectOcean Aquatic Academy & Dive Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Las Catalinas day trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Las Catalinas is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Las Catalinas. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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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.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Nahomi, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Catalinas to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 3 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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Medellin.
Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras, then meet the residents at Parque Explora, and then make a trip to Plaza Botero.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Medellin takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 1 hour. February in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Bogota.
Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada de Bogota, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Medellin in February, with highs in Bogota at 24°C and lows at 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Costa Rica travel guide

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.

Quepos travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Kayaking & Canoeing
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park. A number of tour operators and outdoor experience companies have set up shop in the town, offering sightseeing tours and adventure activities in the biologically rich landscape, staples of the vast majority of Quepos itineraries. The town itself has a burgeoning nightlife and scene, and a welcome number of eateries serving local delicacies. The pleasant streets of the town provide the chance to meet the friendly locals and pick up trinkets and handicrafts at the folk markets.

Colombia travel guide

Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.