29 days in Colombia, Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Colombia, Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h
5
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
7
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
11
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Riga, Latvia

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar Square, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Riga, Latvia to Bogota is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Riga to Bogota. September in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

3
nights
Medellin, Colombia

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Medellin journey builder website.

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in September, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park ©
On the 14th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Medellin to Tayrona National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in September, expect Tayrona National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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 15th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cartagena to Panama City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Plan my trip to San Andres Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Panama City to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. In September in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from San Andres Island to Vara Blanca with the Route module. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife
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4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Wed), walk around Parque Nahomi, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

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 shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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