23 days in Cuba, Colombia & Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Cuba, Colombia & Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Cuba, Colombia & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
8
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
10
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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 9th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, then contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de los Coches.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena tour planning website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena is minus 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in February, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
On the 11th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then stop by Vitrina Guayca. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then make a trip to Bolivar plaza.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip tool .

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: highs in Bogota hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Observatorio de Colibries
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ecological Sanctuary, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve.

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Explore your travel options from Bogota to Monteverde with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 16th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero online day trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
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.
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca road trip app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
On the 23rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at House of Rum, explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, then identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, then Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and finally stroll around Josone Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vara Blanca to Varadero. The time zone difference when traveling from Vara Blanca to Varadero is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cayo Largo attractions tool .

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. Traveling from Varadero in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Cayo Largo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and then get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Las Terrazas Complex and then steep yourself in history at Revolution Plaza.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Havana day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in February, plan for little chillier nights in Havana, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Las Terrazas Complex
Highlights from your plan
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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