32 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

Start: Mytilene, Greece
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Mytilene, Greece


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4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

Mytilene, Greece to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 7th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in January, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester

4
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, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in January, things will get a bit warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

3
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Boquete is known for nature, spas, trails, breweries & distilleries, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail), get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park, experience rural life at Boquete Bees, and explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos.

Plan my day in Boquete using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Panama City to Boquete by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees

3
nights
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 1h 15 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boquete to Drake Bay. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Zipline (in Jaco). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner .

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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