45 days in Panama & Colombia Itinerary

45 days in Panama & Colombia Itinerary

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Volcan, Panama
— 4 nights
Taxi to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert, Bus to El Valle de Anton
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El Valle de Anton, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gamboa, Panama
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Contadora Island, Panama
— 1 night
Unknown
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Providencia Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bucaramanga, Colombia
— 6 nights
Bus
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San Gil, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Manizales
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Manizales, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salento, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Drive to El Dorado International Airport, Fly to Limon International Airport, Drive to Cahuita

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Volcan, Panama

— 4 nights
Volcán is a town and corregimiento in Tierras Altas District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. Bring the kids along to Sitio Barriles Museum and Raquel's Ark. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Volcan: Playa La Barqueta (in David) and Cerro Punta (Finca Dracula & Haras Cerro Punta). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Lagunas Adventures on The Janson Coffee Farm.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Volcan trip itinerary builder app.

Cahuita, Costa Rica to Volcan is an approximately 6-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Volcan

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bocas Town, Panama

— 4 nights
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oreba Chocolate Tour, Dolphin Bay Preserve and Monkey Island Tours. Attractions like Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Bocas Town with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Plastic Bottle Village.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town day trip app.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Volcan to Bocas Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in November, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

El Valle de Anton, Panama

— 2 nights
Surrounded by lush forests and spectacular mountains, El Valle de Anton serves as the perfect spot to enjoy some of Panama's finest natural attractions.
On the 12th (Thu), stroll through Butterfly Haven and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposario Cerro La Vieja, take in the dramatic scenery at El Chorro Macho, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Sleeping Indian Girl.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our El Valle de Anton journey site.

Getting from Bocas Town to El Valle de Anton by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gamboa.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gamboa, Panama

— 5 nights
Gamboa is a small town in the Republic of Panama. You've now added Gamboa Rainforest Resort Activities to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and Fort San Lorenzo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gamboa: Panama City (Ancon Hill, Gatun Lake, &more) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gamboa route planning tool.

You can drive from El Valle de Anton to Gamboa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Panama City.

Things to do in Gamboa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Summit Botanical Gardens and then make a trip to Panama Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary maker tool.

Panama City is just a short distance from Gamboa. In November, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Contadora Island, Panama

— 1 night
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Coral Dreams as well as Playa Larga. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Larga. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Coral Dreams and then stroll through Playa Cacique.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Contadora Island road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in 2 hours. In November in Contadora Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Providencia Island, Colombia

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Providencia Island is known for nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Bay, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Contadora Island to Providencia Island. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in November, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Anticuario El Arcon, Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, Mister Emerald, and other attractions. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Las Bovedas. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena day trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena takes 8 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Bucaramanga, Colombia

— 6 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Club Campestre Bucaramanga. Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Panachi.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga journey planning website.

Getting from Cartagena to Bucaramanga by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in November; daily highs in Bucaramanga reach 78°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

San Gil, Colombia

— 3 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cementerio Barichara. Venture out of the city with trips to Barichara (Capilla de Santa Barbara, Monumento al Buey, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, stroll around Parque La Libertad, identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral, and head outdoors with Parapente Paravolar Colombia.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Gil trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Bogota, Colombia

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar Square. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Centro Comercial Fontanar (in Chia), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, look for gifts at Bta Capital, don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Gil in December, with highs in Bogota at 67°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Manizales, Colombia

— 3 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
You've now added Plaza de Bolivar to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Nevado del Ruiz and Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Recinto del Pensamiento, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rosary, and make a trip to Monumento a los Colonizadores.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manizales tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Manizales takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in December since evenings lows in Manizales dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Salento, Colombia

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Salento trip maker tool.

Drive from Manizales to Salento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Manizales in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salento, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.

Colombia travel guide

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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.