15 days in Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Turrialba, Costa Rica
— 1 day
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— Few hours

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Onirica Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, approximately Quesada away. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

Roanoke, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Roanoke to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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.
On the 19th (Tue), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
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Historic Walking Area
Ecological Sanctuary
4.2

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Galeria Namu. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and walk around Parque La Sabana.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Jose journey website.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

1
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Turrialba, Costa Rica

On the 24th (Sun), head outdoors with Costa Rica Experience and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turrialba trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Turrialba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Turrialba sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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Outdoor Activity
Costa Rica Experience
5.0

1
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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 25th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio visit planner.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

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Spa
Spas
4.8

2
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.8

few
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Panama City, Panama

Panama City

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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