21 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

21 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casco Viejo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panama La Vieja and Ancon Hill. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, explore the ancient world of El Arco Chato, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, then take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, and finally stroll through Eco Horqueta. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Baru National Park, and then enjoy some diversion at Boquete Buggies.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Boquete trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Panama City to Boquete in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Walking tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Boquete to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boquete to Manuel Antonio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and The Bat Jungle. There's much more to do: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Appreciate the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Episcopal, and finally see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Granada trip website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada

2
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Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 31st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, and finally contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Telica Volcano, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Entomologico de Leon, and then stop by Catedral de la Asunción.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Leon road trip website.

Traveling by car from Granada to Leon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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