12 days in San Jose & Panama City Itinerary

12 days in San Jose & Panama City Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bremen, Germany
+2
Tram + Fly + Bus:  30 h
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly + Tram:  24 h
End: Bremen, Germany

4
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: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

Bremen, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17- hour combination of tram, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Bremen in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Jose, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Panama Canal, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Panama City attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Jose to Panama City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Panama City. In July, Panama City is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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