21 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
4
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
On the 11th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita holiday builder tool.

Getting from Tortuguero to Cahuita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In February in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Finca La Isla
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then relax in the rural setting at Finca Organica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Finca Organica
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Finca  Organica ©
Finca Organica
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip tool.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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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 17th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, and brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 8 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. In February in Panama City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
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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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