29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

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29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
9
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Santiago, Chile


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2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Senderos Los Tucanes, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder .

Santiago, Chile to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©

3
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Escape the urban bustle at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria. Step out of Liberia with an excursion to Playa Rajada in La Cruz--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and get a new perspective on nature at ArtWood Museum.

Make your Liberia itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Rajada, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bolas Locas Mini Golf and Papaya Con Leche. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero), Las Catalinas (Playa Dantita & Playa Danta) and Playa Flamingo (in Playa Flamingo). And it doesn't end there: take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Liberia to Tamarindo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Flamingo, Penca Beach
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Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): ride a horse along Tokpela, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa tour planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mal Pais, Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Barraba's Surf, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio route planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Barraba's Surf ©
Barraba's Surf
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

2
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 29th (Thu), stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Matapalo, then view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, identify plant and animal life at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Uvita travel planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Playa Matapalo
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Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Los Cangilones de Gualaca and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Eco Horqueta and Playa La Barqueta. Venture out of the city with trips to Arte Cruz (in Volcan) and Caldera Hot Springs (in Caldera). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, stop by Casa Decor Boquete, enjoy some diversion at Boquete Buggies, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Boquete trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Boquete takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Playa La Barqueta, Caldera Hot Springs, Arte Cruz, Los Cangilones de Gualaca
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Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca
River Rafting & Tubing
Caldera Hot Springs ©
Caldera Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Choco, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanillo Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanillo Beach, Yesland Mini Golf, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Bahia Suroeste and Bahia del Cove. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cocoplum Bay, walk around Parque Ecologico San Andres, and examine the collection at Island House Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Andres Island. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Andres Island is 1 hour. September in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Providencia Island, El Totumo Volcon
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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