33 days in Antigua, Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

33 days in Antigua, Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

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33 days in Antigua, Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City, Guatemala
bus:  1​h
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 20 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
3
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

20
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Acatenango Volcano. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coffee & Tea Tours and Mundo Petapa Irtra. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Escuintla (Cathedral of Escuintla & El Barretal Coffee Farm), Naciones Unidas National Park (in Villa Nueva) and Guatemala City (Plaza Fontabella, Union Church of Guatemala, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, see the interesting displays at La Azotea, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Antigua visit planning website .

Guatemala City to Antigua is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Escuintla, Naciones Unidas National Park, La Azotea
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande ©
Coffee & Tea Tours

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Alajuela (Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral & Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Antigua to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in San Jose. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Alajuela, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Rio savegre Waterfall, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay May 24 — 30:
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort San Lorenzo and Room Escape Games. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. Spend the 3rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Panama City is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in May, expect Panama City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort San Lorenzo
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Room Escape Games

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