13 days in Costa Rica & Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica & Colombia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Las Catalinas
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Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Medellin
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly

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Las Catalinas, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Las Catalinas is a 490ha beach town on the Pacific Ocean in the Guanacaste Province of northwest Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at WAKE Day Spa and then kick back and relax at Playa Danta. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at ConnectOcean Aquatic Academy & Dive Centre and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Catalinas trip maker.

Toronto, Canada to Las Catalinas is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Catalinas to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Spas
Side Trip
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Medellin, Colombia — 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 17th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Medellin takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bogota.
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Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
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Bogota, Colombia — 1 night

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada de Bogota, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Medellin in February, with highs in Bogota at 24°C and lows at 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Quepos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Kayaking & Canoeing
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park. A number of tour operators and outdoor experience companies have set up shop in the town, offering sightseeing tours and adventure activities in the biologically rich landscape, staples of the vast majority of Quepos itineraries. The town itself has a burgeoning nightlife and scene, and a welcome number of eateries serving local delicacies. The pleasant streets of the town provide the chance to meet the friendly locals and pick up trinkets and handicrafts at the folk markets.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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