Panama – Costa Rica – Nicaragua

Central America – Travel itinerary

Overview

Day 1: Panama City
Day 2: Panama City (Night Bus to Almirante)
Day 3: Almirante > Bastimentos
Day 4: Bocas del Toro (Cayos Zapatilla and The Blue Coconut)
Day 5: Bocas del Toro (Bocas Town, Paki Point and Estrella Beach)
Day 6: Bastimentos > Almirante > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 7: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 8: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca > La Fortuna
Day 9: La Fortuna
Day 10: La Fortuna > Rio Celeste > Santa Elena
Day 11: Santa Elena (Monteverde)
Day 12: Santa Elena > Ocotal Bay
Day 13: Ocotal Bay
Day 14: Ocotal Bay > Peñas Blancas > Ometepe
Day 15: Ometepe
Day 16: Ometepe > Granada
Day 17: Granada
Day 18: Granada (Laguna Apoyo and Masaya)
Day 19: Granada > Managua

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Central America detailed Itinerary

Snapseed (4).jpgDay 1: Panama City

Distance: Getting around by Taxi.
Highlights: The Amador Causeway, Casco Viejo and explore El Cangrejo neighborhood.
Stay: Hostal Entre 2 Aguas

 

Snapseed (5).jpgDay 2: Panama City (Night Bus to Almirante)

Distance: Getting around by Taxi + Overnight Bus Panama City – Almirante (585km – 11h:00m)
Highlights: The Panama Canal and The Fish Market.
Stay: Sleep on the overnight Bus

 

IMG-1865.jpgDay 3: Almirante > Bastimentos

Distance: Boat Almirante – Bocas (26km – 0h:30m) + Boat Bocas – Bastimentos (17km – 0h:20m)
Highlights: Bastimentos Old Bank and Red Frog Beach.
Stay: The Sea Monkey

 

Snapseed (6).jpgDay 4: Bocas del Toro (Cayos Zapatilla and The Blue Coconut)

Distance: Getting around by boat
Highlights: Enjoy a beach day at Cayos Zapatilla, snorkel around the archipelago and finish the day with a drink at The Blue Coconut.
Stay: The Sea Monkey

 

Snapseed (7).jpgDay 5: Bocas del Toro (Bocas Town, Paki Point and Estrella Beach)

Distance: Getting around by boat
Highlights: Spend the day exploring Colón Island the main island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago.
Stay: The Sea Monkey

 

Snapseed (8).jpgDay 6: Bastimentos > Almirante > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Distance: Boat Bastimentos – Bocas (17km – 0h:20m) + Boat Bocas – Almirante (26km – 0h:30m) + Bus Almirante – Puerto Viejo (71km – 1h:30m)
Highlights: Cross the border between Panama and Costa Rica through the Sixaola Bridge.
Stay: Hotel Maritza

 

Snapseed (9).jpgDay 7: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Distance: Bike (27km – 1h:00m)
Highlights: Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo bike ride (Jaguar Rescue Center, Punta Uva and Manzanillo Beach).
Stay: Hotel Maritza

 

Snapseed (21).jpgDay 8: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca > La Fortuna

Distance: Drive (270km – 4h:30m)
Highlights: Morning lazing in the Beach and afternoon scenic drive to La Fortuna.
Stay: Rancho Cerro Azul

 

Snapseed (11).jpgDay 9: La Fortuna

Distance: Getting around by car and walking
Highlights: Explore Arenal Volcano National Park.
Stay: Rancho Cerro Azul

 

Snapseed (12).jpgDay 10: La Fortuna > Rio Celeste > Santa Elena

Distance: Drive (190km – 4h:30m)
Highlights: Hike to Rio Celeste through the hiking trail “Misterios del Tenorio”.
Stay: Pension Santa Elena

 

Snapseed (13).JPGDay 11: Santa Elena (Monteverde)

Distance: Drive (12km – 0h:30m)
Highlights: Hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Stay: Pension Santa Elena

 

Snapseed (14).jpgDay 12: Santa Elena > Ocotal Bay

Distance: Drive (147km – 2h:50m)
Highlights: Enjoy the drive to the Pacific Coast and relax on the beach.
Stay: Ocotal Beach Resort

 

Snapseed (15).jpgDay 13: Ocotal Bay

Distance: Drive (55km – 2h:10m)
Highlights: Explore de beaches around Brasilito Bay.
Stay: Ocotal Beach Resort

 

IMG-1926.jpgDay 14: Ocotal Bay > Peñas Blancas > Ometepe

Distance: Drive from Ocotal Beach to Peñas Blancas (115km – 1h:50m) + Switch car after crossing the border and Drive from Peñas Blancas to San Jorge (41km – 0h:50m) + Ferry San Jorge – Ometepe (17km – 1h:30m)
Highlights: Nicaragua Lake.
Stay: La Via Verde

 

Snapseed (16).jpgDay 15: Ometepe

Distance: Drive (30km – 1h:15m)
Highlights: San Ramon waterfall hike and  Ojo de Agua natural spring.
Stay: La Via Verde

 

Snapseed (19).jpgDay 16: Ometepe > Granada

Distance: Drive (110km – 3h:20m) including the Ferry.
Highlights: Explore the colonial city of Granada.
Stay: Hotel Los Patios

 

Snapseed (17).jpgDay 17: Granada

Distance: Getting around by bike and walking
Highlights: Explore the colonial city of Granada (Islets of Granada, Mombacho Cigars and La Merced Church).
Stay: Hotel Los Patios

 

Snapseed (18).jpgDay 18: Granada (Laguna Apoyo and Masaya)

Distance: Drive (81km – 2h:10m)
Highlights: Masaya Volcano, Masaya local Market and Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve.
Stay: Hotel Los Patios

 

Snapseed (20).jpgDay 19: Granada > Managua

Distance: Drive (52km – 1h:10m)
Highlights: Last day to enjoy beautiful Granada aka “La Gran Sultana”.

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