38 days in Costa Rica, Guatemala & United States Itinerary

38 days in Costa Rica, Guatemala & United States Itinerary

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38 days in Costa Rica, Guatemala & United States Itinerary

Start: Spokane, United States
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Pasco, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Seattle, United States
— 1 night
3
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 7 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 day
Fly:  50​h
8
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
San Pedro, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Spokane, United States

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Pasco, United States

Pasco
Pasco is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Washington, United States.Pasco is one of three cities that make up the Tri-Cities region of the state of Washington. To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Pasco tour planning site .

Spokane to Pasco is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Spokane in August, you will find days in Pasco are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Pasco

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Seattle, United States

Seattle
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
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Getting from Pasco to Seattle by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from Pasco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 61°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off toGuatemala City.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of La Merced.

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Getting from Seattle to Guatemala City by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle to Guatemala City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Guatemala City sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites
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La Merced ©
La Merced

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nights
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal), Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro El Baul. Make the 24th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, stop by Yabal Handicrafts, admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and don't miss a visit to Central Plaza.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Quetzaltenango tour planner.

You can take a bus from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in August, expect Quetzaltenango to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas, Tak'alik Ab'aj
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panajachel: Casa Flor Ixcaco (in San Juan la Laguna), Santiago Atitlan (Colonial Church & Cojolya Museum and Store) and Solola Market (in Solola). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Panajachel road trip tool .

You can take a shuttle from Quetzaltenango to Panajachel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in August, things will get a bit warmer in Panajachel: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan, Santa Catarina Palopo, Casa Flor Ixcaco, Solola Market
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Iximche ©
Iximche
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church

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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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antigua planning website .

You can take a bus from Panajachel to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, and then make a trip to Iglesia Santo domingo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Guatemala City trip planner .

You can take a bus from Antigua to Guatemala City in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
Iglesia Santo domingo ©
Iglesia Santo domingo

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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.
For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Guatemala City to San Jose in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get outside with Salto and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Spas Parks Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Pura Aventura (in El Guapote), Tamarindo (Tamarindo Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), & more). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Nosara
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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San Pedro, Costa Rica

San Pedro ©
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras, pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and finally don't miss a visit to Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran.

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Traveling by car from Playa Samara to San Pedro takes 4 hours. September in San Pedro sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cartago, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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