16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Cusco
Fly:  7​h 15​min
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Cali
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
Medellin
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Cusco

2
days
San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and then head off the coast to Johnny Cay.

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Cusco, Peru to San Andres Island is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in January: highs in San Andres Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

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Johnny Cay
La Piscinita
Blow Hole

3
days
Cartagena

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and make a trip to Torre del Reloj.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 2 hours. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cali.

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena
Convento La Popa de la Galera

2
days
Cali

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 11th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Andoke, and then admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoologico de Cali and then see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix.

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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

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Andoke
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali

2
days
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 13th (Sat), meet the residents at Parque Explora, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bare Foot Park (Parque de los Pies Descalzos). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Getting from Cali to Medellin by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Medellin: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

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Walking tours
Plaza Botero
Parque Explora

3
days
Santa Marta

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Nabusimake. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect Santa Marta to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca

3
days
Bogota

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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, explore the world behind art at Museo de Bogota, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate.

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Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 23°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

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Catedral de Sal
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Mount Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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