20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Algiers
Fly:  21​h 45​min
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Algiers

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Comercial Cento Chia and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Do your shopping at Parque 93 and Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), wander the streets of La Candelaria, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and stroll through Parque de Usaquen.

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Algiers, Algeria to Bogota is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Algiers to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Algiers, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Cento Chia, Catedral de Sal
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La Candelaria
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Mount Monserrate

4
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.
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Catedral de Santa Marta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Cristal Beach and Playa Grande. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Carlos El Pibe Valderrama Statue, head outdoors with El Rodadero, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in October, expect Santa Marta to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taganga, Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana
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Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, then browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, and finally stop by Makeno Tienda. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, have fun at Parque Lleras, then examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, then look for gifts at Centro Comercial Oviedo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

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Getting from Santa Marta to Medellin by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in October; daily highs in Medellin reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Centro Comercial Santafé
Museo de Antioquia
El Castillo Museo y Jardines

4
days
San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get outdoors at Aquanautas and Playa de Spratt Bight. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Primera Iglesia Bautista and Island House Museum. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at West View, kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove, push the limits with an extreme tour, and make a trip to Blow Hole.

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Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in October, with highs in San Andres Island at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aquanautas
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Torre del Reloj. Appreciate the collections at NH Galeria and Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Plaza Bocagrande, look for gifts at Colombia Artesanal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

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Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Comercial Plaza Bocagrande
Torre del Reloj
San Felipe de Barajas Castle

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