12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 2 nights
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights

2
nights
Bogota

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paragliding Paraiso. On the 28th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, thensteep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, thensee the interesting displays at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, and finally examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and then get outside with Paragliding Paraiso.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bogota itinerary planner.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Bogota reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Paragliding Paraiso, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

3
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Laguna de Guatape has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, gain insight at Universidad de Antioquia, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and take some stellar pictures from Cerro Nutibara.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of °C and lows of °C. You'll set off for Cartagena on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Tours
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Jardin Botanico de Medellin ©
Jardin Botanico de Medellin
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

2
nights
Cartagena

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, thenmake a trip to Las Bovedas, and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, thendeepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena road trip app.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in January, with highs in Cartagena at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

3
nights
Santa Marta

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip maker site.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

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