13 days in Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Colombia Itinerary

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

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Zona G Bogota and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo Santa Clara and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de Bogota, and examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary maker app.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Santa Marta

— 1 night

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 30th (Thu), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, then kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje, then examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada de Chengue, stroll through El Dorado Bird Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and finally ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

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Traveling by car from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Cartagena

— 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrio Getsemani and Templo de Santo Domingo. Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Iglesia de Santo Toribio. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Centro Historico, contemplate the long history of Plaza de la Proclamacion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cartagena online holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Medellin

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

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 4th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin, then take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the world behind art at Medellin Museum of Modern Art, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Medellin in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Medellin

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Colombia travel guide

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Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.