15 days in Colombia & Panama City Itinerary

15 days in Colombia & Panama City Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia & Panama City Itinerary

Calgary, Canada
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Calgary, Canada

3
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Panama City sightseeing planner.

Calgary, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in September: highs in Panama City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

4
days
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Panama City to Cartagena. September in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

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Playa Blanca
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
days
Santa Marta, Colombia

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 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Nabusimake. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

2
days
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Medellin vacation builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Santa Marta to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in September, with highs in Medellin at 33°C and lows at 20°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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