15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Cartagena
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Cartagena

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and then see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

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San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario, indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa, and look for all kinds of wild species at Scuba San Andres Dive Shop.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Andres Island trip builder tool.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza Botero and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Medellin journey planning website.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Medellin when traveling from San Andres Island in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Montenegro.

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Montenegro

— 1 night
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
On the 27th (Mon), head outdoors with Globos Colombia and then don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Montenegro day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bogota driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, Bogota is a bit cooler than Montenegro - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 1st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Tayrona National Park is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
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Santa Marta

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Sun), browse the exhibits of Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.