15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Montenegro
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and finally don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena online route planner .

Detroit, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Detroit in October, things will get warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 90°F and lows about 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
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.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta road trip site .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, see the vivid underwater world at West View, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In October in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Mount Monserrate, and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip tool .

Fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in November, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate

1
night
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Montenegro using our trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Montenegro in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in November: high temperatures in Montenegro hover around 81°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies

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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, then contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cerro Nutibara.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Montenegro to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in November, and nighttime lows around 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

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