17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in November, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Medellin journey planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In November, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Envigado
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

4
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, stroll through Cristal Beach, get outside with El Rodadero, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta online travel route planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in November: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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
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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Cartagena visit website .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
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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

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