18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
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Aracataca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
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Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
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San Onofre
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 1 night
Fly
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Bogota
— 1 night
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Bogota

— 1 night

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.
For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota online sightseeing planner.

Madrid, Spain to Bogota is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Madrid to Bogota. Traveling from Madrid in March, things will get a bit warmer in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 10°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Medellin.

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Medellin

— 1 night

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 20th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Fun & Games · Parks
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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.
To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip builder.

Getting from Medellin to Santa Marta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in March: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. You'll set off for Aracataca on the 21st (Sun).

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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Aracataca

— 3 nights
Aracataca is a municipality located in the Department of Magdalena, in Colombia's Caribbean Region. For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aracataca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Aracataca takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will leave for Santa Marta on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Aracataca

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Santa Marta

America's Pearl

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Getting from Aracataca to Santa Marta by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will leave for Tayrona National Park on the 24th (Wed).

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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Tayrona National Park

— 3 nights
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tayrona National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 27th (Sat), you're off to Minca.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Minca

— 2 nights
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca and then see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Marinka and then get outside with Pozo Azul.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Minca online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Minca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Minca can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Minca

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Cartagena

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.
To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena vacation planner.

Getting from Minca to Cartagena by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will leave for San Onofre on the 29th (Mon).

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San Onofre

— 3 nights
Basking in the sun of Colombia's northern coast, San Onofre offers a handful of beautifully preserved historical sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Onofre: Covenas (Cienaga la Caimanera & Parque Museo De Infanteria De Marina). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Balsillas, step off the mainland to explore Isla Mucura, and kick back and relax at Playas Rincon del Mar.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Onofre trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Cartagena to San Onofre in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Onofre

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Cartagena

— 1 night

City of Heroes

Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and then make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena vacation planner.

You can drive from San Onofre to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Bogota.

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Bogota

— 1 night

Athens of South America

On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Rosario university, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then stop by Vitrina Guayca.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in April, things will get colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

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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.

Magdalena Department travel guide

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National Parks · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling