21 days in Colombia & Panama Itinerary

21 days in Colombia & Panama Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Cartagena is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 15 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cartagena: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

1
night
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Esensal, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the architecture and design of Colegio Mayor San Bartolome, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tayrona National Park in December: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

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 nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island journey planning app.

Getting from Bogota to San Andres Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Bogota in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Gatun Locks in Colon--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, and explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Panama City online route planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Panama City in 5 hours. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

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