9 days in Colombia Itinerary

9 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, discover the deep blue sea with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, and make a trip to Cayo Rocoso.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip itinerary site.

Chicago, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to San Andres Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: high temperatures in San Andres Island hover around 86°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Plaza Botero and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Medellin road trip planning app.

Fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 80°F and lows about 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

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Bogota

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in November, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 67°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Cartagena

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in November, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 89°F and 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

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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.