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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island vacation planner.

Chicago, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to San Andres Island. Traveling from Chicago in October, things will get much hotter in San Andres Island: highs are around 87°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in October, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then let your taste buds guide you 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.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in October, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 67°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cartagena day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach 90°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the flight 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.