12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cartagena
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  7​h 15​min
2
Providencia Island
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Guatape
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Boston

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), stop by Swikar Caramelos Artisanales, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and finally steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cartagena route maker site .

Boston, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Boston in April, with highs in Cartagena at 90°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

1
day
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In April in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and then make a trip to Blow Hole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island itinerary app .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. April in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Guatape.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Parasailing & Paragliding
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

2
nights
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Capilla Siglo IXX, do sightseeing at your own pace with Guatape Motos, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania, explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, and then make a trip to Casa de la cultura y turismo.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatape travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Guatape in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Andres Island in April: highs in Guatape hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks Nature Outdoors

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Guatape Motos ©
Guatape Motos
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©

2
nights
Medellin

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 10th (Sun): take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, then don't miss a visit to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13, and then look and learn at Planetario de Medellin. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Medellin tour itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Guatape to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Guatape in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

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Planetario de Medellin ©
Planetario de Medellin
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Mount Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Medellin in April, with highs in Bogota at 67°F and lows at 50°F. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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