13 days in Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Drive:  13 h 45 min
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
End: Bogota

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de San Francisco and Zona G Bogota. Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo Santa Clara and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary maker app.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Antonio del Tequendama, Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon

1
night
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 30th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje, then see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, and then steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada de Chengue, identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca, and finally ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Minca
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Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Paseo El Camellon ©
Paseo El Camellon

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrio Getsemani and Plaza de la Proclamacion. Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Templo de Santo Domingo. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Centro Historico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, admire the striking features of Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online travel route planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

2
nights
Medellin

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 4th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, then take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria

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