14 days in Colombia Itinerary

14 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Medellin
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Guatape
— 1 night
fly:  6 h
3
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Medellin
— Few hours
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Get in touch with nature at medellin 2000m DESCENT and Parque Arvi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Casa de la Memoria and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, and engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM.

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San Francisco, USA to Medellin is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Medellin. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Medellin at 84°F and lows at 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Guatape.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums Tours Parks
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then get to know the fascinating history of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania.

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Traveling by bus from Medellin to Guatape takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Guatape is little chillier than Medellin - with highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol ©
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Neguanje and Playa Blanca. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Cristal Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Guatape to Santa Marta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Guatape in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 92°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

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Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Food Tours

few
hours
Medellin

Medellin
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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in August, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 64°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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