15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Recife
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Recife

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Laguna de Guatavita and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral Diocesana. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal, Plaza de los Comuneros, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota route builder site .

Recife, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Recife, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get in touch with nature at West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. Get a sense of the local culture at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Island House Museum. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Playa de San Luis.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in August, with highs in San Andres Island at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Morgan's Head
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Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and Templo de Santo Domingo will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In August in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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