17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), tee off at Country Club de Bogota, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Centro Empresarial Santa Barbara.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota tour itinerary planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bogota is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santo Domingo to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

5
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin journey planner.

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in July: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

La Casa de las Piedritas
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday planning site .

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in July; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip maker tool .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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