17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Barranquilla
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Santa Marta
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
4
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

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 1st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, then take a stroll through Centro Historico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Bocagrande, and then take a stroll through Bairro Getsemani.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cartagena is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cartagena is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

2
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar, then explore the galleries of Bojanini Art Gallery, and finally stop by Todomono. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playas de Santa Veronica, then wander the streets of El Prado, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla day trip planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Barranquilla are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman, Playas de Santa Veronica, Castillo de Salgar
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Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jeronimo, and then steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip site .

You can take a bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Paseo El Camellon ©
Paseo El Camellon
Iglesia San Jeronimo ©
Iglesia San Jeronimo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, examine the collection at Island House Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and finally get into the urban bustle at Banco de la Republica. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, stroll through Playa de San Luis, and then look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In November in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista
Island House Museum ©
Island House Museum

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 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Loft Galeria, then browse the different shops at Mayorca Mega Plaza, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary tool .

Fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Iglesia San José del Poblado ©
Iglesia San José del Poblado

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Iglesia de San Francisco. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, and look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in November, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

2
nights
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Puntilla and Playa Blanca. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Baru trip planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Isla Baru in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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