31 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

31 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

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31 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis
Drive:  120​h
1
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cartagena
— 10 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Florianopolis

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Chingaza National Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and browse for treasures at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner .

Florianopolis, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 120-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Florianopolis, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide, Laguna de Guatavita, Chingaza National Park, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

10
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol), Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in La Estrella) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, push the limits with 2000m Descent and more, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin holiday maker .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Parroquia la Nina Maria, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Centro Comercial Aves Maria, Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

10
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.
Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena tour builder app .

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, Cartagena is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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