31 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

31 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Florianopolis
Fly:  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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Chingaza National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and don't miss a visit to Centro de Memoria El Cuartico.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Florianopolis to Bogota. Traveling from Florianopolis in January, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Medellin side-trips: Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in La Estrella), Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Medellin road trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Aves Maria, Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira, Parroquia la Nina Maria, Cementerio Jardines Montesacro, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in January; daily highs in Cartagena reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Oceanario
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Speed Boats Tours

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