9 days in Medellin, San Andres Island & Cartagena Itinerary

9 days in Medellin, San Andres Island & Cartagena Itinerary

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9 days in Medellin, San Andres Island & Cartagena Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, then get a taste of local nightlife at KJ - Art, Shop & Coffee, then let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras, and finally look for gifts at Duna Store.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Medellin online trip itinerary maker .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Medellin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

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Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, explore the gorgeous colors at Aquanautas, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Andres Island, with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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 (Wed), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then admire the striking features of Las Bovedas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, then steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, then don't miss a visit to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday planner .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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