11 days in Bogota, Taganga & Cartagena Itinerary

11 days in Bogota, Taganga & Cartagena Itinerary

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11 days in Bogota, Taganga & Cartagena Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  7​h
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Taganga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Get some historical perspective at Museo Santa Clara and La Catedral Primada. Appreciate the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Nacional de Colombia. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota visit planning tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Bogota is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in December: highs in Bogota hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taganga.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara

3
nights
Taganga

Known as a nightlife and scuba diving spot, Taganga became a major destination for backpackers and weekend revelers about a decade ago.
Get outdoors at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Grande and Playaca. Go for a jaunt from Taganga to Santa Ana to see Taironaka Turismo Ecologico about 1h 25 min away.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taganga vacation site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Taganga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Taganga is warmer than Bogota - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Cartagena.

Things to do in Taganga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taironaka Turismo Ecologico, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and then take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, then kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Taganga to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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