12 days in Bogota & Cartagena Itinerary

12 days in Bogota & Cartagena Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Bogota

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Chia (Centro Comercial Cento Chia, Centro Comercial Fontanar, &more) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Casa Gomez Campuzano, and stop by Zona G Bogota.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota driving holiday website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. May in Bogota sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chia, Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Playa Blanca and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and then examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip maker website.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, Cartagena is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 90°F and lows of 79°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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