12 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

12 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
3
Medellin
— 2 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar Square. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria La Cometa and Casa Santamaria. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Juan in October, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bioparque La Reserva, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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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
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

5
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.
Head to NH Galeria and Anticuario El Arconfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

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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nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza Botero, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, stop by Makeno Tienda, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and finally explore the galleries of Arte Loft Galeria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, and then browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin attractions planning site.

Getting from Cartagena to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in October, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Shopping · Wildlife
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Walking tours
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

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