12 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

12 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

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12 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly:  4 h
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Miami, Florida

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira as well as Monserrate. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota online itinerary planner .

Miami, USA to Bogota is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Miami in December, you will find days in Bogota are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are colder (46°F). You'll set off for Cartagena on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen ©
Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Comercial Buenavista and Centro Comercial Viva Barranquilla. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castillo de Salgar and Bairro Getsemani. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 89°F and 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Barranquilla, Playa Puntilla, Castillo de Salgar
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

4
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Expedition Colombia as well as Ecoventure. Get outdoors at 2000m Descent and more and Ciclovia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Pueblito Paisa. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner .

Getting from San Gil to Medellin by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Ecoventure ©
Ecoventure
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Expedition Colombia ©
Expedition Colombia

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