12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Fly to Barranquilla, Bus to Santa Marta
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 1 night
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 12th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park road trip app.

Durham, USA to Tayrona National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Durham in March, expect Tayrona National Park to be much hotter, temps between 93°F and 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Bogota

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

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.
On the 13th (Sat), stop by Bta Capital, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Santa Helena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque de Usaquen, then stroll through Monserrate, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Tayrona National Park in March, with highs in Bogota at 68°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature

Medellin

— 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

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 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Historic Sites

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, head outdoors with Banda Dive Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island journey builder app.

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 4 hours. Traveling from Medellin in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Andres Island, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Cartagena

— 4 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.