13 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

13 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
3
Medellin
— 5 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Casa Santamaria. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar Square, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Juan in October; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walled City of Cartagena and La Casa del Joyero. 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 Plaza Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cartagena visit planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Do your shopping at El Tesoro Parque Comercial and Makeno Tienda. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Arvi and Piedra Del Penol. Get out of town with these interesting Medellin side-trips: Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros (in San Pedro de los Milagros) and Mayorca Mega Plaza (in Sabaneta). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Medellin online day trip planner.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in October, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros, Piedra Del Penol, Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

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