13 days in Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Colombia Itinerary

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13 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Drive:  13 h 45 min
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
End: Bogota

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatavita and Ciclovia de Bogota. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zona G Bogota and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque), Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon) and Parque de las Orquideas del Tequendama (in San Antonio del Tequendama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, and examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is El Dorado International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio del Tequendama, Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon

1
night
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 30th (Thu), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, then kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje, then see the interesting displays at Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, and finally steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ensenada de Chengue, look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, Santa Marta is much warmer than Bogota - with highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Minca
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Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Paseo El Camellon ©
Paseo El Camellon

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrio Getsemani and Centro Historico. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, make a trip to Plaza de la Proclamacion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, and look for gifts at Swikar Caramelos Artisanales.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, then admire all the interesting features of 2000m Descent and more, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip app .

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria

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