15 days in Bogota & Cartagena Itinerary

15 days in Bogota & Cartagena Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Bogota
— 9 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Mexico City

9
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Laguna de Guatavita and Centro Comercial Fontanar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Chia (Ospina Park, Capilla Valvanera, &more), Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, &more) and Tocancipa (Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano, Parque Jaime Duque, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, admire the striking features of Palacio Arzobispal, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bioparque La Reserva.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip maker.

Mexico City, Mexico to Bogota is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Bogota is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chia, Zipaquira, Tocancipa, La Mesa, Plaza Sesquile
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Jaime Duque ©
Parque Jaime Duque

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary website.

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in July: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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