15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Vitrina Guayca, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and stroll through Monserrate.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planning site .

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): meet the residents at Parque Explora, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

Plan trip to Medellin with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in November, expect Medellin to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, make a trip to Rocky Cay, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in November, with highs in San Andres Island at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary maker .

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Marta road trip planner .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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