Route & dates
16 days in Cartagena, Pereira & Bogota Itinerary
Train + Bus + Fly: 21 h 30 min
Cartagena— 4 nights
Fly: 3 h 30 min
Pereira— 7 nights
Fly: 1 h 45 min
Bogota— 3 nights
Fly + Subway + Train: 21 h 30 min
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.Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and make a trip to Plaza Bolivar.
To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planning website .
Lincoln, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Lincoln in January, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pereira.
Things to do in Cartagena
Playa Blanca, Oceanario
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pereira: Quimbaya (Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose & Panaca), Montenegro (Parque del Cafe & Globos Colombia) and Salento (Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, Bosques de Cocora, & more). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza.
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pereira journey builder app .
Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Pereira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in January, things will get slightly colder in Pereira: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bogota.
Things to do in Pereira
Salento, Quimbaya, Montenegro, Catedral de Manizales, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then stop by Vitrina Guayca. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Monserrate, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza.
To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota travel planning site .
You can fly from Pereira to Bogota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pereira in January: highs in Bogota hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Bogota
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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