16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Popayan
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
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Cartagena
— 1 night
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Cartagena

— 3 nights

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and stop by La Casa del Joyero.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: highs in Cartagena hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Medellin

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

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 (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary website.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in August, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Cali

— 2 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 6th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio and then appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, then admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and then see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cali: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Popayan.

Things to do in Cali

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Popayan

— 2 nights

White City

Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the striking features of Centro Historico de Popayan and then make a trip to Torre del Reloj. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Morro del Tulcan, don't miss a visit to Puente del Humilladero, then make a trip to Parque Caldas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Panteon de los Proceres.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Popayan travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cali to Popayan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cali in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Popayan: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Popayan

Historic Sites

Bogota

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then don't miss a visit to Monserrate, and then stroll around Parque de Usaquen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Rosario university, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally look for gifts at Garrapata Textil.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bogota day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Popayan to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Popayan in August, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature

Tayrona National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo San Juan Del Guia and then get outside with Pozo Azul.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to Tayrona National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Tayrona National Park is much warmer than Bogota - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Marta

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll set off for Cartagena on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Cartagena

— 1 night

City of Heroes

On the 14th (Sat), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Anticuario El Arcon, then admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and finally stop by Coffee And.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online day trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Shopping · Museums

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.