16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
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Medellin

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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.
For shopping fun, head to El Tesoro Parque Comercial or Centro Comercial Santafé. Step off the beaten path and head to Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Alma del Bosque. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Medellin. In December in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

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Architectural Building
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
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Bogota

Bogota ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatavita and Parque de Usaquen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Parque 93. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Cafe & Guitarra (in Tabio) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: make a trip to Monserrate, get a taste of the local shopping with Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip app.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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Santa Marta

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cristal Beach and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Santa Marta and Paseo El Camellon. When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, approximately Tayrona National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jeronimo.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in December; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Must see
Cristal Beach
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Cartagena

Cartagena ©

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 off the beaten path and head to Templo de Santo Domingo and Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. Get some historical perspective at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Anticuario El Arcon, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Religious Site
Templo de Santo Domingo
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