16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
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Cali
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Medellin
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Bogota
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Cartagena

— 2 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.
Head to Mall Plaza El Castillo and Plaza Bocagrande Centro Comercialfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, examine the collection at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Cartagena is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, then stop by Centro Comercial Chipichape, and finally examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Pance River, stop by Centro Comercial UNICENTRO, then take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Medellin

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Piedra Del Penol and Mariposario Selva Viva. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de Antioquia and Pueblito Paisa. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, deepen your understanding at Universidad de Antioquia, buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, and let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras.

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Traveling by flight from Cali to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cali in January, you will find days in Medellin are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Tours

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Bogota

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Barrio La Candelaria. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Parque 93 and Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, look for gifts at Titan plaza, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

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Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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.