16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Seattle

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo Santa Clara and Iglesia de San Francisco. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip website .

Seattle, USA to Bogota is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Bogota. Traveling from Seattle in November, things will get a bit warmer in Bogota: highs are around 67°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Casa de la Memoria and Planetario de Medellin. Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin and Cementerio Museo de San Pedro will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (in Guatape) and Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Sopetran). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, take an in-depth tour of Museum Pablo Escobar, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Medellin at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
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Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
Planetario de Medellin ©
Planetario de Medellin

5
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.
Let the collections at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez and Museo del Oro Zenu capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Templo de Santo Domingo and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Playa Puntilla (in Isla Baru) and Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Bairro Getsemani, steep yourself in history at Centro Historico, stop by La Casa del Joyero, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Cartagena is a bit warmer than Medellin - with highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Puntilla, Castillo de Salgar
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©

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