17 days in Colombia & Panama City Itinerary

17 days in Colombia & Panama City Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Palomino, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru, Colombia
Ferry
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Panama City, Panama

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Bogota, Colombia

— 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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Centro de Memoria El Cuartico in Valledupar--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stroll around Parque de Usaquen, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bogota driving holiday app.

Panama City, Panama to Bogota is an approximately 5-hour flight. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Panama City in April, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Barranquilla, Colombia

— 6 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Barranquilla is known for museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Mapuka, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Buenavista, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Barranquilla, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento Ventana Al Mundo.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Barranquilla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, things will get much hotter in Barranquilla: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Palomino.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Palomino, Colombia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Gerson's Massage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Palomino. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Taironaka Turismo Ecologico.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palomino sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Barranquilla to Palomino in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Palomino

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Barranquilla, Colombia

— 6 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barranquilla: Puerto Colombia (Playas de Puerto Colombia & Castillo de Salgar). Explore Barranquilla further: explore the galleries of Bojanini Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza San Nicolas, and buy something for everyone on your list at Viva Centro Comercial.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla road trip planner.

Drive from Palomino to Barranquilla in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Isla Baru, Colombia

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isla Baru driving holiday planning app.

Take a bus from Barranquilla to Isla Baru in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu and then make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker website.

Ride a ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Museums

Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Panama City trip builder tool.

You can fly from Cartagena to Panama City in 4.5 hours. May in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.