17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17 h
1
Cartagena
— 9 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: London

9
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Dantas Store. Let the collections at NH Galeria and San Lazaro Distrito de Artes capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Anticuario El Arcon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner .

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Oceanario
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Monserrate, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then explore the galleries of DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bogota tour planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in November: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 10°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz and Museo Etnografico. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Reserva Natural Tanimboca. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Isla de Los Micos and observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Leticia tour planning site .

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 2.5 hours. In November, Leticia is warmer than Bogota - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

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