17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour planner

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Bogota
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raquira
— 1 night
Drive
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San Gil
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Bogota

— 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.
To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bogota driving holiday planner.

Paris, France to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Paris to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raquira.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks

Raquira

— 1 night
Ráquira, is a municipality and town in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Raquira trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Bogota to Raquira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to San Gil.

Things to do in Raquira

Historic Sites

San Gil

— 1 night

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Bungee Extremo San Gil, stroll around Parque La Libertad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Raquira to San Gil by car takes about 4 hours. In March in San Gil, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Gil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medellin

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at Cementerio Museo de San Pedro, and then admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin.

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You can fly from San Gil to Medellin in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

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Getting from Medellin to Tayrona National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in March, with highs in Tayrona National Park at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Popular historic sites such as Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like West View and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and see the interesting displays at Island House Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to San Andres Island takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in March, you will find days in San Andres Island are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Baluarte de Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Centro Historico, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.