17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  12 h 30 min
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Bogota
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h
2
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Pereira
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Santa Marta
— 1 night
bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
9
Bogota
— 1 day
Fly:  12 h
End: Munich

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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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogota tour itinerary maker .

Munich, Germany to Bogota is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Munich to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Munich, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect nights in San Andres Island to be much warmer, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Tours Parks

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Blanca. Popular historic sites such as Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Puntilla about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online trip builder .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Pereira.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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Pereira

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coffee & Tea Tours as well as Valle del Cocora. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Cristalina and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Estacion del Ferrocarril.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pereira day trip planning website .

You can fly from Cartagena to Pereira in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in January; daily highs in Pereira reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Pereira

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valle del Cocora
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
La Cristalina ©
La Cristalina

1
night
Santa Marta

Santa Marta
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Pereira to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pereira in January, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo San Juan Del Guia. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

Planning Tayrona National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip planning website .

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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Medellin

Medellin ©
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 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa and then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia, then stroll around Parques del Rio, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Guatape Dam.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Medellin online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Marta to Medellin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Guatape Dam
Highlights from your plan
Parques del Rio ©
Parques del Rio
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Pueblito Paisa ©
Pueblito Paisa

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Bogota

Bogota
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip site .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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