18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Bogota
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Cartagena

— 5 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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Santo Domingo to Cartagena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours

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Cali

— 2 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Andoke, then pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, then admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), then get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cali journey maker site.

You can fly from Cartagena to Cali in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cali when traveling from Cartagena in January, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife

Medellin

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and look for gifts at Makeno Tienda.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Medellin road trip site.

You can fly from Cali to Medellin in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Medellin, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bogota

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, wander the streets of Parque 93, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip website.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in January, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.