18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
5
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Porto

2
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 28th (Tue), browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, and then stop by Duna Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Centro Cultural Moravia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mayorca Mega Plaza.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin day trip planner .

Porto, Portugal to Medellin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto to Medellin. When traveling from Porto in January, plan for warmer days in Medellin, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Duna Store ©
Duna Store

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
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 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru road trip planning site .

Getting from Medellin to Isla Baru by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dantas Store or Anticuario El Arcon. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, view the masterpieces at NH Galeria, and don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip site .

You can drive from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 1.5 hours. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta journey website .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza ©
Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
For shopping fun, head to Esmeraldas Colombianas or Banco de la Republica. Visit Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read San Andres Island route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in February, plan for a bit cooler days in San Andres Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

5
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.
Head to Barrio La Candelaria and Pasaje Rivasfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Monserrate and Esensal will get you outdoors. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Vinos Express (in Chia), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), shop like a local with Parque 93, take a stroll around Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in February, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Vinos Express, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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