19 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

19 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

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Bogota

— 5 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.
Museo Santa Clara and Iglesia de San Francisco will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Parque 93 or El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, hunt for treasures at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, and stop by Zona G Bogota.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

Panama City, Panama to Bogota is an approximately 6-hour flight. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Panama City in June; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Medellin

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Antioquia and Museo Casa de la Memoria. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Castillo Museo y Jardines and Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medellin: Vivoral Ceramica (in Carmen de Viboral) and Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Sopetran). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in June, expect Medellin to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Cartagena

— 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Historico and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barrio Getsemani and Plaza de San Diego. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, about 50 minutes away. On the 21st (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia Mayor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cartagena road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in June; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips