19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 6 nights
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Cartagena

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santo Domingo to Cartagena. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cali

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Barrio San Antonio. Visit Iglesia de San Antonio and Iglesia La Ermita for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Reserva Natural Nirvana in Palmira (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Andoke, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar.

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Getting from Cartagena to Cali by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cali when traveling from Cartagena in January, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Get outdoors at Parque Arvi and Cerro El Volador. Get some cultural insight at Museo de Antioquia and Pueblito Paisa. Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alma del Bosque, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

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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 slightly colder 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 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa de Leyva

— 2 nights
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo El Fosil, then look for all kinds of wild species at Granja de Avestruces, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Terracota. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, then examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, and finally make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

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Drive from Medellin to Villa de Leyva in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monserrate and Parque Natural Chicaque. Get some historical perspective at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon), Cascada La Chorrera (in Choachi) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, and take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria.

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You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Bogota sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.