19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Barranquilla
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Bogota

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Monserrate. On the 25th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, stroll around Parque de Usaquen, then get a new perspective on things with Parapenteando, and finally take in the history at Iglesia Santa Beatriz.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planning website.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In December, Bogota is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Medellin

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Casa de la Memoria and Museo del Agua EPM. Step out of the city life by going to Ecoventure and Balloon Rides. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at La Pequena Galeria, get outside with Parque El Salado, and admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in December, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
You've added Cerro de la Popa, Playa Blanca, Centro Historico, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Gorda Gertrudis and Muelle de los Pegasos. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Barranquilla

— 4 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Tolentino and Plaza San Nicolas. Get outdoors at Playas de Santa Veronica and Parque Isla Salamanca. Go for a jaunt from Barranquilla to Galapa to see Megua Parque Biotematico about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through El Prado, take an in-depth tour of Museo Mapuka, stop by Todomono, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barranquilla online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Barranquilla can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 3 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cascadas de Marinka, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Alcaldia de Santa Marta. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Marinka and then get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.