20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 4 nights
2
Medellin
— 4 nights
3
Manizales
— 2 nights
4
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
5
Cartagena
— 7 nights

4
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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bogota tour planning website.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vivero Crisalide, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

4
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.
Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape) and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, get your game on at Bubble Foot Medellin, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in December; daily highs in Medellin reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

2
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
On the 19th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Monumento El Bolivar Condor, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Recinto del Pensamiento, thentake some stellar pictures from Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Manizales Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manizales trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Manizales by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect nights in Manizales to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Manizales

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Manizales Cathedral ©
Manizales Cathedral
Recinto del Pensamiento ©
Recinto del Pensamiento
Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales ©
Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario, browse the fresh offerings at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, stroll around San Pio Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Manizales to Bucaramanga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manizales in December: highs in Bucaramanga hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
Highlights from your plan
San Pio Park ©
San Pio Park
Panachi ©
Panachi
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves

7
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and make a trip to Torre del Reloj.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online travel planner.

Getting from Bucaramanga to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bucaramanga in December, with highs in Cartagena at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Speed Boats Tours

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