22 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  25 h
1
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Travel:  3 h 45 min
3
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h
4
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Minca, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Art Gallery Miniature. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mayan Beach. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, get outside with Ziggy Beach, stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tulum online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tulum is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. In February, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

4
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Marlin and Playa Chacmool. Visiting National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Puerto Morelos (Spas & Shark Diving). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco and examine the collection at Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Highlights from your plan
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Shark Diving
Spas

2
nights
Holbox Island, Mexico

Holbox Island ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Punta Mosquito, and finally browse the exhibits of La Choza de Fito. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Yum Balam Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

2
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like ALTITUDE and Museo del Agua EPM. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. The adventure continues: cruise along 2000m Descent and more, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Medellin day trip website .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Medellin with the Route module. Traveling from Holbox Island in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Medellin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Minca.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

ALTITUDE
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin

2
nights
Minca, Colombia

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
On the 9th (Mon), head outdoors with Pozo Azul, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and then examine the collection at Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Minca vacation planner.

Getting from Medellin to Minca by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in March, things will get a bit warmer in Minca: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Minca

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

2
nights
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Minca to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Visit Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Templo de Santo Domingo for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Blanca and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, and admire the striking features of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip site .

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena in 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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