23 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
4
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
5
Minca, Colombia
— 3 nights
6
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 2 nights
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Marlin and Playa Chacmool. Zona Arqueológica El Meco and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach, and examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Antiguo del Sureste.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary website.

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cancun due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin

2
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 28th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Chikin Ha, and finally look for gifts at Organik Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

Before you visit Playa del Carmen, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mayan Beach and Shark Diving. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and head outdoors with Ziggy Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tulum online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cenote Santa Cruz, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach
Shark Diving
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ALTITUDE and Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro. When in Medellin, make a side trip to see Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen in Guatape, approximately Guatape away. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria, get curious at Museo del Agua EPM, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Medellin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tulum to Medellin takes 9 hours. March in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Minca.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Guatape, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol ©
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

3
nights
Minca, Colombia

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Take a break from the city and head to El Dorado Bird Reserve and Pozo Azul. Step off the beaten path and head to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Iglesia San Jose. Get out of town with these interesting Minca side-trips: Aracataca (Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez & Casa del Telegrafista). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca and examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Minca trip tool.

Getting from Medellin to Minca by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in March, with highs in Minca at 39°C and lows at 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

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Aracataca
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Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez ©
Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Casa del Telegrafista ©
Casa del Telegrafista

2
nights
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park
On the next day, kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Minca to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. March in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Blanca and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Templo de Santo Domingo. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani, examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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