26 days in Colombia & Chile Itinerary

26 days in Colombia & Chile Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Drive to Los Andes
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Los Andes, Chile
— 7 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. Head to Plaza Bocagrande Centro Comercial and Tienda Martha de Royetfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Centro Historico, buy something for everyone on your list at Multicentro La Plazuela, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Getsemani, and ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia Mayor.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker tool.

Managua, Nicaragua to Cartagena is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 1 hour. June in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Bogota, Colombia

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bioparque La Reserva and La Macarena. Head to Centro Comercial Fontanar and Centro Comercial Santafefor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to La Calera to see Observatorio de Colibries about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Parque El Virrey, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Francisco de Sales.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in July, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Andes.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Los Andes, Chile

— 7 nights
Los Andes, founded in July 31, 1791 as Santa Rosa de Los Andes, is a Chilean city and commune located in the province of the same name, in Valparaíso Region ("Fifth Region" of Chile). You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pintarroja Dive Center and Fulladrenalin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Escultorico Cementerio de Carretas and Muelle Papudo. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Andes: Ski Arpa (in San Esteban), Quintessence Alpacas (in Llaillay) and Plaza Putaendo (in Putaendo). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Plaza de Armas de San Felipe, do a tasting at Vina Almendral, examine the collection at Museo del Antiguo Convento del Espiritu Santo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Las Mercedes.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Los Andes trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bogota to Los Andes. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bogota in July, with highs in Los Andes at 18°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Los Andes

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Chile

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Head to La Dulceria and En Casa Dimalowfor some retail therapy. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Concon Dunes and Palacio Baburizza. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Museo Maritimo Nacional, get engrossed in the history at Museo Mirador Lukas, get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Gervasoni, and make a trip to Ascensor El Peral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Valparaiso travel planner.

You can drive from Los Andes to Valparaiso in 2 hours. Traveling from Los Andes in July, Valparaiso is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 7 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Head to Isidora Goyenechea and Mall Sportfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Interactivo Mirador, look for gifts at Pasaje Agustin Edwards, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santiago tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.