28 days in Colombia & Mexico City Itinerary

28 days in Colombia & Mexico City Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Bogota, Colombia

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online trip maker.

Khartoum, Sudan to Bogota is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Khartoum to Bogota is minus 7 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Khartoum in May, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Caribe Extremo, relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, and kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in May, San Andres Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Las Bovedas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Mexico City, Mexico

— 10 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Palacio de Tepantitla & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5) and Catedral de Texcoco -La Inmaculada Concepcion (in Texcoco). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online visit planner.

Fly from Cartagena to Mexico City in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cartagena, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.