38 days in Colombia & Madrid Itinerary

38 days in Colombia & Madrid Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 8 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 7 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 7 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 11th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Gran Via, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then head outdoors with Picnic Madrid.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planning site.

Valletta, Malta to Madrid is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valletta in February: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square will appeal to history buffs. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Esensal (in Zipaquira), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, learn about all things military at Military Museum of Colombia, admire the natural beauty at Piero Jardinero, and examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Madrid to Bogota in 13 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in February: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 8 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walled City of Cartagena and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Let the collections at Museo del Oro Zenu and NH Galeria capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, stop by El Centro Artesano, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Barranquilla, Colombia

— 5 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
El Prado and Museo del Caribe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Megua Parque Biotematico and Bocas de Cenizas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barranquilla: Playas de Santa Veronica (in Juan de Acosta) and Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, look for gifts at Todomono, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Buenavista, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Barranquilla.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip maker website.

Take a bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Barranquilla are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 7 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Antioquia and Arte Loft Galeria. Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Laguna de Guatape. Get out of town with these interesting Medellin side-trips: Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape) and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria, stroll through Parque Arvi, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Barranquilla to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, Medellin is slightly colder than Barranquilla - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cali, Colombia

— 7 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Barrio San Antonio and Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Iglesia de San Antonio are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cali: Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga) and Palmira (Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar & Parque de los Bomberos). There's much more to do: get outside with Picoloro Ecoturismo, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Cana de Azucar, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cali road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de San Francisco and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Museo Nacional de Colombia. Explore Bogota further: browse the exhibits of Barrio La Candelaria, stroll through Ciclovia de Bogota, admire the striking features of Rosario university, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de Bogota.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bogota day trip planner.

You can fly from Cali to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, Bogota is slightly colder than Cali - with highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

On the 19th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Madrid takes 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bogota in March; daily highs in Madrid reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums

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.