45 days in Colombia & Madrid Itinerary

45 days in Colombia & Madrid Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Guatape, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 9 nights
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Jardin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 6 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.
Prado National Museum and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Casco Historico de Toledo, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Valletta in November, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

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Bogota, Colombia

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Catedral Primada de Bogota are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Nacional de Colombia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, &more) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, wander the streets of Parque 93, make a trip to Monserrate, and stop by Barrio La Candelaria.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota online day trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Bogota by flight takes about 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Bogota is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in November; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 6 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.
Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) and Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, admire the masterpieces at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get much warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Guatape.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Guatape, Colombia

— 3 nights
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Guatape to Marinilla to see Parque de Marinilla about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Centro de Bienestar Koi, take in the dramatic natural features at Guatape Dam, get outside with Cable Paseo Guatape, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Guatape tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Cartagena to Guatape by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cartagena, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Guatape, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 9 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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de Antioquia and Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta. Visit Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Parroquia la Nina Maria for their historical value. On the 20th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin visit planner.

You can drive from Guatape to Medellin in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jardin.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Jardin, Colombia

— 2 nights
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. Get some historical perspective at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Cerro Cristo Rey. When in Jardin, make a side trip to see Vitall Spa in Tamesis, approximately Tamesis away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Cueva del Esplendor, don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Jardin, take in nature's colorful creations at Mi Jardin Encantado, and see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jardin road trip tool.

You can drive from Medellin to Jardin in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Jardin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cali.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Cali, Colombia

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Aereo Fenix and Barrio San Antonio. Let the collections at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia and Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Cali side-trips: Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga), Palmira (Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar & Parque de la Factoria) and Camino Real (in Barichara). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cali tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Jardin to Cali in 7.5 hours. December in Cali sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bogota, Colombia

— 5 nights

Athens of South America

Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Nacional de Colombia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano (in Tocancipa), Zipaquira (Esensal & Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). See some other sides of Bogota: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lord of Miracles of Buga, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota vacation website.

You can fly from Cali to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Cali in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Primada and Templo de Debod. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Alcazar of Segovia. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Church of Santo Tomé, &more) and Segovia (Acueduct of Segovia & Old City). Explore Madrid further: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bogota to Madrid by flight takes about 13 hours. Traveling from Bogota to Madrid, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

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.