57 days in Colombia, Austin & Pyongyang Itinerary

57 days in Colombia, Austin & Pyongyang Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Montenegro, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cali, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
6
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Bus + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
8
Islas de Rosario, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 15 min
9
Austin, United States
— 8 nights
Fly:  29 h
10
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

6
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Laguna de Guatavita and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Bogota is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Bogota. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Chia, Laguna de Guatavita, Chingaza National Park, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Jaime Duque ©
Parque Jaime Duque
Bioparque La Reserva ©
Bioparque La Reserva

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Parque Explora and Planetario de Medellin. Step out of Medellin to go to Guatape and see Parque Comfama, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

Planning Medellin trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in October; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parque Comfama, Parroquia la Nina Maria
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Parque Comfama ©
Parque Comfama
Parque Los Tamarindos ©
Parque Los Tamarindos

4
nights
Montenegro, Colombia

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Family-friendly places like Parque del Cafe and Bioparque Ukumari will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Montenegro side-trips: Panaca (in Quimbaya) and Salento (Bosques de Cocora, Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Globos Colombia, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Salento, Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Bioparque Ukumari
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Panaca ©
Panaca
Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies

5
nights
Cali, Colombia

Cali ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Zoologico de Cali and Centro Campestre Comfandi Pance. Change things up with these side-trips from Cali: Sendero Ecologico Las Brumas (in Calima) and El Derrumbado (in Buga). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, have fun at Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero de Cali, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cali trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Cali sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sendero Ecologico Las Brumas, El Derrumbado
Highlights from your plan
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Centro Campestre Comfandi Pance ©
Centro Campestre Comfandi Pance
El Refugio Foundation ©
El Refugio Foundation

6
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cocoplum Bay and Bahia Suroeste. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Andres Island, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

5
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Attractions like Cristal Beach and Marine World Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park), Barranquilla (Parque de la Castellana, Iglesia del Rosario, &more) and El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Neguanje, and stroll through Playa Bello Horizonte.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. November in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barranquilla, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, El Dorado Bird Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Blanca and Playa Puntilla. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena journey maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Bajo Las Palmas
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

2
nights
Islas de Rosario, Colombia

Islas de Rosario ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get outside with IslaBela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Dulce.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Islas de Rosario trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
IslaBela ©
IslaBela

8
nights
Austin, United States

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Natural Bridge Caverns and Texas State Capitol. Venture out of the city with trips to San Antonio (Friedrich Wilderness Park, SeaWorld, &more) and Texas Reptile Zoo (in Bastrop). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Austin.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Austin attractions planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Islas de Rosario to Austin. The time zone difference when traveling from Islas de Rosario to Austin is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Islas de Rosario in December, with highs in Austin at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio, Bee Cave Central Park, Texas Reptile Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

6
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Attractions like Kaeson Youth Park and Pyongyang Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyongyang: Koryo Museum (in Kaesong), Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm (in Nampo) and Hyangsan (Pohyonsa Temple, Mount Myohyang, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, learn about all things military at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, appreciate the history behind Workers' Party Foundation Monument, and laugh and play at Munsu Water Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyongyang vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Austin to Pyongyang. Traveling from Austin to Pyongyang, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hyangsan, Koryo Museum, Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm
Highlights from your plan
Mount Myohyang ©
Mount Myohyang
Kaeson Youth Park ©
Kaeson Youth Park
Munsu Water Park ©
Munsu Water Park

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