9 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

9 days in Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena Itinerary

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Bogota
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Medellin
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Cartagena
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Bogota

— 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.
Bolivar Square has been added to your itinerary. Head to Parque 93 and Bta Capitalfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones and see the interesting displays at La Casona del Museo.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bogota is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santo Domingo to Bogota. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Medellin

— 4 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 outdoors at Parque Arvi and Piedra Del Penol. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de Antioquia and Museum Pablo Escobar. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see the world from above with Air Tours.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Medellin driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Cartagena

— 1 day

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.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in January, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums