9 days in Colombia Itinerary

9 days in Colombia Itinerary

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9 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
1
Cartagena
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Montenegro
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Medellin
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Cartagena

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day
Cartagena

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Cartagena. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

1
night
Santa Marta

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.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
Bogota

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, Bogota is cooler than Santa Marta - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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night
Montenegro

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.
On the 17th (Sun), get outside with Globos Colombia and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Montenegro trip planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Montenegro in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Montenegro at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

1
night
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Duna Store, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Medellin online visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November in Medellin, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Duna Store ©
Duna Store

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Andres Island using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In November, San Andres Island is a bit warmer than Medellin - with highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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