9 days in Colombia Itinerary

9 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour planner

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Bogota
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Medellin
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Cartagena
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Bogota
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Bogota

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Casa Santamaria and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bogota is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Medellin

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Medellin online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in December; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Tours

Cartagena

— 3 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.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa will appeal to history buffs. Museo Naval Del Caribe and Choco Museo will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Zapatos Viejos, and explore the world behind art at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday site.

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Bogota

— 1 night

Athens of South America

On the 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Monserrate and then see some colorful creatures with Dive & Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bogota tour planning site.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in December; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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.