12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Barranquilla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Cartagena

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Bioparque La Reserva in Cota, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, stroll through Parque de Usaquen, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerery planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Bogota. In November, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Bioparque La Reserva
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Bioparque La Reserva ©
Bioparque La Reserva

4
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna de Guatape and Parque Explora. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Parque Ecologico Los Salados (in Retiro), Medellin Adventure Trails (in Guarne) and Piedra del Penol (in Guatape). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Piedras Blancas. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Botero, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and admire the natural beauty at Entre Flores.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerery planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in November; daily highs in Medellin reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Medellin Adventure Trails, Parque Ecologico Los Salados
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Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Medellin Adventure Trails ©
Medellin Adventure Trails

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Plaza Santo Domingo and Playa Blanca. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento La Popa de la Galera, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in November; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Boats4U ©
Boats4U
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

2
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Bojanini Art Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Antiguo Edificio de la Aduana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, and finally get outside with Megua Parque Biotematico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Parque de Villa Santos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de la Castellana, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barranquilla vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Megua Parque Biotematico
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Parque de Villa Santos ©
Parque de Villa Santos
Megua Parque Biotematico ©
Megua Parque Biotematico
Parque de la Castellana ©
Parque de la Castellana

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