15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Lisbon

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.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bogota, use our trip itinerary maker.

Lisbon, Portugal to Bogota is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Bogota, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in June, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia and then walk around Parque Lleras.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in June: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

2
nights
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 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque de Los Novios and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in June, expect Santa Marta to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

5
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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, stroll through Playa de San Luis, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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