16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Medellin
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

3
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.
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Salt Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and La Candelaria will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Laguna de Guatavita, examine the collection at Museo de Trajes Regionales, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Bolivar, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bogota trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bogota. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Santo Domingo in November, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Walled City of Cartagena and Torre del Reloj are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Playa De Punta Arena. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Islas del Rosario, don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, Cartagena is much warmer than Bogota - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and then stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online itinerary creator.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

1
night
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, expect Medellin to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Pueblito Paisa ©
Pueblito Paisa
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, adventure, sightseeing, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cristal Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Mundo Marino, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerery planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in November: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taganga, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Catedral de Santa Marta ©
Catedral de Santa Marta
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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