16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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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:  6 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 Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Barrio La Candelaria and Museo de Trajes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, walk around Parque de Usaquen, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary builder site.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bogota is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). Get some historical perspective at Walled City of Cartagena and Torre del Reloj. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa De Punta Arena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena travel route planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in November; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel 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 head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

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Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In November in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel 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): steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin online tour planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in November, with highs in Medellin at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park to see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, stroll through Playa Blanca, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In November, Santa Marta is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish 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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