16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
4
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
End: Bogota

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna de Guatavita and Ciclovia de Bogota. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salt Cathedral and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral Diocesana, which is approximately 1:30 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Bogota. In December, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Blanca and Oceanario Colombia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza Santo Domingo and Convento La Popa de la Galera. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, and take a memorable tour with Navega Colombia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Boats4U ©
Boats4U
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Piedra del Penol and Arvi Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna de Guatape and El Penon de Guatape. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in December; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Nabusimake. It doesn't end there: catch a wave with a taste of the best surfing spots and take in the dramatic scenery at Valencia Brook's Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip planner.

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 December: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Nabusimake ©
Nabusimake
Valencia Brook's Waterfalls ©
Valencia Brook's Waterfalls

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