17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 4 nights
2
Ipiales
— 1 night
3
San Agustin
— 2 nights
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
5
Cartagena
— 5 nights

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Catedral Diocesana. Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Monserrate, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasaje Rivas, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota planning app.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Belo Horizonte to Bogota is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Belo Horizonte in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

1
night
Ipiales

Ipiales ©
Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ipiales trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Bogota to Ipiales with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bogota in July, with highs in Ipiales at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Ipiales

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary

2
nights
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Alto de las Chinas, pause for some photo ops at El Purutal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Agustin, thendelve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena and then pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Agustin online route planner.

You can drive from Ipiales to San Agustin in 9.5 hours. While traveling from Ipiales, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Iglesia de San Agustin ©
Iglesia de San Agustin
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cristal Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Alcaldia de Santa Marta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Parque de Los Novios and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from San Agustin to Santa Marta in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Agustin, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrio Getsemani and Iglesia de Santo Toribio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centro Historico and Walled City of Cartagena. There's still lots to do: get outside with Bomba Beach Club, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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