8 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Islas de Rosario Itinerary

8 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Islas de Rosario Itinerary

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8 days in Bogota, Cartagena & Islas de Rosario Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Bus + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
3
Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, and then stop by Vitrina Guayca. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque de Usaquen, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

3
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Bogota in May: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Islas de Rosario.

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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
Islas de Rosario

Islas de Rosario ©
Spend a day outdoors on the 13th (Wed) with IslaBela.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Islas de Rosario trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario in 2.5 hours. In May in Islas de Rosario, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

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IslaBela ©
IslaBela

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