23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate and Catedral Diocesana are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zona G Bogota and Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, stop by Unicentro Bogotá, ponder the world of politics at Biblioteca Nacional, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota online trip itinerary maker.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Bogota is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Zona G Bogota ©
Zona G Bogota

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cristal Beach and Nabusimake. Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta vacation maker website.

Getting from Bogota to Santa Marta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in November, expect Santa Marta to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Nicolas and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin travel planner.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in November, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de San Nicolas
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Catedral de San Nicolas ©
Catedral de San Nicolas

6
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.
Iglesia de la Trinidad and Casa Museo Rafael Nunez are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura and Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, tour the water at your own pace with Boats4U, and examine the collection at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip builder tool.

Fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Boats4U ©
Boats4U
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Primera Iglesia Bautista and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Relax by the water at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at West View, kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Andres Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
West View
West View
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

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