25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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La Macarena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive to Bogota, Fly to Medellin
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus to Puerto Juárez, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then wander the streets of Zona G Bogota. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, wander the streets of Parque 93, then walk around Parque de Usaquen, and finally don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Macarena.

Things to do in Bogota

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Nature

La Macarena, Colombia

— 2 nights
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Cano Cristales.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read La Macarena online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bogota to La Macarena in 17.5 hours. You'll set off for Medellin on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in La Macarena

Nature · Parks
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Medellin, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, then see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, then contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, and finally see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Medellin online sightseeing planner.

Getting from La Macarena to Medellin by combination of car and flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Playa de Bocagrande and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, then race across the water with Boats4U, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 25th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Island House Museum, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, then see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and then stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island online attractions planner.

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 6.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tulum.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Tulum, Mexico

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. On the next day, stroll through Parque Los Fundadores, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Tulum in 11 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Andres Island in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akumal Beach. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip maker tool.

Drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

— 2 nights
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 3rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative, then examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum, then stop by Pau Pao Desing, and finally stroll through Playa Norte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tortugranja, explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally stop by Galeria de Arte Mexicano.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Cancun, Mexico

— 2 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Norte and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Playa El Centro, examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Cancun by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cancun are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.