25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Macarena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive to Bogota, Fly to Medellin
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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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
Ferry
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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then stop by Zona G Bogota. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Monserrate, take a stroll through Parque 93, then walk around Parque de Usaquen, and finally don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in April; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to La Macarena.
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales.

You can plan La Macarena trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Bogota to La Macarena takes 17.5 hours. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Medellin.
Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Medellin, Colombia — 2 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza Botero, then look and learn at Planetario de Medellin, then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, and finally see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin travel route planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from La Macarena to Medellin in 13.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Bocagrande and then get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation 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 other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Marta.
Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Santa Marta, Colombia — 2 nights

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 1st (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Cristal.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Andres Island.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, then see the vivid underwater world at West View, then identify plant and animal life at Aquanautas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and then stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight.

Discover how to plan a San Andres Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Andres Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tulum.
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Los Fundadores, then stroll through Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akumal Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip maker.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Tulum takes 11 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tulum, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.
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 8th (Sun): stroll around Parque Los Fundadores, stroll through Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park, and then stroll through Akumal Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, then see the interesting displays at Captain Dulche's Museum, then stop by Pau Pao Desing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by Galeria de Arte Mexicano.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Cancun.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

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.
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Playa El Centro, then see the interesting displays at Captain Dulche's Museum, and then stroll through Playa Delfines.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cancun online itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.