15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Brasilia

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner .

Brasilia, Brazil to Cartagena is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brasilia in January; daily highs in Cartagena reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta route app .

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, stop by Vitrina Guayca, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Humedal de Cordoba ©
Humedal de Cordoba

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stop by Filandia Centro Artesanal and then explore the striking landscape of Los Nevados National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salento journey builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect Salento to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Nevados National Park, Maderitas Jugueteria
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Los Nevados National Park ©
Los Nevados National Park

1
night
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get outside with Globos Colombia and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro online route maker .

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Montenegro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
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Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

2
nights
Medellin

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 14th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Duna Store, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Duna Store ©
Duna Store

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