16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Madrid
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
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:  1 h 45 min
5
Montenegro
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Madrid

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: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Madrid, Spain to Cartagena is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in July, Cartagena is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, and don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay.

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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 August, plan for little chillier days in San Andres Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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 a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Colegio Mayor San Bartolome.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota vacation tool.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. In August, Bogota is colder than San Andres Island - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Montenegro planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Montenegro in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in August, expect Montenegro to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

3
nights
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 13th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Parques del Rio, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally stroll around Parque San Antonio.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Medellin itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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