16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Bogota
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Bogota
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Guatape
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 30 min
6
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
7
Islas de Rosario
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
8
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Cali
— 1 night
End: Cali

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night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasaje Rivas, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral Primada. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then view the masterpieces at DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip builder app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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Medellin

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 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, then browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and then browse the exhibits of Arte Loft Galeria.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Guatape.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Spas & Wellness

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nights
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Get in touch with nature at Piedra Del Penol and Cable Paseo Guatape. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatape: Ceramicas Esmaltarte (in Carmen de Viboral) and Yellow-Eared Parrot Bird Reserve (in Jardin). There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Parque Comfama.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Guatape road trip website.

Getting from Medellin to Guatape by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Medellin in December, things will get little chillier in Guatape: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Guatape

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ceramicas Esmaltarte, Yellow-Eared Parrot Bird Reserve, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Parque Comfama ©
Parque Comfama
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Guatape to Cartagena in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Guatape in December, you will find days in Cartagena are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Spas Nature
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) ©
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

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Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Baru travel site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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 15th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll through Cristal Beach, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online trip planner.

You can take a bus from Isla Baru to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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Islas de Rosario

Islas de Rosario
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Islas de Rosario day trip website.

Getting from Santa Marta to Islas de Rosario by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Islas de Rosario are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors
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San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 18th (Fri), see the vivid underwater world at West View, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and then kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, then examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Islas de Rosario to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
West View
West View

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Cali

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, go for a walk through Barrio San Antonio, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, stop by Centro Comercial Chipichape, and then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cali trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in December, Cali is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

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