17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
— 2 nights
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
3
Providencia Island
— 1 night
4
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
6
Cartagena
— 5 nights

2
nights
Medellin

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 (Fri), browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and finally browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, then explore the galleries of Arte Loft Galeria, and then browse the different shops at Mayorca Mega Plaza.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Medellin online trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Medellin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Medellin is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in March, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
El Tesoro Parque Comercial ©
El Tesoro Parque Comercial

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Barrio La Candelaria and Parque 93. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Nacional de Colombia and Laguna de Guatavita. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in March: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 23°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia

1
night
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 18th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Providencia Island in 9 hours. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect nights in Providencia Island to be much hotter, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West View and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and kick back and relax at Cocoplum Bay.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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West View
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally make a trip to Parque de Los Novios. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, then stroll through Cristal Beach, and then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta journey planning tool.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect nights in Santa Marta to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Speed Boats Tours. Barrio Getsemani and Walled City of Cartagena will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, explore the galleries of San Lazaro Distrito de Artes, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cartagena, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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