17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
3
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
4
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Vienna

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then stop by Duna Store, and finally browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Loft Galeria, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mayorca Mega Plaza.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip itinerary maker.

Vienna, Austria to Medellin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in March; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Centro Comercial Santafé ©
Centro Comercial Santafé
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Colombia and Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Esensal (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, make a trip to Monserrate, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, and wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria.

For traveler tips, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In March, Bogota is little chillier than Medellin - with highs of 23°C and lows of 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

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Providencia Island trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Providencia Island in 6.5 hours. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Providencia Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Shop till you drop at Banco de la Republica and Esmeraldas Colombianas. Explore hidden gems such as West View and Parasailing & Paragliding. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary site .

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally stroll around Parque de Los Novios. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, and then stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Andres Island in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrio Getsemani and Iglesia de la Trinidad. NH Galeria and San Lazaro Distrito de Artes will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

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