8 days in Cartagena, Bogota & Medellin Itinerary

8 days in Cartagena, Bogota & Medellin Itinerary

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8 days in Cartagena, Bogota & Medellin Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
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.
On the 4th (Sat), don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally go for a walk through Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cartagena is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Vitrina Guayca, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in April, things will get colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

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 ©

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.
On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Plaza Botero, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stop by Duna Store. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with 2000m Descent and more.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

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