8 days in Colombia Itinerary

8 days in Colombia Itinerary

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8 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Medellin
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Newark

1
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.
On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip builder site .

Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 89°F and 76°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory ©
Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory
Museo del Oro Zenu ©
Museo del Oro Zenu

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll around Parque de Los Novios. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Blanca, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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

1
night
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 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, stop by Duna Store, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin visit website .

You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in December; daily highs in Medellin reach 81°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Museums Shopping
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Walking tours
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Duna Store ©
Duna Store

2
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 with an excursion to Laguna de Guatavita in Tierra Negra--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for all kinds of wild species at Humedal de Cordoba, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online day trip planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In December, Bogota is a bit cooler than Medellin - with highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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