8 days in Colombia Itinerary

8 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena
— 1 night
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
3
Medellin
— 1 night
4
Bogota
— 2 nights

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, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cartagena day trip app.

Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. In December, Cartagena is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling 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

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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 20th (Fri): walk around Parque de Los Novios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to 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

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night
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 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, look for gifts at Duna Store, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, things will get slightly colder in Medellin: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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

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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.
Visiting Laguna de Guatavita and Humedal de Cordoba will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate and identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Matarredonda.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 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 ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

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