15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Salento
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
3
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Bogota
— Few hours
End: Bogota

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airport is El Dorado International Airport. August in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Salento route site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in September: high temperatures in Salento hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region ©
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region

3
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.
Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin visit site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 7th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in San Andres Island. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

3
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Marinka, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve and then head outdoors with Pozo Azul.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park tour planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Minca
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Pozo Azul ©
Pozo Azul
Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

few
hours
Bogota

Bogota ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tayrona National Park to Bogota. In September, Bogota is cooler than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Shopping
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Bolivar plaza ©
Bolivar plaza

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