15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: Playa del Carmen

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary planning tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Cartagena is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in December: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car 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
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
Santa Marta

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 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta day trip planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and stroll through Playa Charquitos.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island journey tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Foot Medellin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Medellin, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

1
night
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
On the 30th (Mon), get outside with Globos Colombia and then get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montenegro sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
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Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bogota travel route planner.

You can fly from Montenegro to Bogota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Montenegro in December: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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