15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Playa del Carmen
Bus + Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + 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): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena online route builder.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Cartagena is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive 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
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta journey planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in December, and nighttime lows around 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

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island travel planner.

Fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stroll around Parques del Rio.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin sightseeing planning app.

Getting from San Andres Island to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Medellin, with lows around 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 ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Montenegro planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, make a trip to Bolivar Square, and look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

Plan trip to Bogota with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Montenegro to Bogota by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Montenegro in December, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to 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
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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