15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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

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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, pick up some new knowledge with Whee Institute, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Bogota. In October in Bogota, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get outside with Globos Colombia, then get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, and then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montenegro online trip planner .

Getting from Bogota to Montenegro by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In October, Montenegro is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Medellin tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. October in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In October, San Andres Island is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip maker website .

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at 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, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundo Marino.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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

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