16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  23​h
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Montenegro
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, make a trip to Bolivar plaza, and stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner .

New Delhi, India to Bogota is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from New Delhi to Bogota. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in September; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

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.
On the 21st (Sat), head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies, then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Montenegro trip planner .

Getting from Bogota to Montenegro by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in September, with highs in Montenegro at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) 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)

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and make a trip to Rocky Cay.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Medellin in September since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

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

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.
On the 27th (Fri), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

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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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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cartagena driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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

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