17 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia & Mexico Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
5
Islas de Rosario, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
6
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, and then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota online itinerary planner .

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Bogota to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

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Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

3
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de Antioquia and Pueblito Paisa. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Piedra Del Penol. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip tool .

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

2
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

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): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta route planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in March: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Torre del Reloj. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena travel planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
night
Islas de Rosario, Colombia

Islas de Rosario
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Islas de Rosario trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors
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2
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get in touch with nature at Bosque de Chapultepec and Ride MB Motorcycle Rental Mexico. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Islas de Rosario to Mexico City. Traveling from Islas de Rosario to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Islas de Rosario in March: highs in Mexico City hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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