16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota route planning app.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

4
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.
Visiting Piedra Del Penol and Parque Arvi will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Antioquia and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museum Pablo Escobar, take in the history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Medellin journey builder tool.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in April; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Catedral de Santa Marta. There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and kick back and relax at Playa Grande.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Marta day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in April; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Grande
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

5
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 the city and head to Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, and don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

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

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