10 days in Mexico City & Colombia Itinerary

10 days in Mexico City & Colombia Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night


Mexico City, Mexico — 3 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). There's much more to do: stop by Historic Center (Centro Historico), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get outside with Ride MB, and contemplate the long history of National Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

Playa del Carmen to Mexico City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in July, with highs in Mexico City at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Cartagena.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Side Trip
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Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

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 5th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura, then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

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You can fly from Mexico City to Cartagena in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect nights in Cartagena to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visiting Playa de San Luis and Caribe Extremo will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa Charquitos. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island planning website.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Traveling from Cartagena in July, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bogota.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Bogota, Colombia — 1 night

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 10th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota vacation maker tool.

Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in July, expect Bogota to be much colder, temps between 21°C and 10°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature
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Colombia travel guide

Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.