17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Munich
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h 30​min
1
Bogota
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Pereira
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
5
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Bogota
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Munich

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Bogota travel itinerary planner.

Munich, Germany to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Bogota is minus 6 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Munich in December: highs in Bogota hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Arvi and Guatape Dam. Discover out-of-the-way places like Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13 and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatape (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen & ALTITUDE). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and stroll around Parques del Rio.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Medellin online journey planner .

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in December: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Pereira.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Guatape
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Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Spas
Balloon Rides

4
nights
Pereira

Pereira ©
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Escape the urban bustle at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Parque Regional Natural Ucumari. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coffee & Tea Tours and Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira, don't miss a visit to Plaza Victoria, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pereira day trip tool .

You can fly from Medellin to Pereira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Pereira

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Coffee & Tea Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Paseo El Camellon and then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta driving holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Pereira to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pereira in January, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
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Nabusimake ©
Nabusimake
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

2
nights
San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip app .

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in January, plan for slightly colder days in San Andres Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Bocagrande.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online route planner .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Playa de Bocagrande ©
Playa de Bocagrande
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

1
day
Bogota

Bogota ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo and then identify plant and animal life at Alameda de Quebrada Vieja.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota online visit planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in January, things will get colder in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Wildlife Outdoors Trails
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Alameda de Quebrada Vieja ©
Alameda de Quebrada Vieja

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