18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Montenegro
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip planning app .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Andres Island is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan to San Andres Island. In January, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to 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 18th (Sat), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in January: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

Plan trip to Cartagena with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

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

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, meet the residents at Parque Explora, and take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Medellin vacation app .

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in January, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montenegro: Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis (in Armenia) and Salento (Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montenegro trip builder site .

Getting from Medellin to Montenegro by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Montenegro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Salento, Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar plaza, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bogota using our trip planner.

You can fly from Montenegro to Bogota in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Montenegro in January: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 23°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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