11 days in Panama City & Colombia Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
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Guatape, Colombia
— 1 night
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama — 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planning website.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Panama City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You've added Parque Lleras, Plaza Cisneros, Museo de Antioquia, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Plaza Botero, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, then make a trip to Plaza Cisneros, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Medellin online journey builder.

Getting from Panama City to Medellin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Medellin is little chillier than Panama City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guatape.
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Guatape, Colombia — 1 night

On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Comfama as well as Plazoleta de los Zocalos. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol, then find something for the whole family at Parque Comfama, and then don't miss a visit to Plazoleta de los Zocalos.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Guatape trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Medellin to Guatape in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in December: high temperatures in Guatape hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque El Poblado, Parque de los Deseos, Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get outside with Parque de los Deseos, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, then see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque El Poblado.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Medellin online journey maker.

Getting from Guatape to Medellin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatape in December: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 81°F and lows are around 64°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 2 nights

Athens of South America

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.
You've added Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, Zona T, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, don't miss a visit to Plaza Del Chorro Del Quevedo, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and finally wander the streets of Parque 93. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and then go for a walk through Zona T.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Bogota day trip site.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect Bogota to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 2 nights

America's Pearl

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 day by day itinerary now includes Playa Cristal, Playa de las 7 Olas and Playa El Rodadero. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa El Rodadero and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cristal, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Marta trip simple and quick.

Getting from Bogota to Santa Marta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get much hotter in Santa Marta: highs are around 92°F and lows about 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Your day by day itinerary now includes El Hueco El Numero Uno as well as Parque Arvi. On the 9th (Fri), browse the different shops at El Hueco El Numero Uno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Parque Arvi.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin online vacation builder.

Getting from Santa Marta to Medellin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, expect Medellin to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City day trip website.

You can fly from Medellin to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect Panama City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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.
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