12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia attractions planner

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Fly
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Cartagena
— 1 night
Bus
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Barranquilla
— 1 night
Bus to Santa Marta, Taxi to Tayrona National Park
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 1 night
Drive to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Cartagena

— 1 night

City of Heroes

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.
On the 21st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena online road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in November, things will get much warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 89°F and lows about 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Barranquilla

— 1 night

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip builder app.

Take a bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Barranquilla are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. On the 22nd (Mon), you're off to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Parks
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Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park online day trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
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Medellin

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza Botero and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip planner.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, Medellin is a bit cooler than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Bogota

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore and take pictures at Monserrate, and stop by Bta Capital.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in November, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between 67°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Cali

— 1 night

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix and then admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cali road trip app.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Cali at 85°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.