16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Salento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jardin
— 2 nights
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Medellin — 4 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.
On the 11th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Botero, stroll through Parque Arvi, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at Makeno Tienda.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Medellin attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Medellin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 3 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip planner.

Fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Salento.
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Salento — 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

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You can fly from Cartagena to Salento in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in December, with highs in Salento at 82°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jardin.
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Jardin — 2 nights

El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. On the 22nd (Thu), make a trip to Principal Park and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Esplendor, then get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally stroll through Gallito de Roca Preserve.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jardin online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Salento to Jardin takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Jardin are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel 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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