17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Desal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota journey planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Bogota, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in February, expect nights in Bogota to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

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Medellin

— 3 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, discover the deep blue sea with Banda Dive Shop, and don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Medellin in February, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Cartagena

— 3 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Santa Marta

— 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.
On the 16th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.