9 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Medellin
— 1 night
Fly
4
Pereira
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playa Blanca will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Rodadero.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online attractions planner.

Barranquilla to Santa Marta is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Blanca and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza de Bolivar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, pause for some photo ops at Escultura de Adolfo Mejia, and make a trip to Monumento a los Zapatos Viejos.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 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.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Medellin is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Pereira.
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Pereira — 1 night

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Claret, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pereira online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Pereira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Pereira, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) 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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