16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cali
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Mall Plaza El Castillo and Plaza Bocagrande Centro Comercial. Get a sense of the local culture at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena online trip itinerary maker .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santo Domingo to Cartagena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

2
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoologico de Cali, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, then stop by Centro Comercial Chipichape, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Pance River, then stop by Centro Comercial UNICENTRO, then wander the streets of Barrio San Antonio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cali when traveling from Cartagena in January, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita

4
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pueblito Paisa and Museo de Antioquia. Step out of the city life by going to Piedra del Penol and Laguna de Guatape. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, stop by Centro Comercial Oviedo, let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras, and explore and take pictures at Universidad de Antioquia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin itinerary maker site .

Fly from Cali to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Cali, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Pueblito Paisa ©
Pueblito Paisa

6
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and National Museum of Colombia capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Parque 93 or Centro Comercial Gran Estacion. Venture out of the city with trips to Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip planning app .

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in January, you will find days in Bogota are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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