12 days in Colombia & San Juan Itinerary

12 days in Colombia & San Juan Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia & San Juan Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
1
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Cali, Colombia
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old San Juan and La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina. Visit Pine Grove Beach and Luquillo Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to Caribbean Trading Company Store in Palmer, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site, stop by Spicy Caribbee, take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Juan trip maker app .

If you are flying in from Puerto Rico, the closest major airport is Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Luquillo Beach, Pine Grove Beach, Caribbean Trading Company Store
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach

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nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Head to Parque 93 and Titan plazafor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar plaza. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal & Catedral Diocesana). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and don't miss a visit to Mount Monserrate.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bogota holiday maker app .

Getting from San Juan to Bogota by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from San Juan, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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Cali, Colombia

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.
To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cali travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Cali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cali: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping
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Cartagena, Colombia

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), browse the different shops at Caribe Plaza Centro Comercial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento La Popa de la Galera, and then explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally make a trip to La Popa Monastery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cartagena vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cali in December, Cartagena is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Shopping
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
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 24th (Mon): stop by Centro Comercial Oviedo and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in December, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Shopping
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Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

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