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Colombia Golf Trip Itinerary 3 Destinations 17 Days

Golf Itinerary Map Colombia 3 destinations 17 days

Updated on 03/30/2024

Dear readers,
My name is Frank, and I manage a golf travel operator in Colombia based in Bogota. We specialize in golf trips throughout Colombia.

Following the example golf trip below, you will find additional variations with different destinations and durations.

Summary of the Colombia Golf Trip

Day 1 – Bogota – Arrival
Day 2 – Bogota – La Cima Golf Course – Bogota
Day 3 – Bogota
Day 4 – Bogota – Bogota Golf Course – Bogota
Day 5 – Bogota – Guatavita – Zipaquira – Bogota
Day 6 – Bogota – San Andres Funza Golf Course – Bogota
Day 7 – Bogota – Medellin
Day 8 – Medellin – El Rodeo Golf Course – Medellin
Day 9 – Medellin – Guatape – Medellin
Day 10 – Medellin – Campestre Golf Course Rionegro – Medellin
Day 11 – Medellin
Day 12 – Medellin – La Macarena Golf Course Rionegro – Medellin
Day 13 – Medellin – Cartagena
Day 14 – Cartagena – Campestre Golf Course – Cartagena
Day 15 – Cartagena – Karibana Golf Course – Cartagena
Day 16 – Cartagena – Rosario Islands – Cartagena
Day 17 – Cartagena – Departure

Planned destinations for the Colombia Golf Trip

Bogota

Bogota is the capital of Colombia with over 10 million inhabitants. It is Colombia’s political, economic, cultural and tourist center and generates most of the national GDP.

At over 2,600 meters (8,600 feet) above sea level, it is the third-highest capital city in South America. With average temperatures of 7° C – 20° C (45° F – 68° F), the climate varies between cold and temperate. Bogota has an area of 1,775 km2 (685 sq mi), which is more than twice the size of Singapore.

Bogota was founded by the Spanish in 1538 but was already inhabited by the Pre-Muiscas. Most of the tourist attractions are located in the historic center of La Candelaria. The city’s wide range of cultural offerings, represented in museums, theaters and libraries, has earned it the name “South American Athens”.

Some essential sights in Bogota are the local mountain Monserrate, the Gold and Botero Museum as well as the food markets Paloquemao and La Perseverancia.

Guatavita

The municipality of Guatavita – Cundinamarca 53 km northeast of Bogota is recognized for giving rise to the most representative legend of Colombia, one of the most important in the world and Cultural Heritage of the Nation “The story of the Legend of El Dorado”. It is the religious, cultural and ancestral capital of the Muisca people. In Guatavita there is “Guatavita the Origin of the Legend” an area of 13.8 ha, consisting of a historic center with high heritage value and a cultural and tourist development polygon on the banks of the Tominé reservoir.

Zipaquira

Zipaquirá is a historic and enchanting town located in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia, approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Bogotá, the capital city. This charming town is famous for its awe-inspiring underground salt cathedral and well-preserved colonial architecture.

The Salt Cathedral is the primary attraction of Zipaquirá and a marvel of engineering and faith. Carved inside the tunnels of a salt mine, the cathedral is an underground sanctuary with impressive salt sculptures, religious artwork, and an ethereal atmosphere. It is a significant pilgrimage site and a masterpiece of Colombian architecture.

Zipaquirá’s historical center features well-preserved colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, and charming squares. Visitors can stroll through the town’s quaint streets and admire its colonial architecture, including the main square, Plaza de los Comuneros.

In addition to its colonial heritage, Zipaquirá has pre-Columbian archaeological sites, such as the ancient Muisca settlement of El Abra, which offers insights into the region’s indigenous history.

Medellin

Medellin is the second most populous city after Bogota. The city has a favorable geographic location in the broadest part of the natural region known as the Valley of Aburrá, located in the central Andes at 1,495 meters (4,905 feet) above sea level. This keeps the city at a comfortable temperature of between 14° C and 26° C (57° F to 79° F).

This spring climate in East Antioquia gives the region the privilege of being the second largest flower producer and exporter in the world, which is why Medellin is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” and the “Capital of the Mountain”.

The city has a modern infrastructure – it is the only city in Colombia with a subway system – and is considered the innovation center of the country. Museums, interactive parks, churches and city tours are among the attractions in Medellín. Must-do activities in Medellin include the graffiti tour in Comuna 13, visiting Arvi Park, taking photos in Botero Square and exploring the Botanical Gardens.

Guatapé

Guatapé is a picturesque and colorful town located in the Antioquia Department of Colombia, approximately 79 kilometers (49 miles) northeast of Medellín. Nestled among rolling hills and surrounded by stunning landscapes, Guatapé is renowned for its vibrant streets, unique architecture, and a mesmerizing man-made wonder that draws visitors from all over the world.

One of the main attractions of Guatapé is “La Piedra del Peñol” or “El Peñol Rock.” This massive granite monolith stands at an impressive height of about 200 meters (656 feet). Visitors can climb a staircase of 740 steps to reach the top, where they are rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the labyrinthine waterways of Guatapé’s reservoir.

Guatapé is famous for its vibrant and artistic buildings adorned with colorful bas-reliefs, known as “zócalos.” These intricately designed decorations can be found on the lower part of the houses, depicting a wide range of subjects, from daily life scenes to geometric patterns and symbols. Strolling through the town’s streets becomes an enchanting experience as the zócalos create a lively and captivating atmosphere.

The Guatapé Reservoir is a vast body of water surrounded by green hills and scattered islands. Also known as Lake Guatapé, it offers numerous opportunities for water-based activities, such as boat rides, jet skiing, kayaking, and fishing. The reservoir’s tranquility and natural beauty make it an ideal spot for relaxation and enjoying the great outdoors.

Guatapé’s waterfront promenade, known as the Malecón, runs along the edge of the reservoir. It’s a popular spot for leisurely strolls, where visitors can enjoy views of the water and the colorful houses lining the streets. The Malecón is also home to several restaurants, cafes, and handicraft shops, making it a lively and charming area to explore.

Cartagena

In terms of tourism, Cartagena is probably the most important Colombian city after Bogota. It is the capital of the Bolivar department on the north coast of Colombia. The average temperature is 32°C (89°F), so the climate is hot but windy as it is at sea level.

Over 500 years of history can be found here, proof of that is that Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Its perfect location directly on the Caribbean Sea and its beautiful colonial old town (Ciudad Amurallada) enchant national and international tourists, who can also travel there by cruise ship.

In the historical center, you will find many attractions featuring the famous Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, boutique hotels and restaurants. The walled city is also known as a popular honeymoon destination for the romance of its streets and architecture.

Rosario Islands

The Rosario Islands, also called “Islas del Rosario” locally, are a group of idyllic and paradisiacal islands in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia.

This archipelago is famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, coral reefs and diverse marine life, making it a desirable destination for beach lovers and snorkelers. In fact, it is part of the Rosario and San Bernardo Coral National Park, established to protect the region’s valuable marine ecosystems. The coral reefs are teeming with colorful marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles and rays.

The Rosario Islands offer a true Caribbean paradise experience with their white sandy beaches, palm-fringed shores and warm tropical waters. The islands are an escape from the busy city life of Cartagena and offer a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

Isla Grande is the largest and most popular island in the archipelago. It offers various accommodation options, restaurants and beach clubs, so it is an ideal base point for exploring the area. The Rosario Islands are easily accessible from Cartagena and many tour operators offer day trips and excursions to the islands.

Golf courses of the Colombia Golf Trip

Golf courses in Bogota

La Cima Golf Club, La Calera

Website: https://www.clubdegolflacima.com/

Location: Km 13 via Bogotá – La Calera
Altitude: 3,000 meters above sea level (9,842 feet asl)
Average temperature: 5 – 17º Celsius (41 – 63º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 50 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

Located in the municipality of La Calera on the eastern hills of Bogotá, La Cima Golf Club is one of the best and few public golf courses in Colombia.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Bentgrass – Poa
  • Length: 6,089 yards
  • Designer: Boris Sokoloff
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf Cart: No
  • Rental Equipment: Yes

San Andrés Golf Club, Funza

Website: http://sanandresgolfclub.com/

Location: Cl. 15 #24 – 80, Funza , Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2,548 meters above sea level (8,359 feet asl)
Average temperature: 6 – 20º Celsius (43 – 68º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 1 hour 20 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The San Andrés Golf Club is located in western Bogotá. It preserves Scottish architecture and is one of the oldest golf courses in Colombia. The club also has one of the few 18-hole children’s golf courses.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Green: Poa
  • Length: 7,145 yards
  • Designer: Thompson & Jones
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf carts: Only in exceptional cases
  • Rental equipment: Limited

Golf courses in Medellin

Club El Rodeo, Medellín

Website: http://www.clubelrodeo.co/

Location: Avenida 80, Calle 2 Sur # 65 – 535, Medellín, Antioquia
Altitude: 1,550 meters above sea level (5,085 feet asl)
Average temperature: 18–30º Celsius (64–86° Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 15 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The exclusive El Rodeo Club features an 18-hole golf course with high biodiversity, unique landscapes and a driving range. On this course, you have to be prepared for low-lying aircraft, as the place is in the approach path of the city airport. However, as it is a domestic airport, the flight frequency is low and most aircraft are propeller-driven.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Tifgreen 328
    • Green: Bermuda Tid Dwarf
  • Length: 8,808 yards
  • Designer: Canadian Golf Landscaping
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf Cart: Yes
  • Rental Equipment: Limited 

Golf Club La Macarena

Website: None

Location: Calle 41 # 33 – 595, Rionegro, Antioquia
Altitude: 2,100 meters above sea level (6,890 feet asl)
Average temperature: 14–22º Celsius (57–72º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 45 minutes by car
On-site hotel: No
On-site restaurant: Yes

In La Macarena golf course, obstacles such as bunkers, large lakes and trees are strategically placed.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Tifgreen 328
    • Green: Bermuda Tid Dwarf
  • Length: 6,792 yards
  • Designer: Mark Mahannah
  • Caddy: Yes
  • Golf Cart: Yes
  • Rental Equipment: Limited

Llanogrande Country Club, Rionegro

Website: http://www.clubcampestre.co/deportes/golf/

Location: Vereda Cabeceras, Rionegro, Antioquia
Altitude: 2,150 meters above sea level (7,053 feet asl)
Average temperature: 14–22º Celsius (57 – 72º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 45 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: Yes
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The Llanogrande Country Club, on the outskirts of the capital of Antioquia, in the municipality of Rionegro, is an excellent option to practice sports and spend a relaxing time away from the city noise. The club not only offers accommodation in its own hotel, local and international cuisine and relaxation rooms, but also has facilities for 12 different sports.

For golf lovers, the club offers an 18-hole course with excellent technical conditions, as well as another 9-hole course in the Medellin headquarters.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo – Trenza
    • Green: Bent grass
  • Length: 7,022 yards
  • Designer: Jaime & Rafael Villegas
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf Cart: No
  • Rental equipment: no

Golf Courses in Cartagena

Karibana Golf Club Resort

Website: https://www.karibanaclub.com.co/

Location: Km 12 Anillo Vial, via Barranquilla, Cartagena
Altitude: 2 meters above sea level (6.5 feet asl)
Average temperature: 24 – 31º Celsius (75 – 88º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 35 minutes by car to old town Onsite
Onsite hotel: Yes
Onsite restaurant: Yes

Nestled between native forest and the beautiful Caribbean beach, the Karibana hotel and golf club is definitely one of the best golf courses in Colombia. The golf course was home to the first Cartagena de Indias at the Karibana Championship (part of the PGA-sanctioned Web.com Tour) in 2015 and the 2019 Colombian Open.

On the first 9 holes, there are 6 artificial lakes surrounded by forests and wide fairways, while the remaining 9 holes offer sea views and require greater effort due to the wind, plus around 135 bunkers. To cool off in the warm climate characteristic of the region, beverage carts drive around the course offering cold beverages to athletes.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Bent
    • Green: Bent
  • Length: 7,065 yards
  • Designer: Nicklaus Design
  • Caddy: No
  • Golf Cart: Yes – With GPS
  • Rental Equipment: Yes

Cartagena Country Club

Website: https://www.clubcampestredecartagena.com/ Facebook

Location: Kilometer 1 via Turbaco, sector Puente Honda
Altitude: 5 meters above sea level (16.4 feet asl)
Average temperature: 24 – 31º Celsius (75 – 88º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 55 minutes by car Onsite
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The Cartagena Country Club was originally founded in 1933 by 57 residents of the Caribbean city, members of the initiative of the Andean National Corporation. Here, members, their families and guests can enjoy social and sporting activities in an exclusive atmosphere on the outskirts of the community.

The club has an 18-hole golf course that hosts various tournaments such as the Ryder Cup, the Cartagena de Indias International Children’s and Youth Tournament, the Fedgolf Cup and its own amateur tournament.

  • Holes: 18
  • Score: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Green: Bermuda Tif Dwarf
  • Length: 6,901 yards
  • Designer: Rafael and Jaime Villegas
  • Caddy: Yes
  • Golf Cart: Yes
  • Rental equipment: No

Detailed Colombia Golf Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Bogota

Arrival in Bogota

You will be picked up at the airport in Bogota and driven to your hotel. The bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the airport exit.

Accommodation

Here you will find the best hotel recommendations in Bogota.

Day 2: Bogota – La Cima Golf Course – Bogota

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

La Cima golf course

Tee time: 09:30

Then return to the hotel.

Day 3: Bogota

Full-day city tour of Paloquemao, Monserrate, Museums and La Candelaria

Your first stop is Paloquemao, an iconic place for catering to families and businesses in Bogota. The market offers a wide range of flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat, groceries, dairy products, herbs and much more and the opportunity to taste and learn about fresh fruit juices.

Then visit the “La Candelaria” district and the historic center of Bogota with its colorful colonial buildings and stone streets. During the tour, you will visit the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum, both in La Candelaria.

The Gold Museum is where you can discover the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic goldsmith’s art, with around 34,000 pieces of gold and around 25,000 objects in ceramic, stone, bone and textile made by several Colombian indigenous cultures. This museum is closed on Tuesdays.

In the Botero Museum, you will find a large art collection donated by the famous local artist Fernando Botero, including 87 universal works of art and 123 works created by Botero himself. Works by international artists such as Renoir, Monet, Degas, Dalí, Pissarro, Bonnard and others are represented in the museum.

Finally, visit the Sanctuary of Monserrate, the city’s symbol and main tourist attraction. The summit is 3,150 meters (10,334 feet) above sea level and therefore offers spectacular views of the city. To climb the mountain, you can take the cable car or walk up the hiking trail.

Day 4: Bogota – Bogota Golf Course – Bogota

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

Golf course in Bogota

Tee time: 09:30

Then return to the hotel.

Day 5: Bogota – Guatavita – Zipaquira – Bogota

Full day tour Guatavita Lagoon and Salt Cathedral

The Guatavita Lagoon is located approximately 90 minutes from Bogotá. This lagoon is the setting for the authentic “El Dorado Legend”. It was a sacred place for the Muiscas indigenous people and it is still used as such today. Guatavita has an altitude of 3.100 meters above sea level (10.170 feet) and an average temperature of 5 °C to 11 °C (41° F to 52 °F). To get to the lagoon you must walk a path and due to the rainfall, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and keeping a raincoat on hand.

After the visit to Guatavita, you will go to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá – the first wonder of Colombia, which is located in a salt mine 180 meters underground. It is a place regularly visited by Catholics, but its architecture and history leave all visitors astonished.

Day 6: Bogota – San Andres Funza Golf Course – Bogota

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

San Andres Golf Course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 7: Bogota – Medellin

Travel day

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

Flight to Medellin.

Arrive in Medellin

You will be picked up at the airport in Medellin and driven to your hotel. The bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the airport exit.

Accommodation

Here you will find the best hotel recommendations in Medellin.

Day 8: Medellin – El Rodeo Golf Course – Medellin

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

El Rodeo Golf Course

Tee time: 09:15

Then return to the hotel.

Day 9: Medellin – Guatape – Medellin

Full day tour to Guatapé and El Peñol

Approximately two hours away from Medellin is Guatapé, one of the most colorful villages in the country. The town is located on the shore of an artificial water reservoir built in the 70s. One of the main attractions in the area is the big rock called “El Peñol” because it offers a beautiful view of the reservoir. However, if you want to get to the top you must climb the 740 steps. The best reward after climbing down the rock is a typical “bandeja paisa”, served in the local restaurants. Visitors in Guatapé can practice water sports, such as jet skiing, fishing, among others.

Day 10: Medellin – Campestre Golf Course Rionegro — Medellin

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

Golf course Campestre

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 11: Medellin

Free day

Day 12: Medellin – La Macarena Golf Course Rionegro – Medellin

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

La Macarena Golf Course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 13: Medellin – Cartagena

Travel day

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

Flight to Cartagena.

Arrival in Cartagena

You will be picked up at the airport in Cartagena and driven to your hotel. The bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the airport exit.

Accommodation

Here you will find the best hotel recommendations in Cartagena.

Day 14: Cartagena – Campestre Golf Course – Cartagena

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

Campestre golf course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 15: Cartagena – Karibana Golf Course – Cartagena

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

Karibana golf course

Tee time: 09:30

Then return to the hotel.

Day 16: Cartagena

Private Boat Tour to Rosario Islands

The driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the pier. There you will embark on a tour of the Rosario Islands, an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea made up of 28 islands. The natural national park was established to protect one of the most important coral reefs on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. From Cartagena, the boat trip takes about 45 minutes.

During the private boat excursion to the islands, you will be taken care of by the captain and an assistant. Cold drinks and delicious snacks round off the view of the blue sea perfectly. You can explore the beaches and islands at your leisure or pursue other activities.

Day 17: Cartagena – Departure

Departure

Today is the last day of your trip. Depending on the departure time, a vehicle will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.

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Frank

Frank

Hello! I'm Frank Spitzer, the founder and the heart behind Pelecanus, a specialized tour operator for Colombia travel. My journey in travel is vast and rich – I've explored over 60 countries, absorbing cultures, experiences, and stories along the way. Since 2017, I've been channeling this wealth of global experience into creating unforgettable travel experiences in Colombia. I'm recognized as a leading authority in Colombian tourism, with a deep-seated passion for sharing this beautiful country with the world. You can catch glimpses of my travel adventures and insights around Colombia on my YouTube channel. I'm also active on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, where I share the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Colombia. For professional networking, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Join me on this incredible journey, and let's explore the wonders of Colombia together!

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