16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Pasto
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Guatape
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
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Bogota — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Original Bogota Graffiti Tour, Parque 93, Bolivar Square, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Sun), gain a rich perspective with The Original Bogota Graffiti Tour, then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Parque 93. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Arzobispal, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bogota is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bogota, with lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Pasto on the 3rd (Tue).
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Pasto — 2 nights

Surprise City

Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Centro historico de Pasto. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary and then contemplate the waterfront views at La Laguna de la Cocha.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pasto trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bogota to Pasto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bogota in January: highs in Pasto hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You'll set off for Salento on the 5th (Thu).
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Salento — 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You've now added Mirador Colina Iluminada to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mirador Colina Iluminada. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salento tour itinerary site.

Fly from Pasto to Salento in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Pasto, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Salento, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Guatape.
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Guatape — 2 nights

On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get out on two wheels at Guatape Motos and then explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Guatape online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Guatape takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salento in January, expect Guatape to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Marta.
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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.
You've now added Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta day trip planning website.

Getting from Guatape to Santa Marta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Guatape, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cartagena.
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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.
You've now added Tours in Rosario islands to your itinerary. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Torre del Reloj are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena and make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo.

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Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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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