18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel route planner

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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Cartagena

— 2 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner.

Lyon, France to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Lyon to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Cartagena is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tayrona National Park vacation builder app.

You can drive from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:
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Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Salento vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tayrona National Park in August; daily highs in Salento reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Bogota

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Bta Capital, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Salento to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, Bogota is slightly colder than Salento - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Medellin

— 4 nights

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll through Parque Arvi, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin vacation builder website.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in August; daily highs in Medellin reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, stroll through La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island day trip planner.

Fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in September, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.