18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Barranquilla
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Guatape
— 1 night
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Villavieja
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Barranquilla — 1 night

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Mapuka, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista, then look for gifts at Evok, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Gran Malecon.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip maker site.

Warsaw, Poland to Barranquilla is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Warsaw to Barranquilla, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Warsaw in September, expect Barranquilla to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then take in the architecture and design of Universidad del Magdalena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Tayrona, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Santa Marta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then make a trip to Plaza De Los Coches, and finally steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Medellin.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Medellin — 3 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.
On the 13th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, see Off-Road Tours, and then stroll around Parque Lleras. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Medellin is a bit cooler than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Guatape.
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Guatape — 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol and then take in the dramatic natural features at Guatape Dam.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Guatape online trip builder.

You can drive from Medellin to Guatape in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in September, expect Guatape to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Salento.
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Salento — 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then look for gifts at Fotografia Palma y Niebla, and then take a spin around town with Bike Tours. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Salento online travel route planner.

Getting from Guatape to Salento by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in September, expect Salento to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Villavieja.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Villavieja — 1 night

Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): walk around Parque Tematico el Valle de la Tatacoa and then stroll through Desierto de la Tatacoa.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Villavieja trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salento to Villavieja in 7 hours. Traveling from Salento in September, things will get a bit warmer in Villavieja: highs are around 41°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bogota.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, &more) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and admire the natural beauty at Piero Jardinero.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bogota tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Villavieja to Bogota takes 6 hours. In September, Bogota is much colder than Villavieja - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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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