22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Drive
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Salento
— 1 night
Fly
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Monteria
— 1 night
Drive
4
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Palomino
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Valledupar
— 1 night
Drive
8
Mompos
— 1 night
Drive
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Covenas
— 3 nights
Drive to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Fly to Medellin

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Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento trip planner.

Popayan to Salento is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Popayan in November, you will find days in Salento are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Guarne (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and get engrossed in the history at Museum Pablo Escobar.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Monteria.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Monteria

— 1 night

City of the Swallows

The capital of the Department of Cordoba, Monteria benefits from an eclectic cultural heritage, with indigenous peoples, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and Arab immigrants among the populace of 1 million.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Alamedas Centro Comercial.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteria online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Monteria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in November: high temperatures in Monteria hover around 38°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Monteria

Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
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Cartagena

— 5 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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena online trip builder.

Getting from Monteria to Cartagena by car takes about 4.5 hours. November in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online route builder.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Palomino on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

Palomino

— 3 nights
Take a break from Palomino with a short trip to Camellon de Riohacha in Riohacha, about 1h 30 min away.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Palomino trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Palomino takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Valledupar.

Things to do in Palomino

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Valledupar

— 1 night

City of the Holy Kings of Valledupar

Between the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serrania del Perija, Valledupar has become known as the home of Vallenato music, a distinctive style of song performed with an accordion, caja (a small drum), and a guacharaca (a percussive, scraping instrument).
On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Balneario Hurtado.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Valledupar tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Palomino to Valledupar takes 4.5 hours. November in Valledupar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mompos.

Things to do in Valledupar

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

Mompos

— 1 night

City of God

Perched on an island at the confluence of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers, Mompos offers a charming blend of historical architecture and traditional Colombian culture.
On the 24th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Santa Cruz de Mompox.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Mompos trip planner.

You can drive from Valledupar to Mompos in 4 hours. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Covenas.
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

Covenas

— 3 nights
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. On the 25th (Thu), head outdoors with Covenas Diving Co.. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa la Coquerita and then stroll through Cienaga la Caimanera.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Covenas online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mompos to Covenas in 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Covenas can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Covenas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.