21 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Guatape
— 1 day
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Medellin
— 1 night
Fly
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Armenia
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi to Santa Marta, Bus to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 1 night
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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.
Medellin is known for sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, examine the collection at Museum Pablo Escobar, and walk around Parque Lleras.

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Milan, Italy to Medellin is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Medellin, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Guatape.
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Guatape — 1 day

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 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then make a trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guatape trip planning site.

You can drive from Medellin to Guatape in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Medellin in August; daily highs in Guatape reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Medellin.
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Medellin — 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

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You can drive from Guatape to Medellin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in August, expect Medellin to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. On the 8th (Tue), you're off to Armenia.
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Armenia — 4 nights

Miracle City

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Armenia side-trips: Salento (Bosques de Cocora, Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, &more) and Parque del Cafe (in Montenegro). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Calima.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Armenia trip planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Armenia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Armenia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada about 44 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque de Los Novios, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Armenia to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Armenia in August; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 3 nights

Go for a jaunt from Tayrona National Park to Minca to see Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. August in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.
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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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.
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Medellin — 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin attractions planning tool.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in August, expect Medellin to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) 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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