24 days in Colombia Itinerary

24 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Leticia
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Armenia
— 1 night
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Buenaventura
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Climbing Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé, stroll around Parques del Rio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip maker app.

Paris, France to Medellin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Medellin to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

On the 10th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in August: high temperatures in Tayrona National Park hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Leticia.
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Leticia — 2 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Reserva Natural Tanimboca, head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos, and then walk around Parque Santander. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then admire the natural beauty at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Leticia trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Leticia in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in Leticia, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time 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.
On the 13th (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salento trip website.

You can fly from Leticia to Salento in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Leticia in August, plan for little chillier nights in Salento, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Armenia.
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Armenia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Calima, head outdoors with Parque de la Vida, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Armenia trip planning app.

Drive from Salento to Armenia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Armenia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buenaventura.
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Buenaventura — 2 nights

Buenaventura is a coastal seaport city on the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia (South America). Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cascada La Sierpe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahia Malaga.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buenaventura road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Armenia to Buenaventura takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Armenia in August, Buenaventura is much warmer at night with lows of 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cali.
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Cali — 3 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Get in touch with nature at Mariposario Andoke and Pance River. Explore hidden gems such as Cristo Rey and El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, and take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cali tour planner.

Getting from Buenaventura to Cali by car takes about 3 hours. Expect much colder evenings in Cali when traveling from Buenaventura in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Providencia Island.
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Providencia Island — 2 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Almond Bay, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence.

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

Traveling by flight from Cali to Providencia Island takes 6 hours. Traveling from Cali in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Providencia Island, with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Spratt Bight and West View. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Hill Botanical Gardens San Andrés, examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa, and head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip planner.

You can fly from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Zapatos Viejos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Colombiano Diving, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, and then see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel 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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