25 days in Colombia Itinerary

25 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 1 day
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Salento
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Salento
— 8 nights
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Jardin
— 2 nights
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Nuqui
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Bogota — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Bogota at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Salento.
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Salento — 8 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia del Carmen and Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Chorros de Don Lolo. Venture out of the city with trips to Ibague (Centro Comercial Multicentro Ibague, Universidad del Tolima, &more), Quimbaya (Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose & Balsaje la Berraquera) and Filandia (El Palacio del Barbas & Plazoleta de los Toldos). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, and take in the pleasant sights at Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Salento online journey maker.

You can fly from Bogota to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Salento to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Jardin.
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Jardin — 2 nights

El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gallito de Roca Preserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Cristo Rey, and finally don't miss a visit to Principal Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jardin day trip planning app.

Drive from Salento to Jardin in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nuqui.
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Nuqui — 1 night

Nuquí is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Jovi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nuqui road trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jardin to Nuqui. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Jardin in August since evenings lows in Nuqui dip to 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.
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Medellin — 3 nights

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 medellin 2000m DESCENT and Centro Comercial Santafé. Get some historical perspective at Cementerio Jardines Montesacro and Iglesia San José del Poblado. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, head outdoors with Parque El Salado, grab your bike and head to Ciclovia, and gain insight with Camantours.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Medellin tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Nuqui to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nuqui in August, Medellin is much colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 4 nights

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Cristal and El Dorado Bird Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Nabusimake. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Marta online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in August, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 4 nights

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.
Head to La Casa del Joyero and Nara Antique Decoracionesfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Blanca and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Centro Historico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough 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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