26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 4 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Salento
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Salento
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Islas de Rosario
Ferry
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Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive
8
Barranquilla
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9
Santa Marta
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10
Tayrona National Park
— 4 nights
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11
Cabo de La Vela
— 1 night
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Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta
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Bogota
— 1 night
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Bogota — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bolivar Square as well as Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Barrio La Candelaria. It doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Salento.
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Salento — 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You've now added Coffee & Tea Tours to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in July, with highs in Salento at 34°C and lows at 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Salento.
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Salento — 1 night

Father of Quindio

You've now added Jardin Botanico del Quindio to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico del Quindio.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Salento trip itinerary planning website.

On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Medellin.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plaza Botero, Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour and Jardin Botanico de Medellin. Get some cultural insight at Pueblito Paisa and Museum Pablo Escobar. Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away.

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Traveling by flight from Salento to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for 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.
You've now added Barrio Getsemani to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Getsemani.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in July, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Islas de Rosario.
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Islas de Rosario

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Islas de Rosario journey builder.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 1 night

City of Heroes

Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Barranquilla.
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Barranquilla

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Malecon Leon Caridi. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Malecon Leon Caridi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barranquilla trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Barranquilla sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta

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 13th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip planner.

Getting from Barranquilla to Santa Marta by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 4 nights

Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Cabo de La Vela.
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Cabo de La Vela — 1 night

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cabo de La Vela road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Cabo de La Vela in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Tayrona National Park on the 18th (Mon).
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Tayrona National Park — 3 nights

On the 19th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cabo de La Vela to Tayrona National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta

America's Pearl

Parque de Los Novios has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.
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Bogota — 1 night

Athens of South America

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Bta Capital.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in July, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 21°C and 10°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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