30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Cali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Riohacha
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cabo de La Vela
— 6 nights
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Cali

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, look for all kinds of wild species at Andoke, and then admire the striking features of Edificio Otero.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cali trip maker app.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiport is Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport. In November in Cali, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Montenegro

— 2 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico del Quindio and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Montenegro trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Cali to Montenegro in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Montenegro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Salento attractions planner.

You can drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Medellin planner.

Fly from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

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You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in November: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

Santa Marta

— 2 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cristal.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Riohacha.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Riohacha

— 5 nights
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Change things up with these side-trips from Riohacha: Flamingo Azul (in Mayapo) and Playas de Palomino (in Palomino). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, make a trip to Camellon de Riohacha, get outside with Santuario de fauna y flora los flamencos, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Holistico Riohacha.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Riohacha day trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Riohacha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cabo de La Vela.

Things to do in Riohacha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 23:

Cabo de La Vela

— 6 nights
Go for a jaunt from Cabo de La Vela to Uribia to see Parque Eolico about 38 minutes away.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cabo de La Vela trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Riohacha to Cabo de La Vela takes 3 hours. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo de La Vela

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 29:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.