31 days in Vail & Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Vail & Colombia Itinerary

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Vail, United States
— 8 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Vail, United States

— 8 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Independence Pass, &more), Georgetown (Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour & Guanella Pass) and Breckenridge (Blue River Sports, Main Street, &more). There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at The Very Nice Brewing Company, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vail travel route planner.

New York City to Vail is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Vail. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Vail to be colder, temps between 34°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 18:

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Vail to San Andres Island with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vail to San Andres Island. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Vail in November, with highs in San Andres Island at 86°F and lows at 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

Cali, Colombia

— 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.
On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix and then examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with Trip Trip and then surround yourself with nature on Andoke.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cali trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cali, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Bogota, Colombia

— 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bogota road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cali in November; daily highs in Bogota reach 67°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Medellin, Colombia

— 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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, look and learn at Planetario de Medellin, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in November, things will get a bit warmer in Medellin: highs are around 80°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

— 1 night
On the 4th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park journey website.

Getting from Medellin to Tayrona National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Medellin in December, things will get a bit warmer in Tayrona National Park: highs are around 92°F and lows about 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
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Santa Marta, Colombia

— 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.
On the 5th (Sun), make a trip to Parque de Los Novios and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta route planner.

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cartagena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.