32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour planner
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Covenas
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Salento
— 4 nights
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Armenia
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
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Cartagena — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Covenas.
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Covenas — 1 night

Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): head outdoors with Covenas Diving Co..

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Covenas trip builder website.

Getting from Cartagena to Covenas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Covenas, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 3 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.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll through Playa Cristal, take in the architecture and design of Universidad del Magdalena, and don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta route maker site.

Traveling by car from Covenas to Santa Marta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

On the 25th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park online attractions planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Salento.
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Salento — 4 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Disco y la Musica, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Salento trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In December, Salento is little chillier than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Armenia.
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Armenia — 2 nights

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 30th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and then head outdoors with Parque de la Vida.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Armenia road trip planner.

You can drive from Salento to Armenia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.
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Bogota — 4 nights

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira), Museo Aeroespacial Fuerza Aerea Colombiana (in Tocancipa) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada de Bogota, take a stroll through Parque 93, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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

Getting from Armenia to Bogota by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Armenia in December, expect Bogota to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.
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Medellin — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Medellin holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 6 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

Discover how to plan a San Andres Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in January, San Andres Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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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