32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 5 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Salento
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, steep yourself in history at Las Bovedas, and make a trip to Torre del Reloj.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cartagena. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal, stroll through Playa Blanca, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tayrona National Park.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to 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, examine the collection at Museum Pablo Escobar, stroll through Parque Arvi, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in July, expect Medellin to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.
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Bogota — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Cafe & Guitarra (in Tabio), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, wander the streets of Parque 93, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota online travel planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in July, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salento.
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Salento — 4 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from Salento with a short trip to Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, trot along with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento sightseeing site.

Getting from Bogota to Salento by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get a bit warmer in Salento: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Montenegro.
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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.
On the 24th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies and then don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Montenegro travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.
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Cali — 2 nights

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 26th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, then get a dose of the wild on Mariposario Andoke, then see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, and finally make a trip to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Calima.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cali trip planning website.

You can drive from Montenegro to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Cali, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 5 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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cali in July since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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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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