34 days in Colombia Itinerary

34 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia visit planner

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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Bus
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Villavicencio
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 2 nights
Taxi to San Jose del Guaviare, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive
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Covenas
— 1 night
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 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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Bucaramanga
— 1 night
Fly

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Medellin

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Piedra Del Penol and Zipline. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll around Centro Cultural Moravia, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Medellin trip builder app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Medellin. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of the city life by going to Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Valle del Cocora. Go for a jaunt from Salento to La Estrella to see Los Nevados National Park about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva La Rivera, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora, and browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Salento holiday planner.

Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Salento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Cali

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Andoke and Trip Trip. Step out of Cali to go to Palmira and see Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, get your bearings at Valle del Pacifico Centro de Eventos, and appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cali trip planner.

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cali are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip builder tool.

You can fly from Cali to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in October, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Villavicencio.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Villavicencio

— 2 nights

Villavo

In the foothills of the Andes, Villavicencio vacations focus primarily on the surrounding natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Canocristales_la_macarena. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa baniwa and then take a peaceful walk through Vereda El carmen.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Villavicencio day trip planning tool.

Getting from Bogota to Villavicencio by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Bogota in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Villavicencio: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to La Macarena.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

La Macarena

— 2 nights
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
On the 14th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Raudales Rio Guayabero, explore the activities along Cano Cristales, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Macarena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Villavicencio to La Macarena takes 8.5 hours. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to San Andres Island.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Johnny Cay and La Piscinita. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Caribe Extremo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Macarena to San Andres Island in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Isla Baru trip site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Isla Baru in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Covenas.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Covenas travel route planner.

You can drive from Isla Baru to Covenas in 4 hours. In October in Covenas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Covenas

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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Cartagena

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cartagena holiday planner.

You can drive from Covenas to Cartagena in 3 hours. In October in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Santa Marta

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Caribe Colombiano Diving and El Dorado Bird Reserve. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and walk around Parque de Los Novios.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online route maker.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Bucaramanga

— 1 night

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bucaramanga trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Bucaramanga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in October, expect Bucaramanga to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
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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.