36 days in Colombia Itinerary

36 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia journey planner

Make it your trip
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Cali
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Covenas
— 1 night
Drive to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, identify plant and animal life at Trip Trip, and admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cali trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cali is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Cali hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montenegro holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Cali to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 12th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Salento in October, with highs in Tayrona National Park at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada in Minca--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Cristal, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta route site.

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

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.
Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and examine the collection at Choco Museo.

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You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Covenas.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:

Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. On the 21st (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Covenas trip tool.

You can drive from Cartagena to Covenas in 3 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 21st (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Covenas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, see some colorful creatures with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa, and stroll through La Piscinita.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Covenas to San Andres Island. October in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:

Medellin

— 5 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, identify plant and animal life at Aquarius Diving Club, take an in-depth tour of Museum Pablo Escobar, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip builder website.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in October, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:

Bogota

— 5 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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Desal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and stop by Bta Capital.

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Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in October, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

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.