43 days in Colombia Itinerary

43 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 5 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Bucaramanga
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 4 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, examine the collection at Choco Museo, steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Islas de Rosario.
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Islas de Rosario — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at IslaBela. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario and then head outdoors with Bendita Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Islas de Rosario online holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.
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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 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Islas de Rosario to Isla Baru. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 7 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) 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, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in November, with highs in Medellin at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly 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 17th (Thu), head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies and then make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera). On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montenegro trip itinerary website.

Getting from Medellin to Montenegro by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Montenegro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Salento.
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Salento — 5 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's much more to do: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salento tour planner.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.
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Bogota — 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Centro Comercial La Casona de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more), Museo Aeroespacial Fuerza Aerea Colombiana (in Tocancipa) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Muzem Emeralds, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota route builder website.

You can fly from Salento to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Salento in November, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bucaramanga.
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Bucaramanga — 3 nights

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Change things up with a short trip to Casona El Tabacal in Piedecuesta (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Juan Bautista, walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, get outside with Club Campestre Bucaramanga, and contemplate the long history of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga travel route planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Bucaramanga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in November: high temperatures in Bucaramanga hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Bucaramanga to Tayrona National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bucaramanga in December, with highs in Tayrona National Park at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.
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Highlights from your trip

Santa Marta — 4 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 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cristal.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Marta tour app.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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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