49 days in Colombia Itinerary

49 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 4 nights
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Armenia
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 5 nights
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Manizales
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 6 nights
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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
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Islas de Rosario
— 3 nights
Drive to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Fly to Geneva

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Las Bovedas, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Geneva, Switzerland to Cartagena is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Geneva, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada). Spend the 12th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and appreciate the history behind Monumento Tayrona.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 2 nights

On the 16th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Desal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, stop by Barrio La Candelaria, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota road trip planning app.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in August, expect Bogota to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cali.
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Cali — 4 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.
When in Cali, make a side trip to see Museo Aereo Fenix in Palmira, approximately Palmira away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, surround yourself with nature on Mariposario Andoke, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cali day trip tool.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bogota in August, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Cali: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Armenia.
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Armenia — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Armenia side-trips: La Divisa De Don Juan SAS (in Pereira), Cascadas del Rio Verde (in Cordoba) and Parque del Cafe (in Montenegro). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

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You can drive from Cali to Armenia in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) 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.
Step out of Salento to go to Filandia and see Finca Tematica La Divisa, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and walk around Plaza de Bolivar Salento.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Salento trip site.

Getting from Armenia to Salento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Manizales.
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Manizales — 3 nights

A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Step out of Manizales with an excursion to Finca Del Cafe in Santa Rosa de Cabal--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Manizales Cathedral, experience rural life at Cafe Tio Conejo, and relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Love Colombia.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manizales holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Salento to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salento in September, expect nights in Manizales to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 6 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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, see the interesting displays at Museum Pablo Escobar, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip site.

You can fly from Manizales to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manizales in September: highs in Medellin hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can 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, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Islas de Rosario.
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Islas de Rosario — 3 nights

On the 20th (Tue), spend a day among the vivid marine life at IslaBela.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Islas de Rosario road trip planning app.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Islas de Rosario in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time 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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