60 days in Colombia & Venezuela Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Venezuela Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 7 nights
Fly to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Drive to Palmira
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Palmira, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Salento, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Fly to Cucuta, Drive to San Antonio del Táchira, Bus to Merida
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Merida, Venezuela
— 4 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 6 nights
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Coro, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Chichiriviche, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Fly to Sotavento, Fly to Margarita Island
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 5 nights

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Cartagena, Colombia — 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Bendita Beach (in Islas de Rosario) and Playa Blanca (in Isla Baru). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena travel planner.

Asuncion, Paraguay to Cartagena is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Asuncion in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia del Cove, head outdoors with Caribe Extremo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Palmira.
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Palmira, Colombia — 2 nights

University City

A pleasant city of about 250,000, Palmira is known for its fine parks and universities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): browse the different shops at Unicentro Palmira, then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga, then make a trip to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and then stop by Manjarblanco Navideno.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palmira trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Andres Island to Palmira. Traveling from San Andres Island in September, plan for little chillier nights in Palmira, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salento.
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Salento, Colombia — 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of Salento with an excursion to Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, look for gifts at Fotografia Palma y Niebla, and take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento road trip app.

You can drive from Palmira to Salento in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Palmira in September, expect nights in Salento to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Museo Aeroespacial Fuerza Aerea Colombiana (in Tocancipa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip site.

You can fly from Salento to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salento in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 6 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 sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll through Parque Arvi, take an in-depth tour of Museum Pablo Escobar, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in September, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Merida.
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Merida, Venezuela — 4 nights

City of Gentlemen

An affluent and forward-thinking Andean city, Merida gives good access to a range of outdoor sights and experiences, while itself having a bustling and entertaining urban core.
Merida is known for sightseeing, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Mucubaji, examine the collection at Museo de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Merida, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sierra Nevada, and take in the natural beauty of La Musui Aguas Termales.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Merida trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Merida by combination of flight, car, and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Canaima National Park.
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela — 6 nights

One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Mirador El Oso and take in the dramatic scenery at Sorowapo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Canaima National Park trip planning tool.

Fly from Merida to Canaima National Park in 5.5 hours. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Coro.
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Coro, Venezuela — 3 nights

The oldest city in western Venezuela, Coro was founded in 1527 and possesses a rich, varied cultural heritage.
Coro is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cruz de San Clemente, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Plaza San Clemente, see the interesting displays at Museo Guadalupano, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Medanos de Coro.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coro online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canaima National Park to Coro takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Venezuela Time (VET) is 1 hour. In October in Coro, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chichiriviche.
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Chichiriviche, Venezuela — 3 nights

When in Chichiriviche, make a side trip to see Isla Larga in Puerto Cabello, approximately Puerto Cabello away.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichiriviche trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coro to Chichiriviche takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Los Roques National Park.
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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela — 3 nights

Indulge in a relaxing, tropical vacation in Los Roques National Park, a stunning chain of more than 300 coral islands.
Los Roques National Park is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Cayo De Agua, kick back and relax at Noronky Beach, and delve into the distant past at Faro Holandes.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Roques National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Chichiriviche to Los Roques National Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Margarita Island.
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Margarita Island, Venezuela — 5 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Agua, stroll through Playa el Yaque, step into the grandiose world of Fortín La Galera, and make a trip to Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Margarita Island road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Roques National Park to Margarita Island takes 5.5 hours. In October in Margarita Island, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 5 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 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, stroll through Playa El Rodadero, and take in the architecture and design of Universidad del Magdalena.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planner.

You can fly from Margarita Island to Santa Marta in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Venezuela Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C.
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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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Venezuela travel guide

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Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.
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