60 days in Colombia, Ayacucho & London Itinerary

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Medellin, Colombia
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 29 nights
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Ayacucho, Peru
— 4 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Guatape, Colombia
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Salento, Colombia
— 12 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 1 night
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— 7 nights
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Medellin, Colombia

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.
On the 6th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Colombia, the closest major aiport is Jose Maria Córdova International Airport. November in Medellin sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 29 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Minca (Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada, &more), Tayrona National Park (Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona & Playa de las 7 Olas) and Playas de Palomino (in Palomino). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Nabusimake. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, soothe aching muscles at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Santa Marta is a bit warmer than Medellin - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Ayacucho.
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Ayacucho, Peru — 4 nights

City of Churches

Ayacucho remains best known for its 33 churches, with one to represent each year of Jesus' life.
Ayacucho is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Ayacucho, admire the landmark architecture of Casona Boza y Solis, see the interesting displays at Museo Andres Avelino Caceres, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Catedral de Ayacucho.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ayacucho trip planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Ayacucho in 70 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, you will find days in Ayacucho are little chillier (29°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Toucan Coffee Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ayacucho to Medellin with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ayacucho in December since evenings lows in Medellin dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guatape.
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Guatape, Colombia

On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
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You can drive from Medellin to Guatape in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in December: high temperatures in Guatape hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. You will leave for Salento on the 14th (Wed).
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Salento, Colombia — 12 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salento: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Filandia (Mirador Colina Iluminada, Finca Tematica La Divisa, &more) and Manizales (Yoga Love Colombia & Parque Tematico Laguna Negra). Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Make the 17th (Sat) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salento road trip planner.

You can fly from Guatape to Salento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Guatape in December, with highs in Salento at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.
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Cali, Colombia — 1 night

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.
To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cali day trip app.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 7 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, admire the striking features of Tower of London, steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, and stroll around Hyde Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Cali to London takes 17 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cali to London. Traveling from Cali in December, things will get colder in London: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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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