19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

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19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally go for a walk through Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Cartagena reach 91°F and lows reach 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Andres Island, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Zipaquira (Catedral Diocesana, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the architecture and design of Colegio Mayor San Bartolome, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota online travel planner .

Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in August, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 66°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento tour planner.

Getting from Bogota to Salento by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Salento: highs are around 85°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Montenegro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Highlights from your plan
Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

4
nights
Medellin

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get your game on at Bubble Foot Medellin, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Medellin travel site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Medellin are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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