19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia attractions planner

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Cartagena

— 3 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena road trip app.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Cartagena is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Luxembourg City to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Cartagena is much hotter than Luxembourg City - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Santa Marta

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta holiday planning tool.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. October in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Medellin

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Guarne to see Off-Road Tours about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, get engrossed in the history at Museum Pablo Escobar, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Medellin travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tayrona National Park in October, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 4 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, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, and relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in November, things will get somewhat warmer in San Andres Island: highs are around 35°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Cali

— 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali and then pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cali road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Bogota

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then make a trip to Bolivar Square. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bogota travel route planning tool.

Getting from Cali to Bogota by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cali in November, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.