26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
3
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
4
Bogota
— 3 nights
5
Villavicencio
— 2 nights
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
7
Medellin
— 3 nights

4
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, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Tokyo, Japan to San Andres Island is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 14 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in September, with highs in San Andres Island at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

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Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. September in Cartagena sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Parque de Los Novios, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Santa Marta sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

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
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

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You can fly from Santa Marta to Bogota in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in September, with highs in Bogota at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Villavicencio.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

2
nights
Villavicencio

Villavicencio ©
In the foothills of the Andes, Villavicencio vacations focus primarily on the surrounding natural wonders.
On the 20th (Sun), walk around Parque las Malocas, thenget outside with Bioparque Los Ocarros, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Primavera Urbana. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Mirador la Piedra del Amor, try for a hole-in-one at VillaGolf Minigolf y Centro de Entrenamiento, and then walk around Parque Fundadores.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Villavicencio holiday maker site.

You can take a bus from Bogota to Villavicencio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in September; daily highs in Villavicencio reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Outdoors Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bioparque Los Ocarros ©
Bioparque Los Ocarros
VillaGolf Minigolf y Centro de Entrenamiento ©
Mirador la Piedra del Amor ©
Mirador la Piedra del Amor

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Salento (Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, Bosques de Cocora, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Globos Colombia, don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, and find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montenegro travel route planner.

You can fly from Villavicencio to Montenegro in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Villavicencio in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Montenegro, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Salento, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

3
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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, stop by Duna Store, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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