29 days in Colombia Itinerary

29 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia visit planner

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 1 night
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Cali
— 4 nights
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Bogota
— 5 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Salento
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Salento
— 3 nights
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Guatape
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Cartagena

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Plaza de San Diego. Spend a day outdoors on the 14th (Thu) with Bomba Beach Club. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Centro Historico, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Getsemani, make a trip to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, and see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Andres Island

— 1 night
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Spratt Bight, head outdoors with Aquanautas, and then explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. While traveling from Cartagena, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Cali

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia and Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, contemplate the waterfront views at Pance River, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cali road trip app.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cali when traveling from San Andres Island in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Bogota

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Nacional de Colombia and Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Parque 93, examine the collection at Planetarium of Bogota, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and get advice or help at Biblioteca Virgilio.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Cali to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in July, you will find days in Bogota are colder (21°C), and nights are slightly colder (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coffee & Tea Tours and Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Salento trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Bogota to Salento in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Salento reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Guatape.

Things to do in Salento

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Guatape

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Guatape Motos. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Guatape Dam, stop by Esencia del Sol, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania, and get outside with ALTITUDE.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Guatape trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Guatape takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salento in July, expect Guatape to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Medellin

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Arvi and Museo de Antioquia. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, take an in-depth tour of Museum Pablo Escobar, and don't miss a visit to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Medellin visit planner.

Traveling by car from Guatape to Medellin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in August, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Santa Marta

— 3 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 discover tucked-away gems like Playa Cristal and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and walk around Parque de Los Novios.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in August: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.