30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  16 h
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Budapest

3
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 05 min away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo.

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Budapest, Hungary to Cartagena is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Colombia Time is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Budapest, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

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
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

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

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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

Plan my day in San Andres Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in June, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

3
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo, see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, get to know the resident critters at El Refugio Foundation, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cali day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cali when traveling from San Andres Island in June, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Camino Real
Highlights from your plan
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Salento is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, take a spin around town with Bike Tours, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salento online holiday builder.

You can drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Salento sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montenegro: Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia), Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). There's lots more to do: get outside with Globos Colombia, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, Los Nevados National Park
Highlights from your plan
Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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, look for gifts at Evok, see Off-Road Tours, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Vitrina Guayca, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in June: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima, Laguna de Guatavita, 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 ©

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