32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
3
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
4
Guatape
— 3 nights
5
Medellin
— 4 nights
6
Salento
— 3 nights
7
Bogota
— 4 nights
8
Villavicencio
— 2 nights
9
San Andres Island
— 6 nights

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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

Before you visit Cartagena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Cartagena at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Minca (Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and kick back and relax at Cristal Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta online attractions planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Minca, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tayrona National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Guatape.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches

3
nights
Guatape

Guatape ©
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.
Step out of Guatape to go to Marinilla and see Casa de la cultura y turismo, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol, head outdoors with ALTITUDE, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and make a trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Guatape road trip planning app.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Guatape in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in January, things will get much colder in Guatape: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Casa de la cultura y turismo, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Parque Comfama ©
Parque Comfama

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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, push the limits with medellin 2000m DESCENT, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip tool.

Traveling by car from Guatape to Medellin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatape in January: high temperatures in Medellin hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salento: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento driving holiday website.

You can fly from Medellin to Salento in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Salento, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Los Nevados National Park, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

4
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 Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), catch some excitement at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of from Salento to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Bogota is slightly colder than Salento - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Villavicencio.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide, Laguna de Guatavita
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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 (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Canocristales_la_macarena and then get outside with Mirador la Piedra del Amor. On the next day, stroll around Parque las Malocas, thentry for a hole-in-one at VillaGolf Minigolf y Centro de Entrenamiento, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Primavera Urbana.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Villavicencio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Bogota to Villavicencio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Villavicencio to be much hotter, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Parks Nature Shopping
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Parque las Malocas ©
Parque las Malocas
Mirador la Piedra del Amor ©
Mirador la Piedra del Amor
VillaGolf Minigolf y Centro de Entrenamiento ©

6
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: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, make a trip to Rocky Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip builder tool.

You can fly from Villavicencio to San Andres Island in 6 hours. In January, daytime highs in San Andres Island are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mare
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Scuba & Snorkeling

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