32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Guatape
— 3 nights
Drive
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 3 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Aeropuero Int. El Dora
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Villavicencio
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
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Cartagena

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.
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 37°C and lows at 28°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 · Beaches

Side Trip

4
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Santa Marta

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Minca (Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta road trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Tayrona National Park

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

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Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°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

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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 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, head outdoors with ALTITUDE, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatape trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Guatape by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in January, things will get colder in Guatape: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°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 · Parks

Side Trips

4
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Medellin

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.
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 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Salento

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salento: Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). 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 32°C during the day and 20°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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Bogota

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) 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 fly from Salento to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, Bogota is slightly colder than Salento - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Villavicencio.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Villavicencio

Villavo

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, then try 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 fly; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Villavicencio to be much hotter, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°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 · Outdoors

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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, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.