36 days in Colombia Itinerary

36 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 3 nights
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
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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.
Santa Marta is known for beaches, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad del Magdalena, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta road trip app.

Detroit, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit in March, expect Santa Marta to be much warmer, temps between 93°F and 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Tayrona National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): stroll through Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. March in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can fly to Salento.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and experience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Salento trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, Salento is slightly colder than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Montenegro

— 2 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Globos Colombia and then make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Montenegro trip planner.

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in April, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bogota

— 4 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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, make a trip to Bolivar Square, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and look for gifts at Bta Capital.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bogota road trip tool.

You can fly from Montenegro to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Montenegro in April, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 67°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Medellin

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Medellin at 82°F and lows at 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 6 nights
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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and identify plant and animal life at Blue Life Centro de Buceo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Medellin in April, with lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Isla Baru

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 21st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Isla Baru trip planning site.

Fly from San Andres Island to Isla Baru in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Sat), head outdoors with IslaBela. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario and then head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Islas de Rosario tour itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Isla Baru to Islas de Rosario with the Route module. April in Islas de Rosario sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Cartagena

— 6 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.