27 days in Colombia Itinerary

27 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, Drive to San Andres
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San Andres, San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Drive to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, Fly to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
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Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Bogota — 3 nights

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 Parque de Usaquen and Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and make a trip to Bolivar Square.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bogota tour itinerary website.

Milan, Italy to Bogota is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Milan to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 3 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Parque Lleras. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Salento.
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Salento — 2 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. On your second day here, look for gifts at Plazoleta de los Toldos, relax in the rural setting at Hacienda El Sinai, and then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Leticia.
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Leticia — 2 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll around Parque Santander, see the interesting displays at Museo Etnografico, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Leticia itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Leticia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Salento in August, Leticia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres.
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San Andres, San Andres Island — 4 nights

If you're looking for sunshine, clear waters, and tropical warmth, a San Andres vacation could be just what the doctor ordered.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de Spratt Bight and Island House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, and see the vivid underwater world at West View.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Andres trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Leticia to San Andres. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Leticia in August since evenings lows in San Andres dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.
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Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Providencia Island route planning tool.

Explore your travel options from San Andres to Providencia Island with the Route module. In August in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 4 nights

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Marine World Aquarium. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, and kick back and relax at Playa Cristal.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Providencia Island to Santa Marta takes 12 hours. August in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 5 nights

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 Plaza de San Diego and Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Change things up with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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.
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