57 days in Colombia Itinerary

57 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Cartagena
— 7 nights
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Islas de Rosario
— 4 nights
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
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San Andres Island
— 8 nights
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 5 nights
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Armenia
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 5 nights
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Guatape
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 6 nights
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Bogota
— 7 nights
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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.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

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Paris, France to Santa Marta is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Paris to Santa Marta due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park day trip app.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 7 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Islas de Rosario.
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Islas de Rosario — 4 nights

On the 5th (Sun), spend a day among the vivid marine life at IslaBela.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Islas de Rosario journey planner.

You can ride a ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario in 2 hours. June in Islas de Rosario sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Baru.
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Isla Baru — 1 night

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Isla Baru day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Islas de Rosario to Isla Baru. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 8 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, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island visit planner.

Fly from Isla Baru to San Andres Island in 4 hours. June in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Providencia Island.
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Providencia Island — 2 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cali.
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Cali — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to El Nilo Pance (in Pance), Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga) and Museo Aereo Fenix (in Palmira). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Mariposario Andoke, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque El Descanso, indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Bodega El Parque, and stop by Barrio San Antonio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cali trip site.

Traveling by flight from Providencia Island to Cali takes 6 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in June, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Cali. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Armenia.
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Armenia — 3 nights

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
Explore Armenia's surroundings by going to Parque del Cafe (in Montenegro) and Coffee & Tea Tours (in Pereira). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Armenia online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cali to Armenia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Armenia are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salento.
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Salento — 5 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from Salento with a short trip to Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Fotografia Palma y Niebla, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Salento road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Armenia to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Salento, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Guatape.
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Guatape — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Guatape side-trips: Esparta tour Marinilla (in Marinilla) and Balneario La Cazuela (in San Rafael). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol, get outside with ALTITUDE, get to know the fascinating history of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, and go for a stroll along the water at Lanchivas.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Guatape tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Guatape takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salento in June, expect Guatape to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Medellin.
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Medellin — 6 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Guarne to see Off-Road Tours about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Medellin route planner.

Getting from Guatape to Medellin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Guatape in July; daily highs in Medellin reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Bogota.
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Bogota — 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bogota online visit planner.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Medellin in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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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