11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Pereira
1
Pereira
— 1 day
2
Pereira
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Manizales
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
End: Pereira

1
day
Pereira

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Pereira online tour planner .

If you are flying in from Aruba, the closest major airports are El Dorado International Airport, Jose Maria C√≥rdova International Airport and Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Pereira are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pereira.

Things to do in Pereira

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Coffee & Tea Tours

2
nights
Pereira

On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Filandia Centro Artesanal, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Matecana City Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pereira route maker .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Montenegro.

Things to do in Pereira

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Salento, Maderitas Jugueteria
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Plaza de Bolivar ©
Plaza de Bolivar

2
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
You've now added Parque del Cafe to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, then head outdoors with Globos Colombia, and then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua and then get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Montenegro online travel planner .

You can take a bus from Pereira to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Montenegro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua ©
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 18th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, take some stellar pictures from Cerro Nutibara, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin vacation maker app .

Getting from Montenegro to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Manizales is known for historic sites, nature, parks, fun & games, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Nevado del Ruiz, admire the natural beauty at Recinto del Pensamiento, take some stellar pictures from Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Colonizadores.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manizales trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Manizales takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect nights in Manizales to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Manizales

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nevado del Ruiz ©
Nevado del Ruiz
Catedral de Manizales ©
Catedral de Manizales
Recinto del Pensamiento ©
Recinto del Pensamiento