13 days in Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Drive to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Santa Marta

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta road trip tool.

Bristol, UK to Santa Marta is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 3 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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the vivid underwater world at West View.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 6.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Cali

— 1 night

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada) and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cali road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Cali. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Medellin

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): meet the residents at Parque Explora, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Arte Loft Galeria, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and then take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Cali to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cali in April, expect nights in Medellin to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Bogota

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Centro Comercial La Casona de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Medellin in April, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.