16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel planner

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 1 night
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip site.

Minneapolis, USA to Bogota is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in November, expect nights in Bogota to be somewhat warmer, around 48°F, while days are much hotter, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cali trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cali: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, then experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and finally take a spin around town with Bike Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Finca Tematica La Divisa, look for all kinds of wild species at El Palacio del Barbas, and then look for gifts at Maderitas Jugueteria.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Salento online vacation builder.

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Salento are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Medellin

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, stop by Monstera, walk around Parque San Antonio, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Medellin attractions planner.

Getting from Salento to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Medellin sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Theme Parks

Cartagena

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de la Trinidad and Barrio Getsemani. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at Choco Museo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Plaza Canon de Morgan, and finally head off the coast to Cayo Acuario. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, then explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and finally examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.