17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Salento
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island road trip planning site .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Andres Island is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to San Andres Island is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
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 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta tour planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Santa Marta by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, you will find days in Santa Marta are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena route maker app .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, stop by Duna Store, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in January: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Montenegro trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis ©
Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento road trip site .

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region ©
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region

3
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Monserrate.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota tour builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Salento in January, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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