17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Asuncion
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Cali
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Asuncion

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cartagena online trip builder .

Asuncion, Paraguay to Cartagena is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Paraguay Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Asuncion in March since evenings lows in Cartagena dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

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

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.
On the 16th (Mon), stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

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
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, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, stroll through Playa Charquitos, and see the vivid underwater world at West View.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in March, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and enjoy some diversion at Whee Institute.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bogota route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Classes

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Duna Store, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in March, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Montenegro road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

2
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix and then identify plant and animal life at Picoloro Ecoturismo.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cali visit planner .

You can drive from Montenegro to Cali in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Cali, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Trails Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix

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