18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia attractions planner

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Fly to Jose Maria Córdova International Airport, Drive to Guatape
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Guatape
— 1 day
Drive
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly

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Guatape

— 1 day
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stop by Esencia del Sol, then get outside with ALTITUDE, and then explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatape trip itinerary builder.

Geneva, Switzerland to Guatape is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Geneva in February: high temperatures in Guatape hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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 23rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque de los Pies Descalzos, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then meet the residents at Parque Explora.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Medellin trip website.

You can drive from Guatape to Medellin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · 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 25th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, and finally stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Salento vacation planner.

Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bogota route maker app.

Getting from Salento to Bogota by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Salento in February, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to San Andres Island takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in March: highs in San Andres Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Andres Island to Santa Marta by flight takes about 6.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and head outdoors with Boats4U.

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Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours · Outdoors

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.