18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Cali
— 1 night
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with Picoloro Ecoturismo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, and then see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cali day trip planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Cali is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in March; daily highs in Cali reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

San Andres Island

— 4 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 West View, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cali in March, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario) and Playa Blanca (in Isla Baru). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, explore the galleries of H by HDC, and look for gifts at Vida Augusta.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin holiday app.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in March, expect Medellin to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Bogota

— 4 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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Bta Capital, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in April, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.