18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Salento
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
5
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. In November, Cartagena is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors
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
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bogota itinerary app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in November; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games 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
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento driving holiday tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Salento at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stop by Duna Store.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

4
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, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in San Andres Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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

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