18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 1 night
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La Macarena
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Guatape
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Taganga
— 1 night
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Bogota

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll around Parque de Usaquen and then stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bogota day trip tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bogota is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Bogota, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Macarena.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Parks

La Macarena

— 2 nights
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Cano Cristales has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Macarena trip planner.

You can drive from Bogota to La Macarena in 17.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in La Macarena

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Salento road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Macarena to Salento takes 18 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Guatape.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Guatape

— 2 nights
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.
On the 5th (Mon), look for gifts at Esencia del Sol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then get out on two wheels at Guatape Motos. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol and then head outdoors with Cable Paseo Guatape.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Guatape holiday app.

Fly from Salento to Guatape in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Guatape is a bit cooler than Salento - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors · Trails · Tours · Parks

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nabusimake as well as Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Nabusimake. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Guatape to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Guatape in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taganga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Taganga

— 1 night
Known as a nightlife and scuba diving spot, Taganga became a major destination for backpackers and weekend revelers about a decade ago.
To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taganga trip planner.

Taganga is just a short distance from Santa Marta. October in Taganga sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will leave for Cartagena on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Taganga

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Get some cultural insight at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena vacation maker app.

You can drive from Taganga to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, then examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, then stroll through La Piscinita, and then explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island online journey builder.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.