18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Covenas
— 1 night
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Bogota
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San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get some historical perspective at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight.

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Minneapolis, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in November; daily highs in San Andres Island reach 86°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Cartagena

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally admire the striking features of Las Bovedas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Baluarte de la Merced, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. December in Cartagena sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Covenas.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. On the 4th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Covenas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Covenas in 3.5 hours. In December in Covenas, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Covenas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla, then identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Isla Baru online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Covenas to Isla Baru takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
On the 6th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and then make a trip to Plaza Botero. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Medellin trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to Medellin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Medellin are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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 8th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Salento, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Cali

— 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with Trip Trip, get a dose of the wild on Andoke, and then examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Camino Real, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, then see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cali tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Cali sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita, relax and rejuvenate at Esensal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and finally make a trip to Bolivar Square.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bogota tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Cali in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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.