20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia attractions planner

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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
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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 25th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

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Rome, Italy to Medellin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Rome in December, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Nature · Parks · Museums

Bogota

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then stop by Vitrina Guayca.

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Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in December: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Nature · Parks

San Agustin

— 2 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at El Purutal, then don't miss a visit to La Chaquira, then don't miss a visit to La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, and finally admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and then explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena.

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Getting from Bogota to San Agustin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Agustin, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Cali.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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 31st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, then admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and then appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and finally examine the collection at MUSA Museo Arqueologico.

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You can drive from San Agustin to Cali in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in December: highs in Cali hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and West View. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, stroll through Playa de San Luis, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

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You can fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Cali in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Plaza de San Diego. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Santa Marta

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park (Playa de las 7 Olas & Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and stroll through Cristal Beach.

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Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.