20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cali
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then make a trip to La Popa Monastery.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday maker .

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Cartagena, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
On the 10th (Fri), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Marta trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

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
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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Andres Island driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

1
night
Cali

Cali ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, and then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cali trip website .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora and then explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Salento online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cali in January, you will find days in Salento are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

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

2
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
On the 18th (Sat), head outdoors with Globos Colombia and then get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies.

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Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua ©
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua

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, make a trip to Plaza Botero, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and admire the masterpieces at H by HDC.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin holiday app .

Getting from Montenegro to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), experience the excitement of Whee Institute, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Medellin, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Classes

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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