20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then don't miss a visit to Parque de Santander, and finally stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bogota holiday planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Bogota is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in May, expect Santa Marta to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

4
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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

Discover how to plan a Cartagena trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oceanario, Playa Blanca
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

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, stop by Duna Store, let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Medellin sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, Medellin is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

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

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Salento online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
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 20th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies and then find something for the whole family at Panaca.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Montenegro travel planning app .

You can drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Montenegro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Panaca
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Panaca ©
Panaca
Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies

1
night
Bogota

Bogota ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Bogota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Montenegro in May: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque de Usaquen ©
Parque de Usaquen

Similar Plans

24 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM CANADA August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Colombia & Ecuador BY A USER FROM FRANCE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Lima & Colombia BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM BOLIVIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Colombia, Peru & Chile BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife, extra fast, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Extra fast 22 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM CANADA January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, extra slow, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Extra slow 24 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM SPAIN November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM BELGIUM October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans