21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Fly to Jose Maria Córdova International Airport, Drive to Guatape
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Guatape
— 1 day
Drive
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly

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Guatape

— 1 day
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 28th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol, then head outdoors with ALTITUDE, and then stop by Esencia del Sol.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Guatape travel route planner.

Nis, Serbia to Guatape is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Nis in December: high temperatures in Guatape hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Classes

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, head outdoors with Alma del Bosque, then stop by Tienda Plasma, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Otraparte, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin holiday maker site.

Getting from Guatape to Medellin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Guatape in December, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salento itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de Bogota, stop by Vitrina Guayca, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bogota tour planner.

You can fly from Salento to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Salento in January; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get outside with Andoke, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and finally examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and then stroll around Parque de La Salud.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cali trip website.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cali, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, head off the coast to Cayo Acuario, don't miss a visit to Mare, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner.

Fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 4 hours. Traveling from Cali in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in San Andres Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
On the 10th (Thu), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in January: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 4 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.
Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.