21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

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21 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  30​h
1
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

2
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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Parques del Rio, meet the residents at Parque Explora, and get your game on at Tejo In Medellin (tour).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin road trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Medellin is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -15 hour difference. In July, Medellin is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

2
nights
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 29th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montenegro trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bogota road trip site .

You can fly from Montenegro to Bogota in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Montenegro in July; daily highs in Bogota reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
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 striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Marta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in August, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) 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

3
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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, meet the residents at Oceanario, make a trip to Las Bovedas, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena online trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oceanario, Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

4
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, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island road trip tool .

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In August in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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