21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
2
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
4
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
5
Salento
— 2 nights
6
Medellin
— 2 nights
7
Bogota
— 5 nights

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, stop by El Centro Artesano, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planning app.

Istanbul, Turkey to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Scuba & Snorkeling

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cocoplum Bay.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Andres Island route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): make a trip to Parque de Los Novios and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, thenexamine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, thenexplore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in June: highs in Santa Marta hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, thenexperience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and finally experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salento travel route builder tool.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Salento in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Salento is a bit cooler than Tayrona National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, thenfly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Medellin sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Garrapata Textil, make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, and get your bearings at Luis Angel Arango Library.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in July, expect Bogota to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide, Laguna de Guatavita, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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