21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 1 night
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly
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Riohacha
— 1 night
Fly
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Pereira
— 9 nights
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Bogota

— 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santa Clara, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclovia de Bogota.

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London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Bogota reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, examine the collection at Island House Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita.

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Getting from Bogota to San Andres Island by flight takes about 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in San Andres Island reach 35°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Cartagena

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): wander the streets of Centro Historico and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Getsemani.

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Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Riohacha.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Riohacha

— 1 night
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle de los Cangrejos and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at El Mercado Nuevo and then get outside with Flamingo Azul.

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You can fly from Cartagena to Riohacha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Riohacha sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Pereira.

Things to do in Riohacha

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pereira

— 9 nights
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Explore hidden gems such as Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza. Escape the urban bustle at Globos Colombia and Cascadas del Rio Verde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pereira: Salento (Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, Bosques de Cocora, &more), Canopy Los Caracolies (in Montenegro) and Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, admire the sheer force of La Cristalina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Marsella.

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Getting from Riohacha to Pereira by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Riohacha in August, with highs in Pereira at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pereira

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.

La Guajira Department travel guide

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Beaches · River Rafting & Tubing · Outdoor Activities