22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isnos
— 1 day
Drive
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San Agustin
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Medellin

— 3 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.
Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and stroll around Parque Lleras.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Medellin road trip planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Medellin is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Medellin due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in August, with highs in Medellin at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salento travel planner.

Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Salento sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Armenia.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Armenia

— 3 nights

Miracle City

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Armenia: Montenegro (Globos Colombia & Parque del Cafe) and Bosques de Cocora (in Salento). There's more to do: make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Quimbaya.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Armenia road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Armenia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Armenia

Theme Parks · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cali

— 3 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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, stroll around Parque de La Salud, and pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cali trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Armenia to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Cali, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Isnos.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Isnos

— 1 day
Isnos is a town and municipality in the Huila Department, Colombia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto de Bordones, and then go for a walk through Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Isnos online route planner.

Getting from Cali to Isnos by car takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Cali in August, expect nights in Isnos to be somewhat warmer, around 31°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Agustin.

Things to do in Isnos

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

San Agustin

— 1 night
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, explore the ancient world of El Purutal, appreciate the history behind El Tablon, then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Agustin trip planner.

You can drive from Isnos to San Agustin in an hour. In August, daytime highs in San Agustin are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites

Bogota

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bogota vacation planning site.

You can fly from San Agustin to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Agustin, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.

Huila Department travel guide

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Ruins · Wildlife Areas · Monuments