22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 1 night
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Cartagena

— 3 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.
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, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cartagena travel itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

San Andres Island

— 4 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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island road trip website.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In March in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, see Off-Road Tours, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, plan for little chillier nights in Medellin, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally explore the galleries of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Salento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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 17th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cali vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Bogota

— 4 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: Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). 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, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online road trip planner.

You can fly from Cali to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in March, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in March; daily highs in Tayrona National Park reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Santa Marta

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad del Magdalena.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta day trip planner.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

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.