22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Berlin

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): go for a walk through Parque Reloj Solar, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena visit planning website .

Berlin, Germany to Cartagena is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Berlin to Cartagena. In May, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta holiday app .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours
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
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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

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

2
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Camino Real and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cali travel route tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, Cali is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Camino Real
Highlights from your plan
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 9th (Tue), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salento sightseeing planning app .

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Montenegro

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 11th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe and then get outside with Globos Colombia. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and finally head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Montenegro tour builder tool .

You can drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Museo del Oro Quimbaya ©
Museo del Oro Quimbaya

3
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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, cruise along 2000m Descent and more, stop by Makeno Tienda, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Medellin online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Montenegro to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Centro Comercial La Casona de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, learn something new at Whee Institute, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in June, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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