22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip maker

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Salento
— 10 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Barranquilla
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Salento

— 10 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get out of town with these interesting Salento side-trips: Cascadas del Rio Verde (in Cordoba), Monumento a Cristo Rey (in Belalcazar) and Chinchina (Hacienda El Sinai & Hacienda Guayabal). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, go for a walk through Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salento trip planner.

Monteria to Salento is an approximately 13.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Monteria in November: high temperatures in Salento hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Medellin

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Mayorca Mega Plaza (in Sabaneta) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras, get great views at Cerro Nutibara, and gain insight at Universidad de Antioquia.

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You can fly from Salento to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Medellin are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Shopping · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Barranquilla

— 2 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Barranquilla, and then contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar. On your second day here, make a trip to Plaza de la Paz - John Paul II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina de Barranquilla, then admire the landmark architecture of Antiguo Edificio de la Aduana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barranquilla trip planner.

Fly from Medellin to Barranquilla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Barranquilla: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 4 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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena tour planner.

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.