22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Salento
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h
3
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
5
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and La Catedral Primada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Matarredonda.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bogota planning site .

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in January, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Reserva La Rivera, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Salento reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Reserva La Rivera ©
Reserva La Rivera
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

2
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and then cruise along 2000m Descent and more. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno ©
Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Cocoplum Bay. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner .

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Step out of Santa Marta to go to Minca and see El Dorado Bird Reserve, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundo Marino, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Andres Island in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

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Getting from Santa Marta to Isla Baru by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

6
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.
Visit Miramar Beach Club and Centro Cultural Leandro Diaz for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to La Popa Monastery, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cartagena holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Isla Baru to Cartagena takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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

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