22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 4 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Armenia
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Minca
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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4
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Bogota

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bolivar Square and Iglesia de San Francisco. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in December: highs in Bogota hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Salento

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 22nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and finally explore the galleries of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salento vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Salento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In December, Salento is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

4
nights
Medellin

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.
Get in touch with nature at Piedra Del Penol and Cerro El Volador. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Medellin driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Salento to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Minca.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

1
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Minca

A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, then see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Minca trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Minca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Minca is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Nature · Museums

4
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Santa Marta

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cristal Beach and Playa Grande. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, enjoy the sand and surf at Playaca, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Minca to Santa Marta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

5
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Cartagena

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Get some historical perspective at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Torre del Reloj. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, get outside with Boats4U, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanillo del Mar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.