22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
6
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Villavieja
— 1 day
Drive:  7 h 15 min
8
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Get some historical perspective at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Take a break from the city and head to Playa de San Luis and Johnny Cay. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, stroll through Playa Charquitos, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to San Andres Island, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can 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
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see El Dorado Bird Reserve about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, stroll around Parque del Agua, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. May in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Scuba & Snorkeling, El Dorado Bird Reserve
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
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plaza Santo Domingo. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Miramar Beach Club, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

Plan trip to Cartagena with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Isla Baru

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

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.
Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to 2000m Descent and more and Parasailing & Paragliding. Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Envigado to see Observatorio Agroecologico El Cafetal about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Parque Arvi, have some family-friendly fun at Tejo In Medellin (tour), get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Envigado, Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, then take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Salento tour builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

1
day
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa, then see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, and then identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Villavieja travel route builder .

You can drive from Salento to Villavieja in 7 hours. In May, Villavieja is a bit warmer than Salento - with highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Sal and Catedral Diocesana. Get outdoors at Mount Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Bogota travel route website .

Traveling by car from Villavieja to Bogota takes 6 hours. Traveling from Villavieja in May, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 67°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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