22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  31​h 30​min
1
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Salento
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Taganga
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
8
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  13​h 15​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Monserrate, Bolivar plaza and Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Mount Monserrate. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza.

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

Brussels, Belgium to Bogota is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brussels in August; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Bolivar plaza ©
Bolivar plaza

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cerro De Las Tres Cruces. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center and Iglesia El Templete.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cali planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Cali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in August, plan for much warmer days in Cali, with highs around 37°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. On the 17th (Fri), you're off toSalento.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center
Highlights from your plan
Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center ©
Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center
Iglesia El Templete ©
Iglesia El Templete
Cerro De Las Tres Cruces ©
Cerro De Las Tres Cruces

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Bosques de Cocora has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then look for gifts at Plazoleta de los Toldos.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salento trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Plazoleta de los Toldos
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes AltaGracia Café/Bar. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Comercial Santafé and Makeno Tienda.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Medellin using our trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Medellin are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Centro Comercial Santafé ©
Centro Comercial Santafé
AltaGracia Café/Bar ©
AltaGracia Café/Bar
Makeno Tienda ©
Makeno Tienda

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Aquanautas and Island House Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Johnny Cay and La Piscinita. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, stroll through Playa de San Luis, don't miss a visit to Blow Hole, and see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Medellin in August since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Plaza El Castillo, and then explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, then learn about all things military at Naval Museum of the Caribbean, and finally examine the collection at Galeon Bucanero.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taganga.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

4
nights
Taganga

Known as a nightlife and scuba diving spot, Taganga became a major destination for backpackers and weekend revelers about a decade ago.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and El Dorado Bird Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Grande and Playaca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taganga: Minca (El Paraiso de Tuki B&B, Coffee and cacao Farm, Minca, Museo del Cacao de Minca, & more), Playa de las 7 Olas (in Tayrona National Park) and Aracataca (Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum & Iglesia San Jose).

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taganga online vacation planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Taganga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Taganga are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Taganga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Minca, Aracataca, Playa de las 7 Olas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande
Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez ©
Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1
night
Bogota

Bogota ©
Mount Monserrate has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal, wander the streets of Parque 93, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota journey planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Taganga to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Taganga in August, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Parque 93 ©
Parque 93

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