22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Salento
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Cali
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
8
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Houston

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Blanca and Oceanario. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, kick back and relax at Miramar Beach Club, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online trip itinerary builder .

Houston, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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.
Bring the kids along to Cristal Beach and Mundo Marino. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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.
Attractions like Laguna de Guatavita and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, stop by Vitrina Guayca, and examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Bogota travel route builder website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in December; daily highs in Bogota reach 67°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

2
nights
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 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): get outside with 2000m Descent and more, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Duna Store.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Medellin itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

2
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
On the 22nd (Tue), head outdoors with Globos Colombia and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies and then get in on the family fun at Panaca.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Montenegro online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Montenegro are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Panaca
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Panaca ©
Panaca
Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento online day trip planner .

You can drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cali tour planner .

Getting from Salento to Cali by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

6
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Bring the kids along to Cocoplum Bay and Bahia Suroeste. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Andres Island, with lows of 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mare
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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