23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Medellin
1
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Manizales
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Pereira
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Armenia
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Cali
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Barranquilla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Medellin

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see Off-Road Tours, cruise along 2000m Descent and more, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Medellin. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
On the 2nd (Sun), get great views at Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales and then get impressive views of Nevado del Ruiz. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manizales itinerary maker.

Getting from Medellin to Manizales by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in August, expect nights in Manizales to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Pereira.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nevado del Ruiz ©
Nevado del Ruiz
Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales ©

1
night
Pereira

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

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Getting from Manizales to Pereira by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. While traveling from Manizales, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pereira, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Armenia.

Things to do in Pereira

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Coffee & Tea Tours

3
nights
Armenia

Armenia ©
The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Armenia side-trips: Montenegro (Globos Colombia & Parque del Cafe) and Bosques de Cocora (in Salento). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Cafe La Morelia, get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Armenia online travel planner .

Getting from Pereira to Armenia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Armenia are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Cali.

Things to do in Armenia

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Montenegro, Bosques de Cocora
Highlights from your plan
Cafe La Morelia ©
Cafe La Morelia
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, and make a trip to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cali trip planner.

You can take a bus from Armenia to Cali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. August in Cali sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bogota online vacation planner .

Getting from Cali to Bogota by combination of bus and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Cali in August, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Barranquilla.

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)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

2
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
On the 15th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo Mapuka, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista, and then stroll around Parque de la Castellana. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Todomono, examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Rosario.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barranquilla online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Bogota to Barranquilla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in August, things will get warmer in Barranquilla: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Caribe ©
Museo del Caribe
Parque de la Castellana ©
Parque de la Castellana
Museo Mapuka ©
Museo Mapuka

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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