23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Drive to Covenas
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Covenas
— 1 night
Drive
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Escape the urban bustle at Caribe Extremo and Playa de San Luis. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through La Piscinita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to San Andres Island is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Dammam to San Andres Island. While traveling from Dammam, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Covenas.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Covenas trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Andres Island to Covenas. Traveling from San Andres Island in July, you will find days in Covenas are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Covenas

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Cartagena

— 4 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and stop by La Casa del Joyero.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip builder.

You can drive from Covenas to Cartagena in 3 hours. July in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Santa Marta

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll through El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Marta day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In August in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Medellin

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): walk around Parques del Rio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and finally look for gifts at Evok. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tayrona National Park in August: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salento online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Salento, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Bogota

— 4 nights

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 some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota, and look for gifts at Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salento in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.