23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Salento
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
6
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Houston

5
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 Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island travel planner .

Houston, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Colombia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in June, you will find days in San Andres Island are little chillier (87°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Medellin day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, Medellin is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies, and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Quimbaya, then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Montenegro trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Montenegro are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 4th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. On your second day here, push the limits with an extreme tour and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Salento trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Salento, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Laguna de Guatavita and Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Salento in July, with highs in Bogota at 65°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira ©
Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, Santa Marta is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 93°F and lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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

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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

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Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Scuba & Snorkeling

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