23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
— 3 nights
2
Guatape
— 2 nights
3
Salento
— 2 nights
4
Manizales
— 2 nights
5
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
6
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
7
Cartagena
— 3 nights
8
Isla Baru
— 1 night
9
Bogota
— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Pueblito Paisa and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Arvi and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Parques del Rio, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Medellin driving holiday planner.

Alicante, Spain to Medellin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Alicante to Medellin. Traveling from Alicante in July, plan for little chillier nights in Medellin, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Guatape.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
On the 27th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, then explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Keep things going the next day: get out on two wheels at Guatape Motos.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatape trip itinerary app.

Getting from Medellin to Guatape by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in July, things will get slightly colder in Guatape: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Salento.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Guatape Motos ©
Guatape Motos
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 29th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Guatape to Salento takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in July, things will get a bit warmer in Salento: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manizales.

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

2
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get advice or help at Libelula Libros, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manizales Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Recinto del Pensamiento and then contemplate the geological forces at Nevado del Ruiz.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manizales trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Salento to Manizales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salento in July, you will find days in Manizales are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nevado del Ruiz ©
Nevado del Ruiz
Manizales Cathedral ©
Manizales Cathedral
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima ©
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Manizales to Tayrona National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Manizales in August, expect nights in Tayrona National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 30°C, while days are warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cristal Beach and Playa Grande. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and El Rodadero. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. August in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Playa Grande
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Isla Baru holiday maker website.

Getting from Cartagena to Isla Baru by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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.
Get in touch with nature at Monserrate and Observatorio de Colibries. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Cascada La Chorrera (in Choachi). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bogota road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to Bogota takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Bioparque La Reserva, Cascada La Chorrera, Observatorio de Colibries, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Bolivar Square ©
Bolivar Square

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