24 days in Colombia Itinerary

24 days in Colombia Itinerary

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24 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Pereira
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Isla Baru
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Barranquilla
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  19​h 30​min
End: Ljubljana

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of Colombia, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally take a stroll through Parque 93.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota route builder tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bogota is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Bogota is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in November; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Pereira.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Natural Chicaque
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia

5
nights
Pereira

Pereira ©
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Step out of the city life by going to Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Parque Regional Natural Ucumari. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo del Oro Quimbaya and Museo Rayo. Get out of town with these interesting Pereira side-trips: Globos Colombia (in Montenegro), Region Paisaje / Landscape Region (in Salento) and La Virginia (in La Virginia). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira, take in the views from Puente Helicoidal, make a trip to Plaza Victoria, and gain insight at Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pereira road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Pereira takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Pereira at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Pereira

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Salento, La Virginia, Puente Helicoidal, Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Globos Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Museo del Oro Quimbaya ©
Museo del Oro Quimbaya

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.
Visiting Playa de Bocagrande and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Bairro Getsemani and Plaza de La Trinidad. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza de la Proclamacion, stop by La Casa del Joyero, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cartagena online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Pereira to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Pereira in November; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

2
nights
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ensenada de Chengue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jeronimo, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Santa Marta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Isla Baru to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia San Jeronimo ©
Iglesia San Jeronimo

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo San Juan Del Guia. On the next day, stroll through Playa de las 7 Olas.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Outdoors Parks

2
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playas de Santa Veronica, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Mapuka, then stop by Todomono, and finally view the masterpieces at Bojanini Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barranquilla road trip tool .

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Barranquilla in 3 hours. In November in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Playas de Santa Veronica
Highlights from your plan
Museo Mapuka ©
Museo Mapuka
Playas de Santa Veronica ©
Playas de Santa Veronica
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

4
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 2000m Descent and more and Planetario de Medellin. For shopping fun, head to Mayorca Mega Plaza or H by HDC. Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Guatape (ALTITUDE & Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen) and Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Memoria, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Barranquilla to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barranquilla in November, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Guatape, Mayorca Mega Plaza, Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
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