25 days in Colombia Itinerary

25 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Bogota
— 1 day
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Armenia
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Salento
— 8 nights
Drive
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Jardin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuqui
— 1 night
Drive
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Bogota

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de Guatavita.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bogota online visit planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Bogota to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Salento

— 8 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Iglesia del Carmen and Region Paisaje / Landscape Region are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Comercial Multicentro Ibague and Plazoleta de los Toldos. Venture out of the city with trips to Chorros de Don Lolo (in Santa Rosa de Cabal), Quimbaya (Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose & Balsaje la Berraquera) and El Palacio del Barbas (in Filandia). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, experience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, try to win big at Casino Ipanema Ibague, and identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Salento visit website.

Fly from Bogota to Salento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Salento: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Jardin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Jardin

— 2 nights
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. On the 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Gallito de Roca Preserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Cristo Rey, and finally make a trip to Principal Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jardin road trip planner.

You can drive from Salento to Jardin in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Jardin can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nuqui.

Things to do in Jardin

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Nuqui

— 1 night
Nuquí is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Jovi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nuqui trip itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jardin to Nuqui. Traveling from Jardin in July, expect warmer with lows of 35°C in Nuqui. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Nuqui

Parks · Nature
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Medellin

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Camantours. Get in touch with nature at medellin 2000m DESCENT and Ciclovia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Tesoro Parque Comercial and Centro Comercial Santafé. Change things up with a short trip to Cementerio Jardines Montesacro in Itagui (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola, head outdoors with Parque El Salado, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nuqui to Medellin. Traveling from Nuqui in July, plan for colder nights in Medellin, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 4 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.
Cristal Beach has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to El Dorado Bird Reserve and Paseo El Camellon. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Nabusimake.

Before you visit Santa Marta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in July, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Blanca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Historico and Plaza de La Trinidad. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and make a trip to Plaza de la Proclamacion.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena tour planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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.