26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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26 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28​h
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
5
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Salento
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
7
Medellin
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
San Gil
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Andres Island is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Andres Island is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in February, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Las Bovedas, stop by El Centro Artesano, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
On the 12th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature Outdoors Beaches

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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip planner .

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In February in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in February, with highs in Bogota at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planner .

Getting from Bogota to Salento by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in February: high temperatures in Salento hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, walk around Parques del Rio, stop by Duna Store, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planning site .

Getting from Salento to Medellin by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

3
nights
San Gil

San Gil ©
Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): walk around Parque La Libertad and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Gil day trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque La Libertad ©
Parque La Libertad

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