28 days in Colombia Itinerary

28 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

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 still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena visit planner.

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

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
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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.
When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, approximately Tayrona National Park away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium, get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta holiday planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cali.

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

2
nights
Cali

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, then get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cali online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, plan for little chillier nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Salento is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Salento driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cali in January: highs in Salento hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

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

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, get outside with Globos Colombia, relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, and make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montenegro trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Nature Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, Los Nevados National Park, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Highlights from your plan
Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), trek along Las Moyas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and look for all kinds of wild species at Humedal de Cordoba.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bogota road trip planning website.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Medellin in February; daily highs in Bogota reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Vivero Crisalide, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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