28 days in Colombia Itinerary

28 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia route maker

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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Montenegro
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Bogota

— 4 nights

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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bogota sightseeing website.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Cali

— 3 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Step out of Cali with an excursion to Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar in Palmira--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cali trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bogota in September, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cali: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva La Rivera and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salento trip planner.

You can drive from Cali to Salento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cali in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salento: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Montenegro

— 1 night
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
On the 13th (Mon), head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies, then make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montenegro online travel route planner.

You can drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors

Side Trip

Medellin

— 4 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.
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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro El Picacho, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Medellin visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, look for all kinds of wild species at West View, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island journey maker site.

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Medellin in September, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Islas de Rosario and see Oceanario, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In September in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park to see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with Caribe Colombiano Diving, take in the architecture and design of Universidad del Magdalena, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, and make a trip to Parque de Los Novios.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.