28 days in Colombia Itinerary

28 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Palomino
— 1 night
Drive
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Minca
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Cartagena

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.
Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, appreciate the extensive heritage of Baluarte de la Merced, cool off at Miramar Beach Club, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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Isla Baru

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 7th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru tour planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza Canon de Morgan and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, stroll through Cocoplum Bay, and make a trip to Rocky Cay.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

4
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Bogota

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano (in Tocancipa), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, make a trip to Bolivar Square, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 4.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in March, plan for slightly colder days in Bogota, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
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Medellin

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.
Go for a jaunt from Medellin to La Ceja to see Los Saltos Ecoparque about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, stop by Evok, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip maker website.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Salento

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Change things up with a short trip to El Palacio del Barbas in Filandia (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, explore the galleries of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Salento day trip app.

Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Tayrona National Park

Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Tayrona National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salento in March: high temperatures in Tayrona National Park hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Palomino.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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Palomino

On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Playas de Palomino.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palomino day trip site.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Palomino takes 2 hours. In March in Palomino, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Minca.

Things to do in Palomino

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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Minca

A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Minca trip website.

Getting from Palomino to Minca by car takes about 2 hours. In March in Minca, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Minca

Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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Santa Marta

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.
On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Minca to Santa Marta by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.