29 days in Colombia Itinerary

29 days in Colombia Itinerary

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29 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  30​h
1
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Salento
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
5
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step out of Medellin to go to Penol and see Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and stop by Duna Store.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Medellin day trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Medellin is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Medellin. In January, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

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.
Explore Montenegro's surroundings by going to Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago) and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, get outside with Globos Colombia, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Montenegro trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Los Nevados National Park, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Iglesia de Guadalupe, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza
Highlights from your plan
Los Nevados National Park ©
Los Nevados National Park
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
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). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Salento journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

El Palacio del Barbas
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), experience the excitement of Whee Institute, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bogota sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salento in January, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

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

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oceanario, 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

5
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island route maker website .

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In January in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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